What is taught in talmud class: Is it class or is it talmud?

Aliza Segal, Zvi Bekerman

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This article presents an empirical study of a seventh-grade Talmud class in a religious boys' school in Israel. This case study touches upon and attempts to elucidate aspects of several broader areas. It is fundamentally an example of the transmission of culture, values, and culturally valued text in a schooling context, which exists within a larger societal framework. Using ethnographic methods, and informed by discourse analysis in general and classroom discourse in particular, the study reflects upon the relationship between schooling and its surrounding society and the constraints put into place by the very structures of the institution of school on the study of Talmud.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-46
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Jewish Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies


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