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ERIC Number: EJ834575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Extending the Conversation on "Visions of Jewish Education": The Danger of Recipes
Levisohn, Jon A.
Journal of Jewish Education, v71 n3 p319-323 Sep 2005
This articles extends the conversation begun by Levisohn in volume 71:1 of this journal, and continued by a number of respondents in volume 71:2. These articles identify two notable themes among the responses: The first is the issue of pluralism, and the tension between vision and exclusion. Despite the best of intentions, it seems unavoidable that vision-driven institutions must necessarily exclude certain ideas, certain practices, and most painfully, certain people; standing for something must always mean not standing for everything. Second, several respondents are concerned in one way or another with the very nature of an educational vision. Particularly, the question arises whether the construction of a vision around the key question, "What is an educated Jew?", is limiting, either intellectually or practically. Beyond discussing these two themes, the article extends the conversation about vision in Jewish education by raising a concern, which the author attributes to Franz Rosenzweig, about the way in which a commitment to organizing institutions according to vision may obscure the fundamental need for openness and spontaneity in educational arrangements. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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