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The January issue of Sh’ma Now explores the Jewish sensibility of “chavruta/learning partnerships – whether the traditional study method of the beit midrash could be applied to other arenas where we work in partnered ways. What might we draw and apply from the pedagogy of chavruta?
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
This issue of Sh'ma coincides with Shavuot, when, tradition tells us, the Torah was revealed. Jews throughout the world have long marked the eve of the festival with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night text study session that includes conversation, reenactments, and explorations of how Torah and learning shape our lives. This issue demonstrates that many are the ways to learn Torah.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2012
This issue of Sh’ma is devoted to examining what happens at a Jewish table - what we eat, who is invited to sit with us, and what we learn. The word tisch, the Yiddish word for table, is closely associated with a rebbe’s Shabbat gathering. The following essays explore aspects of that gathering: the hierarchical nature of a rebbe’s tisch, the ways in which contemporary Jews might reclaim ecstatic religious passion in an egalitarian setting, the role of the rebbe as charismatic leader, the foods at a Shabbat table, and the women who sustain it.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2012
Is Jewish education predictable? The authors contributing to this issue of Sh'ma attempt to answer that question. Although prophecy is dangerous, some anticipate the continued growth of day schools unless the economic burdens become too heavy to bear and needed subsidies are unavailable. Supplementary education remains problematic. Will it slowly be augmented or will it be replaced by more emphasis on summer camps, intensive retreats and technology that creates virtual day schools, educative social networks and distributed Jewish education faculties? Will we see increasing emphasis on education later in life, when Jewish learning becomes voluntary rather than mandatory? Will we see the flourishing of Jewish studies programs in universities and colleges, the spread of Birthright programs and their follow-ups, and a dramatic growth in adult education programs?
Updated: Jun. 19, 2011
Sh'ma Partners with Berman Jewish Policy Archive to Launch Free, Online Archive Featuring 41 Years of Jewish Commentary
The complete 41-year archive of the journal Sh'ma is being released in June -- online, searchable, and freely available. The digital collection, launched jointly by Sh'ma and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner, features the work of a vast array of Jewish leading intellectuals, including rabbis, scholars, educators, and lay leaders. The collection contains more than 600 full issues and nearly 4,000 individual articles, and includes the voices of some 2,000 writers. The Sh'ma collection is integrated into the general holdings of BJPA, a vast collection of policy-relevant research and analysis on Jewish life available to the public free of charge. Its holdings of over 11,000 publications span from the early 20th century into the 21st, allowing students, researchers, educators, professionals, and others to quickly and easily access the most relevant content.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011
This issue of Sh’ma—published to mark Israel’s Independence Day—takes a multifaceted look at what it means to reflect on and evaluate history. Israel today, both inside and outside its borders, is more than ever before a contested place. Its polity remains starkly divided over issues of war and peace, religion and politics, and the conflicting risks of reconciliation and occupation. Not surprisingly, the best way to acknowledge Israel’s birth and achievements is in itself a matter of debate. There is so much power in the telling of a story, in the narrative arc, and we hope that this issue will provide a range of views about how to tell Israel’s story — that is, how to situate history between myth and counter-myth.
Updated: May. 24, 2011