ERIC Number: ED315350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
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Report on the Development of the Four-Year Halakhah Program of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School.
Harari, Raymond A.; Wolowelsky, Joel B.
Each year, all students at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School (Brooklyn, New York) take a minimum of 17 periods of Jewish Studies in addition to a full program of secular studies. Halakhah (Jewish law) used to be taught within the Talmud class, but teachers often relied on the fact that students had absorbed the basic lexicon of Halakhic terminology at home and gave it a cursory treatment in class. But because students came from a wide spectrum of homes, many lacked the basic skills and vocabulary of Halakhic studies. In addition, teachers generally taught Halakhah from their own perspective of Halakhic observance, and some traditions were thus being ignored. In order to address these problems, a four-year curriculum in Halakhah was instituted. This document describes the goals of the program, gives an outline of the program, describes the teaching staff and their preparation for the program, and discusses how the program was refined. A series of tests and classroom observations indicated that the students did not have the desired skills before the course, but by its completion they had mastered these skills and understood the basic structure and development of the Halakhah. A summary test administered to graduating seniors and covering all four years' work indicated that there was a high retention rate. Parents and students have commented on the serious attitude that students now have toward the study of Halakhah. Sephardic students and their parents have praised the program for presenting Sephardic customs and traditions as having equal standing with those of the dominant Ashkenazic community. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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