How NOT to Teach Gemara in High School (Introduction)

The issue of gemara education in high schools, and specifically the issue of the difficulty of teaching gemara in high schools is something which has been a major bone of contention in the Orthodox world for many years on both sides of the ocean. A decade ago, Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes, head of the Beit Midrash at Beit Morasha, wrote a detailed program advocating a complete revamp of how gemara is taught in high school. The program is preceded by one of the most biting, detailed and powerful critiques of gemara education that I have ever read.

As a public service, I will be translating this critique over the next few weeks. Perhaps those in the US can gain insight from it as well. This is especially in light of the fact that one of the advantages in Israel – knowledge of the Hebrew language – is not generally present in the US.

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9 Responses to How NOT to Teach Gemara in High School (Introduction)

  1. fred says:

    that american orthodox yeshiva students do not graduate with minimal hebrew skills is a scandal. but of course, gemara is written in aramaic…

    i look forward to reading this.

  2. A while ago I started compiling a list of essays I thought every yeshivah boy must read before the end of his year in Israel..Rav Brande’s article should have been on that list. Good choice.

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