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A Philosophy of Havruta

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks with Dr. Elie Holzer about his new book “A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs” (Academic Studies Press). What are the implications for moral education in using havruta paired learning in Jewish studies? Is it merely a technique or are there larger affective goals […]

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New ATID e-Publication: Alan Haber’s “Sharpening the Message: Recommendations for Improving the Effectiveness of Religious Education in Yeshiva High Schools”

Every so often as educators, we need to stop and ask ourselves “How are we doing?” Are we accomplishing as much as we can? Is there anything we can do to improve? We must ask these questions regarding our academic goals – to ascertain that our students understand and remember the material as well as […]

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Book Review: “Letters to an American Jewish Friend”

The ATID Book Podcast went on the road to visit Hillel Halkin in Zichron Yaakov for a wide-ranging discussion on issues emerging from his recently re-issued book, “Letters to an American Jewish Friend: A Zionist’s Polemic” (Gefen Publishing). Halkin came on Aliyah in 1970 and has been a prolific author, novelist, translator and essayist​. When […]

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Counting to Six Million, One Jew at a Time

“And Every Single One Was Someone” is a curious book – 1,250 pages long, with the single word JEW repeated again and again and again, column after column, 6 million times. Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks about the book with its creator Phil Chernofsky, Education Director of the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center in Jerusalem​. They discuss […]

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Book Review: Would You Kill The Fat Man?

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discusses a new book of moral philosophy about the famous “trolley problem”, the point of “life boat ethics”, and the role of philosophical problems and reasoning in education, with author David Edmonds, the co-founder of the popular Philosophy Bites podcast series (www.philosophybites.com), a senior research associate at the Centre for Practical Ethics […]

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