In the period we study (70-1492), Jews read the Torah in Hebrew and learned the different local languages of the locations in which they dwelled (e.g., Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Spanish and German). The Homeless Are Our Neighbors and Guests. Jews or people of Jewish descent have been recipients of all six awards, including 41% of economics, 28% of medicine, 26% of physics, 19% of chemistry, 13% of literature and 9% of all peace awards. Yet, let us repeat even more forcefully than we already have: we do not deny restrictions or persecutions or expulsions in Jewish history. We disagree with this statement. The prophecy of the Babylon Talmud is: âThe city, whose children are not going to school, will be ruined.â The investment in literacy was at first motivated with only religious motives, but later it has proofed to be a very useful and promising basis for existence. Not ‘happy’ in the smiley or laughing sense of the word, although the world surely needs a whole lot more of both these days. David Nasaw’s “The Last Million” recalls the heroic, shameful story of World War II’s displaced persons. Certainly, from time to time, you organize a farbrengen between yourself and the others who work in the yeshivah, a farbrengen like the Rebbe would have wanted — and wants — with brotherly love, [an emphasis on] strengthening the Torah and its mitzvos in general, and with the love for one’s fellow Jew, the love for the Torah and the love for G‑d, in particular. The Jewish Education Project Franci Pivec, 19.6.2013. New York, NY 10018 Importantly the social context in which we currently exist is essential in informing this new vision for Jewish education. Jewish farmers in the Near East had neither the money to learn to read nor much use for the skill. Parshat Toldot: Enough Blessings for Each of Us. 914-328-8090, A beneficiary of UJA Federation of New York, Resources and opportunities for educators. The synagogues were determinate to this purpose, teachers have been raised and an educational system with Babylonian summit has been established. To what extent was Judaism unique in requiring its members to read a sacred text? The net result? On the market: 203 West 90th Street, #7B | Asking: $2,950,000, Upper West Side 3-Bed/3-Bath Luxury Condo with Terrace, Raphael Warnock Tests the Political Viability of Liberal Zionism. Some learned Hebrew and many more learned to read their spoken language of Yiddish, which is written in Hebrew characters. To be clear: this is not a call to eliminate Torah or Jewish texts from our learning. Not ‘happy’ in the smiley or laughing sense of the word, although the world surely needs a whole lot more of both these days. The answer is: no. Editors Note: The Synagogue as the Jewish Community Centre enables the community to pray, learn about Judaism, have discussions and look after members of the community. Jewish educators shouldn’t understand their task simply to be transmitting a single canon to a group of learners, but individuating Jewish learning to ensure that it impacts as many different people as possible. On the south coast it is probably the oldest Jewish community outside London. Today, it is particularly important to invest even greater effort in connecting the next generation to the Jewish heritage, history, and peoplehood, which is critical in strengthening the ties between Israel and the Diaspora, and in providing our children with a clear and meaningful Jewish identity, while preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow. If Jewish educators are unable to translate our tradition to the issues that really matter in people’s lives today, they will fail. In significant decline, Jewish education required an infusion of modernization and new blood, and it came in the person of Samson Benderly. Centuries later, this apparently odd choice of a religious norm became the lever of the economic prosperity and intellectual achievements of the Jews. Jewish day schools combine a full secular curriculum with Jewish cultural and religious instruction. Primary schools were established in cities towns villages - even hamlets. To those readers who are skeptical about the novelty of the analysis in our book, we reply with three main points. Yisrael Meir HaKohen (the âChafetz Chaiyim) sought to correct this, so he wrote (10) Sefer HaMitzvot HaKatzar (âShort Book of Commandmentsâ) that only includes those that he deemed applicable in the twentieth century. He followed this up with his enormous work (9) Mishneh Torah that included the 613 commandments, and added the entire body of Talmudic law to it. In the colonial era and throughout the early 19th century, education was not considÂered to be a Jewish communal responsibility.