CALL FOR PAPERS
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We are pleased to announce that ATID is
planning to publish a special volume of essays on “Issues and
Challenges in Contemporary Torah Education” (working title). This
book will be co-published in English with Urim
Publications, Jerusalem. We are
seeking serious submissions from a broad spectrum of the community of
Orthodox Jewish educators, scholars, writers and thinkers. This volume
is intended to be a collection of thought-provoking studies, in which
teachers of Torah articulate positions about teaching Torah. We hope the
volume’s distinction will be in the recording of a reflective effort
by outstanding Jewish educators on the nature and content of our craft,
and constitute an important contribution to our field.
We have tentatively organized sections of the book
according to the following general topics:
- Studies on the Teaching and Study of Tanakh
- Studies on the Teaching and Study of Torah she-be’al Peh—Talmud
- “Ishim ve-Shittot”
Examinations of the educational philosophy and/or
pedagogical techniques of classic or modern Torah educators, leaders
or thinkers, with particular attention placed on implications of those
teachings for contemporary education.
- Meta-Issues in Torah Education
Analyses of general issues which have global
importance to our work in education, such as: philosophy of education,
explication of goals and methods, combating specific problems, and so
forth. Examples might include: educating for spirituality, improving
Jewish prayer, character and moral development, uses of the arts in
Torah education, etc.
- New Readings of Classical Texts
New examinations and parshanut of
classical biblical, rabbinic (halakhah or aggadah)
or other Jewish texts relating to Jewish learning and teaching,
role of study in Jewish life, teacher-student relationship, etc.
In certain cases, we will consider articles which
have been previously published, but which may receive wider
dissemination by being included in this volume. We will similarly
consider translations into English of essays originally published in
We hope you will be interested in contributing to
this volume. If you would like to propose an article, please submit a
1-2 page abstract, by June 7, 2001, via e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
or to ATID, 9 HaNassi St., Jerusalem 92188 Israel. Abstracts will be
peer reviewed by the editors as well as by the editorial committee,
which is comprised of R. Chaim Brovender, R. David Ebner, Yoel Finkelman,
Gribetz, and Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky.
Upon approval of proposals, we will give authors
guidelines and style instruction for full manuscripts, which will
generally run 15-25 double-spaced pages, and will be due by May 1, 2002.
For more information please do not hesitate to
contact Jeffrey Saks at email@example.com
or at +972-2-567-1719. For more information about ATID’s full range of
activities, please visit us at www.atid.org.
Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
Prof. Susan Handelman
Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of
ATID. He received ordination and an MA from Yeshiva University, NY, and
was previously the director of Yeshivat HaMivtar in Efrat. He was a
participant on the Jerusalem Fellows program for senior educators, and
has published articles in Tradition.
Susan Handelman is a professor of English
literature and gender studies at Bar-Ilan University, and for many years
taught literature and Jewish studies at the University of Maryland. Her
books include The Slayers of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic
Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory and Fragments of
Redemption: Jewish Thought and Literary Theory in Scholem, Benjamin and
Levinas. She recently co-edited Torah of the Mothers:
Contemporary Jewish Women Read Classical Jewish Texts.
ATID—The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions is
an independent, privately funded foundation which aims to foster new and
significant thought on the crucial issues facing Jewish education among
future leaders in the field—students, young educators, and other
professionals who will serve as lay leadership—and to develop
effective and implementable pedagogies and strategies for improving
Torah education in the modern world. Rabbi Chaim Brovender is the
president of ATID.