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ERIC Number: EJ883828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Disorienting Orientations
Gillis, Michael
Journal of Jewish Education, v76 n2 p108-110 2010
This article presents the author's response to Jon A. Levisohn's article entitled "A Menu of Orientations in the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature." Levisohn's article provides educators with a comprehensive review of possible modes of studying and teaching rabbinic literature. His method of extensive consultation and dialogue with teachers of different backgrounds, philosophies, and teaching-settings gives his comments a groundedness in practice while his theoretical grasp of the varieties of rabbinic scholarship enable him effectively to categorize the various approaches to teaching and learning. While there is much to be learned here about the variety of approaches to learning and teaching rabbinic literature as well as from the exceptional breadth of the paper's review of the relevant literature, there remains some lack of clarity about the concept of "orientation" itself. One might facetiously call for a taxonomy of orientations towards orientations. In this article, the author suggests putting aside the pedagogical orientations: "Bekiut," "Interpretive," and "Skills." Next, he suggests combining all the orientations that treat rabbinic literature as texts that address educators directly as teaching texts in the present under the "Torah/Instruction" orientation. The author argues that for the idea of "orientation" to be effective more needs to be done to avoid the proliferation of orientations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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