Beit Midrash Research Project

Publications and Additional Resources

Kent, Orit and Allison Cook (Forthcoming 2014). Teachers as Learners and Practitioners: Shifting Teaching Practice Through Havruta Pedagogy. Journal of Religious Education [Preprint-PDF].

Kent, Orit and Allison Cook (2013). "Intentional Chevruta Learning: Cultivating Ethical and Spiritual Growth in Learners." Think, The Lola Stein Institute Journal (Fall 2013). 22-23.

Holzer, Elie, with Orit Kent (2013). A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs. Academic Studies Press.

Kent, Orit and Allison Cook  (2012). "Havruta Inspired Pedagogy: Fostering An Ecology of Learning for Closely Studying Texts with Others." Journal of Jewish Education 78:3. [Preprint-PDF]

Kent, Orit and Allison Cook. "Interpretive Experience as the Fulcrum of Tanakh Education." Ha'Yidion (Summer 2012). 58-60.

Kent, Orit and Allison Cook (2012). "Three Partners in Study: Two People and a Text." Sh'ma, A Journal of Jewish Ideas. 42:690.

Holzer, Elie and Orit Kent ( 2011). "Havruta: What do we know and what can we hope to learn?" in International Handbook of Jewish Education 5. New York: Springer.

Kent, Orit (2010), "A Theory of Havruta Learning," Journal of Jewish Education, 76:3,  215 - 245. [Preprint version for non-JJE subscribers]

This paper proposes core havruta practices that work together in pairs in dynamic relationship.  The pairs of core practices are:  listening and articulating; wondering and focusing; and, supporting and challenging.  This article serves to inform the current work we do with practitioners, as well as our research agenda.

Holtzer, Elie ( 2009). " 'Either a Hevruta Partner or Death': A Critical View on the Interpersonal Dimensions of Hevruta Learning." The Journal of Jewish Education, 75:2, 130-149.

Kent, Orit (2008). Interactive Text Study and the Co-Construction of Meaning: Havruta in the DeLeT Beit Midrash. Brandeis University.  Doctoral dissertation.

Feiman-Nemser, Sharon (2006). "Beit Midrash for Teachers: An Experiment in Teacher Preparation." Journal of Jewish Education. 72:3 (2006). p. 161-181.

Holzer, Elie (2006). "What Connects 'Good' Teaching, Text Study and Hevruta Learning? A Conceptual Argument." Journal of Jewish Education. 72:3,183-204.

Kent, Orit (2006). "Interactive Text Study: A Case of Hevruta Learning." Journal of Jewish Education. 72:3, 205-232

Related Publications

Bergom, Inger, Mary C. Wright,  Marie Kendall Brown, and Michael Brooks (2011, January-February). "Promoting College Student Development Through Collaborative Learning A Case Study of Hevruta." Wiley Online Library.

Raider-Roth, Miriam and Holzer, Elie (2009). "Learning to be Present: How Hevruta Learning Can Activate Teachers' Relationships to Self, Other and Text." Journal of Jewish Education, 75:3, 216-239.

Brown, Steven M. and Mitchel Malkus ( 2008). "Hevruta as a Form of Cooperative Learning." Journal of Jewish Education. 73:3, 209-226.

Holzer, Elie (2007, March). "Ethical Dispositions in Text Study." Journal of Moral Education. 36:1.

________(2007, December). "Allowing the Biblical Text to do its Pedagogical Work: Connecting Interpretative Activity and Moral Education." Journal of Moral Education. 36:4.

Ratzersdorfer Rosen, G. (2003). Empathy and Agression in Torah Study: Analysis of a Talmudic description of Hevruta Learning. In Wisdom from All My Teachers, J. Sacks and S. Handelman (Eds.). Jerusalem and New York: Urim, 249-263.

Siegel, A. (2003). Hevruta Study: History Benefits and Enhancements. Jerusalem: ATID.

Halbertal, M. Hartman Halbertal, T. (1994). The Yeshivah. In A.O. Rorty (Ed.), Philosophers on Education: New Historical Perspectives. New York: Routledge Stone.

Jaffe, A. (1992). Two thousand years of Interactive Readers: The Jewish Tradition of Text Study and Commentary. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference. Kansas City: University of Missouri.