Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Beth Medrash of Avraham Avinu

In September 2005, R. Nathan Lopes Cardozo gave a lecture at the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem about his vision of Jewish education and future. I don't quite know what to make of it. In it, R. Cardozo rejects a lot of things: both the Modern Orthodox and Charedi approaches; the lomdus method of studying Gemara; academia; basically the entire establishment and status quo. He proposes spending more time on aggadah and that Gemara be learned with a focus on Jewish thought and finding patterns among the different talmudic personalities. He suggests constantly questioning, even well-established beliefs.

Frankly, I'm a bit concerned. I have nothing but tremendous respect for R. Cardozo but I just don't know what this is all about.

Definitely worth the read: link

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