Teaching More than the Source

By Meridith Woocher

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2003

Woocher observes that the idea of going "back to the sources" has fully seeped into the consciousness of American Jews, who recognize that access to these sources is the key to joining the conversation that Jews have had with sacred text for centuries. However, for many, the journey is not back to the "sources" but to a single, original source, the Torah, which is read largely removed from the context of interpretation and expansion that created the rabbinic tradition. Though this reading facilitates learners' sense of empowerment and ownership, there is danger about teaching the Torah in isolation, lest learners not understand that the Jewish textual conversation is traditionally viewed as a continuum rather than a division between Torah and all that came after.

Topic: Tradition, Education, Jewish Text, Jewish Literacy

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.606

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Woocher, Meridith. Teaching More than the Source. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2003: 10-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7897


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