​Methods in Teaching Talmud

A basic course in the program: Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Talmudic Literature and Oral Law.
This course is an in-depth look at the logical character of the Talmud. Study of the stages of the editing and the compilation of the Talmud will serve as a foundation for the examination of a variety of sugyot (i.e. Talmudic discussions) and the typology of those sugyot. The course will offer teaching strategies suitable to the types of sugyot, and instruct students how to construct various types of graphic schematic maps that encode the different classes of Talmudic sugyot. Simplification of these structures in order to include and generalize as many sugyot as possible under one scheme will be emphasized. Besides the “Cognitive Map” method, we will also mention other methods like “Revadim” and Gemara Berura”. ​​​
  1. The student will be able to teach Jewish Studies with computers.
  2. The student will be introduced to models of concept mapping, charts, flowcharts and other visual aids..
  3. The student will learn to promote affect by technological motivation tools
  4. The student will be able to apply a variety of models when teaching traditional texts with computerized Cognitive Maps.
Specific Course Requirements:
  1. Basic knowledge of the Jewish Holy Scriptures and Jewish literature.
  2. Knowledge in operating Internet programs Word and Power-point.
Hardware and Software Requirements:
  1. You should have a minimum of a 133 MHz processor and 32 MB of memory.
  2. The course is created for PC’s. You should be running Office 2000 (or greater) with Power-point and Word.
Dr. Tzvika Kanarek

Dr Kanarek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Management from Bar Ilan University, Master’s degrees in Jewish Education from Touro College and from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation was on teaching Talmud through Cognitive Maps.

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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