Teaching Hebrew Through Value-Concepts

By Theodore Steinberg

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), April 1995

The author of this article asks why American Jews insist on teaching their children Hebrew. While not objecting to Hebrew schools teaching Hebrew, he claims that there should also be a stress on teaching Judaism's classical value-oriented vocabulary, words such as tzedakah (charity), hesed (loving-kindness), rahamim (mercy), galut (exile) and het (sin), and that the child be encouraged to use these words in English conversation. This approach stems from Max Kadushin's value-concepts, the subject of the author's dissertation. The article then continues to explain some of Kadushin's main value-concepts, and how these can be implemented in schools.

Topic: Children, Pedagogy, Hebrew, Values

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Page Number(s): 90-100

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Steinberg, Theodore. Teaching Hebrew Through Value-Concepts. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). April 1995: 90-100. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12839


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