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What do religious Zionist youth in Israel believe? What are their sources for this belief?
Does the study of Jewish Thought and Philosophy contribute to clarifying their beliefs and
commitments, as their teachers and curriculum specialists would want? In this Hebrew
monograph from the "Notes From ATID" series, a group of ATID Fellows set out to answer
these questions based on in-depth interviews with students in the Israeli religious school
system. The results question the effectiveness of current curricula, and challenge educators
to develop new thought and strategies regarding the connection between studying Machshevet
Yisrael (Jewish Thought) and the beliefs, behaviors, and values of their students.
Dr. Yoel Finkelman is ATID's Director of Research and Projects, and a teacher
at Midreshet Lindenbaum. This work was co-authored by a team of ATID Fellows:
Yossi Eizman, Daphna Fishman Secunda, Avi Rokach, Ayal Vizenfeld, Moshe Weinstock,
Daniel Wolf. The volume contains a response essay by Rabbi Dr. Yochai Rudik, inspector for Jewish
Thought in the Israeli Ministry of Education, Department of Religious Education.