Teaching Mishnah: Goals and Skills

A basic course in the program: Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Talmudic Literature and Oral Law.
In this course we will examine methods of teaching Mishnah, the foundational document of Talmudic Literature and Oral Law. We will discuss the formidable challenges involved in effective Mishnah teaching and survey strategies and techniques that have been proposed for confronting them. The course will focus on integrative and text-based teaching methods, which utilize creative reading strategies in order to render the text accessible to students and open it for analysis and discussion.​​
  1. To acquaint the student with the problems and challenges involved in effective Mishnah teaching.
  2. To survey strategies and techniques that educators have proposed for effective Mishnah teaching and to examine their advantages and disadvantages.
  3. To give the student a broader and deeper knowledge of the nature, history, and purpose of Mishnah redaction and of Mishnah commentary.
  4. To examine the skills goals and educational goals involved in teaching Mishnah and explore methods for teaching them.
  5. To examine how creative reading strategies may be utilized didactically in order to deepen knowledge, foster skills development, and encourage thought and discussion regarding Jewish values.
Walfish, Avraham Rabbi Dr

Dr Walfish holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yeshiva University, and a Master’s and PhD degrees in Talmudic Literature from Hebrew University. His dissertation focused on Literary Phenomena in Mishnah and their conceptual significance.
He received semicha from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg, and has taught in many institutions of Jewish learning, including Drisha, Pardes, and Matan. Currently he teaches at Herzog College in Alon Shvut, at Bar-Ilan University, and at the Hesder Yeshiva in Tekoah.

The opening of a course is dependent on the number of participants.

If a course is not given in a particular semester, registrants may:​

  • Choose an alternate course from the ones that are offered
  • Postpone studies to the following semester
  • Receive a full tuition refund.​

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