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Prof. Jane Kanarek

Prof. Marjorie Lehman

Learning to Read Talmud

What it Looks Like and How it Happens
Talmud texts

Reading Talmud requires sophisticated textual interpretive abilities and has its own particular characteristics.  But, how do students learn to read Talmud? How can we assess that process?  What can we learn about the pedagogic practices that foster successful reading of Talmud?  

Drawing on a relatively new and growing body of scholarship in the field of Talmud pedagogy, this project builds on the earlier Initiative on Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies in two ways:

  • It continues and deepens the Bridging Initiative's focus on the teaching and learning of classical Jewish texts.
  • It recruits creative and thoughtful instructors of Talmud to study their own practice and their students' learning.

Through the formation of a cohort of scholars of Talmud who are teaching in higher education settings, "Learning to Read Talmud" creates an opportunity for them to examine their teaching practices and students’ learning processes. This cohort of scholars will produce an edited volume of studies of their courses that will develop further an understanding of how students learn to read Talmud. The goal is to help instructors in multiple settings improve their practice.