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Thursday, May 10, 2007

A New (Old?) Approach to Learning Chumash

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz has posted a 56 page pre-production Chumash Workbook sample and a letter explaining what it's about. He is very interested in as much feedback as possible prior to final production.

This effort is all about teaching skills to our children, something that has been sorely missing in Jewish education.



  • At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As an educator, I find it troubling that you find this material particularly innovative and think schools neglect skills. 90% of what we do is skills work which is why we get blasted that kids are so 'uninspired'.

    There is a plethora of material on that is quite similar to this format. Also P'Tach has two workbooks which are excellent and build translation as well as higher order thinking skills. The problem is that this workbook is only going to be 1/2 a Parsha. It is geared for 1st grade/2nd grade - and there is plenty out there for those grades. What I need is material for shmos & bamidbar for middle school and high school to reinforce or introduce skills. Or I need someone who knows Israeli workbooks and import the good ones here.

  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Please post your comments on Rabbi Horowitz's. I am not competent to address your points and Rabbi Horowitz is anxious for feedback.

  • At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I completely disagree that skills are under-emphasized. What is emphasized? Accumulation of knowledge? Please. How much knowledge does an average 12th grader leave a yeshiva high school with? There is no focus on knwledge and there is no systematic process to the teaching of what little knowledge is actually taught. Is there one MO school (I have no knowledge of chareidi schools) that begins teaching chumash with Vayikra?


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