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ERIC Number: ED353547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 16
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Two Thousand Years of Interactive Readers: The Jewish Tradition of Text Study and Commentary.
Pace, Ann Jaffe
The Jewish tradition of text study and commentary may convey important messages to educators because of its probable inherent interest and for possible recommendations for pedagogical practice that might be suggested by it. Beyond seeking guidance in religious and everyday affairs, the last 2000 years of Torah study reveals a passionate commitment to uncovering, elucidating, and elaborating on the meaning of the written text; and the interactive response which this commitment fostered itself produced later text and commentary. In its broadest sense, "Torah" refers to the whole of the Hebrew Bible and to later texts and commentaries on it. Torah study essentially involves reading the text and responding to it in a social context, usually students with a master teacher. The process was, and is, dynamic and continuous, as well as both timeless and time-bound. Pedagogical implications of the tradition of Torah study include: (1) the value of collaboration where goals are explicit and mutual; (2) a balanced approach between personal response and a text accepted as authoritative; (3) acceptance of multiple points of view, as long as they can be supported by arguments or demonstration; (4) ongoing and intergenerational modeling of appropriate approaches to text; and (5) a continuous development of "text on text," by which commentaries and interpretations of texts become texts to be studied. (Two figures of schematic representations of Torah pages and the first page of the Tractate Berakhot are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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