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Author Handelman, Susan A.
Title Make yourself a teacher : rabbinic tales of mentors and disciples / Susan Handelman.
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2011.

Author Handelman, Susan A.
Series The Samuel and Althea Stroum lectures in Jewish studies
Samuel and Althea Stroum lectures in Jewish studies.
Subject Eliezer ben Hyrcanus.
Teacher-student relationships in rabbinical literature.
Teacher-student relationships -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Jewish learning and scholarship.
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism.
Spiritual life -- Judaism.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 151 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: I only want the piece which is in your mouth -- Torah of the belly: Rabbi Eliezer starves for a teacher -- The gates of wounded feelings: Rabbi Eliezer is banned -- Father! father! Israel's chariot and horseman!: the passing of Rabbi Eliezer.
Note Print version record.
Summary Make Yourself a Teacher is a teaching book and a book about teaching. It discusses three dramatic, well-known stories about the student and teacher Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus from the Oral Torah. The stories of R. Eliezer serve as teaching texts and models for reflection on the teacher/student relationship in the Jewish tradition and in contemporary culture, with special emphasis on the hevruta mode of Jewish learning, a collaborative process that invites the reader into a dialogue with teachers past and present. Susan Handelman considers how teacher/student relations sustain and renew the Jewish tradition, especially during troubled times. In her commentary on historical and contemporary educational practices, she asks a range of questions about teaching and learning: What is it that teachers do when they teach? How do knowledge, spirituality, and education relate? What might Jewish models of study and commentary say about how we teach and learn today? Handelman not only presents pedagogical issues that remain controversial in today's debates on education but she also brings the stories themselves to life. Through her readings, the stories beckon us to sit among the sages and be their students. -- from back cover.
ISBN 9780295801780 (electronic bk.)
0295801786 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 804853693
Additional Format Print version: Handelman, Susan A. Make yourself a teacher. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2011 9780295991283 (DLC) 2011024354 (OCoLC)713189818

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