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In Preparation
Marital Bicultural Identities: The Case of Religious - Secular Mixed Couples in Israel
Belzer M. Marital Bicultural Identities: The Case of Religious - Secular Mixed Couples in Israel. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. In Preparation.Abstract

The increased contact between diverse cultures in recent years has precipitated growing interest in research on biculturalism. Due to migration, globalization, travel, media and electronic communication, people have closer acquaintance with diverse cultures and ethnic groups than ever before (Nguyen & Benet-Martínez, 2007). This fact is increasingly of more significance in the study of contemporary identity formation. Scholars have been interested in biculturalism as a prime illustration of the modern phenomenon of identity negotiation against the backdrop of the availability of social identities, the fluidity of social interactions and the multiplicity of choice available to the individual who comes into contact with more than one culture. This research aims to examine the process of bicultural identity negotiation within the specific context of the bicultural couple, extending and adapting two existing models of bicultural assessment from the bicultural individual and applying it to the bicultural couple: the bi-dimensional acculturation model (Berry, 1990, 1997, 2003) and the Bicultural Identity Integration model – BII (Benet-Martínez, 2010). The new conceptualization and measurement will be applied to religious-secular mixed couples in Israel - 'bicultural' Israeli couples in which one spouse defines him/herself as religious and the other as secular. Specifically, the study will examine the relationships between the level and patterns of marital bicultural identities and three central psychological aspects of marital functioning: (a) marital satisfaction (b) the level of differentiation of self, and (c) conflict resolution styles. This study will employ questionnaires measuring aspects of marital functioning which are existing validated measures widely used in marital research. The questionnaires derived from the new conceptualizations of biculturalism put forward in this study will be developed within the framework of the research, based on a preliminary qualitative phase using an exploratory mixed methods design (Creswell, 2005). Examining religious-secular bicultural couples is of particular relevance in the Israeli context, where there are deep divides between the religious and secular subgroups, but also a great deal of shared interaction and exchange in day to day life. In some sense, bicultural couples reflect on a small scale the broader cultural divides within Israeli society, and hence their study promises interesting and highly relevant insights with regard to Israeli society at large. Examining the patterns of interaction that contribute to strong relationships amongst couples who must bridge cultural divides within their marriages and resolve conflict stemming not only from personal, but from cultural differences as well, may have theoretical implications for conflict resolution within the broader society suffering from cultural alienation amongst different subgroups.

Study of the formation of the characters of Esau and Zipporah in the biblical narrative and in the Legends of the Sages as a gateway for investigation of the cultural attitude to the stranger...
Hameiri A. Study of the formation of the characters of Esau and Zipporah in the biblical narrative and in the Legends of the Sages as a gateway for investigation of the cultural attitude to the stranger.. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. In Preparation.Abstract

The objective of the thesis, is to understand the structuring of the cultural attitude to the stranger as it transpires from the literary formation of Esau and Zipporah in the biblical narrative and the Midrashic narrative as a basis for educational perception in the field of Jewish teaching. As educators, involved in the mediation of Jewish texts to their students, we wish to investigate not only what the attitude is to the stranger characters who appear in the narrative but rather also what this attitude can teach us about the appropriate educational method when we come to deal with the attitude to male and female stranger characters in general.

Forthcoming
The Rabbinic culture of learning in the light of the dialogues in their literature.
Fogel S. The Rabbinic culture of learning in the light of the dialogues in their literature. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. Forthcoming.Abstract

I study the history of early rabbinic higher education and culture of learning, as it reflected in their literature and in comparison to their contemporary non-Jewish environment. I am specifically interested in the "Orders of discourse" as they can be reconstructed through the analyzes the dialogues between masters and disciples.

2016
מדרש קהלת רבה א'-ו'
Hirshman M. מדרש קהלת רבה א'-ו'. Jerusalem: מפעל המדרש שליד מכון שכטר למדעי היהדות; 2016 pp. 363.Abstract

 

מדרש קהלת רבה א'-ו'

מהדורה ביקורתית על פי כתבי יד וקטעי גניזה עם מבוא, מסורת המדרש, חילופי נוסח ופירוש

מאת מנחם הירשמן

בסיועו של שאול ברוכי

מדרש קהלת רבה הוא מדרש שנערך בארץ ישראל במאה השישית או בראשית המאה השביעית. הוא מכיל את התמודדותם של חז"ל עם אחד הספרים המאתגרים במקרא, והינו אוצר יקר של מחשבת חז"ל על האדם ועל המוות והשמחה. המדרש מופיע כאן לראשונה במהדורה ביקורתית על פי כתבי יד וקטעי גניזה עם מבוא ופירוש יחד עם מדרש קהלת זוטא.

