Sunday, January 13, 2008

Integration in Jewish Education

The Visions of Jewish Education Project is pleased to announce a new essay, “Vision of a Modern Orthodox Jewish Education,” by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler (link-PDF). Rabbi Bieler’s research is part of the ongoing VJEP collaboration with leading scholars and education in North American Modern Orthodox communities (link).

Rabbi Bieler’s essay offers a model of Judaism and Jewish education based on the principle of integration. His paper addresses several fundamental assumptions that form the basis for his claims regarding Jewish education. Following the principle of “ongoing, personal involvement with God,” Bieler points to “the sensibility that Judaism is part and parcel of the broadest possible understanding and conceptualization of human civilization and therefore by definition can be harmonized” with other values.

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