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The Wisdom of Judaism—Teacher's Guide

An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

8.5 x 11, 18 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-350-7

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Insights, Ideas and Thoughtful Questions for Discussing with
Students the Essential Core of Judaism—the Talmud
A step-by-step guide to creative use of The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud in the classroom. Each lesson includes:
  • An opening hook to grab students’attention
  • Intriguing discussion questionsto guide students in a personalexploration of the Talmud
  • Opportunities for students to engage the text
This comprehensive teaching tool will help you guide each student to a deeper understanding of the Talmud and its eternal wisdom.
About The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud
While the Hebrew Bible is the cornerstone of Judaism, it is the Talmud that provides many central values for living. The Talmud sets out specific guidelines and lyrical admonitions regarding many of life’s ordinary events, and offers profound words of advice for life’s most intractable dilemmas.
This accessible introduction to the Talmud explores the essence of Judaism through reflections on the words of the rabbinic sages, from one of American Judaism’s foremost teachers and writers, Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins. Rabbi Elkins provides fresh insight into ancient aphorisms and shows you how they can be applied to your life today. Topics include:
  • Kindness through Giving
  • Welcoming and Sharing
  • Human Relationships
  • Personal Values
  • Family Values
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Life’s Puzzles
Enlightening and inspiring, the values of the Talmud can be appreciated not just by Jews, but by anyone seeking a greater understanding of life and its mysteries.
Praise for The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud
“This accessible introduction to the morality of Judaism contributes significantly to our practical understanding of Talmudic wisdom.”
Publishers Weekly
“Beautifully shows the eternal wisdom of our sages in our contemporary world. Elkins’ personal wisdom is interwoven with ancient texts to illuminate so many issues with which we are faced today. A valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the great worth of the Talmud.”
Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, PhD, founder and director,
Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study
“Filled with gems of insight and inspiration.”
Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, California

 

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