 

Kol Hamercaz
Kol Hamercaz. 2016;(21).PDF icon kol_hamercaz_21_august_2016.pdf
It's Our Challenge. A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education
Mirvis J. It's Our Challenge. A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education. Oxford & Shrewsbury: Youcaxton Publications; 2016.
Visions in Action. Selected Writings.
Fox S. Visions in Action. Selected Writings. Softcover. (Cohen J). Jerusalem: Keter Press; 2016 pp. 360.
The Halakhah as an Event
Rosenak A. The Halakhah as an Event. Jerusalem: Magnes Press; 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Halakha is not just a body of literature; it is also a cultural event. It follows then that the philosophy of Halakha must address the happening of the Halakha. Surprisingly, till now philosophers of Halakha have not addressed this dimension of the event or the happening of the Halakha. The articles in this book are an attempt at facing this challenge. But this is not simple because herein lies a paradox. If the event or the happening is something that lies outside the confines of what is captured in the written word, the effort to write about it is one that must take us on a fascinating journey between what is possible and what perhaps is not.
What is the nature of the Halakha as an event? What is the knowledge contained in this dimension of the Halakha that defies conceptualization in the written word? How does the insight that the Halakha is principally an event dramatically affect the philosophy of the Halakha?
As we have said, philosophers of the Halakha have not addressed this question before and the authors in this collection – scholars and researchers from a wide range of fields – are all facing it for the first time bringing to it a wide range of tools from fields as varied as philosophy, Jewish thought, performance, cinema, group dynamics, cognition, gender studies and more. Together they offer us a new discourse and framework for conceptualizing the philosophy of the Halakha.

2015
Kol Hamercaz
Kol Hamercaz. 2015;(20).PDF icon kol_hamercaz_20 July 2015.pdf
הוראת תרבות ישראל: בין הערכי לרלוונטי
Rosenak M. הוראת תרבות ישראל: בין הערכי לרלוונטי.; 2015.Abstract

רוזנק, מ' (2015). הוראת תרבות ישראל: בין הערכי לרלוונטי. ירושלים: מרכז מלטון; תל אביב: מכון מופ"ת.

מטרתו של הספר לעורר דיון מעמיק בדרכי ההוראה של המקורות והמסורת היהודית, ולהעשיר דיון זה בהצגת גישת ההוראה הערכית-רלוונטית למורים ולמחנכים בחינוך היהודי הפורמלי ובחינוך הבלתי פורמלי. גישה זו נועדה לעורר דיאלוג בין התלמידים לבין המקורות והמסורת, בין התלמידים לבין עצמם ובינם לבין המחנכים. אך יותר מכך, הגישה הערכית-רלוונטית מבקשת לעורר דיאלוג בין ציבורים בעלי תפיסות יהודיות שונות, להציע שפה יהודית הולמת, אותנטית ורלוונטית, תחת מכנה משותף תוכני-ערכי ומתוך כבוד והערכה הדדית, בלי שאיש יחוש כאילו הוא ויתר מראש על השקפתו. כל אחד ואחת יחוש כי הוא מוצא עצמו מועשר בהשקפותיהם של האחרים. הספר כולל גם רעיונות ודוגמאות ליישום העקרונות החינוכיים הלכה למעשה.

על המחבר

פרופ' מיכאל רוזנק ז"ל, שלימד שנים רבות במרכז לחינוך יהודי ע"ש מלטון באוניברסיטה העברית, ייסד תחום אקדמי חדש ומוכר כיום בארץ ובעולם כ"פילוסופיה של החינוך היהודי". הספר שמונח לפנינו משמש דוגמה ייחודית ליצירה בתחום זה, המשלבת עומק אקדמי עם אוריינטציה חינוכית מובהקת. בכך הוא משקף נאמנה את מפעל החיים של פרופ' רוזנק, אשר היכרותו האינטימית עם המקורות הקנוניים של המורשת היהודית, ידיעותיו הרבות במחשבת ישראל לדורותיה, וכן התמצאותו בספרות החינוכית על כל ענפיה, שימשו כמשאבים נאמנים בכינון תחום חשוב זה. (פרופ' מנחם בן ששון, נשיא האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים)

האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים – המרכז לחינוך יהודי ע"ש מלטון, מכון מופ"ת והוצאת רכס הוציאה לאור סדרה חדשה "הספרייה לחינוך יהודי ע"ש מיכאל רוזנק". זהו הספר הראשון שיצא בסדרה זו.

2014
Ravid I. Aspects in the Application of Martin Buber's Philosophy to Early Childhood Education. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Wishkovsky A. Does the Bar Mitzva ceremony (at the age of 13) at the Western Wall Plaza serves as a 'Rite of Passage' for the Non-Religious Israeli Jew. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Ran R. Teaching Midrash Hazal in the Secular Environment. Action Research in the Teaching of Jewish Culture in the State-run Settlement Education System. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Tal-El M. Teaching Miracles in Public Education in Israel An Action-research in teaching Bible in the non –religious school. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Zand L. The Concept of Child and Childhood as a Basis for the Educational Philosophy of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Safania-Schwartz R. The Rabbinic Treatment of the Biblical Stories of Barren Women as an Educational Tool for Giving Expression to Varied Voices Regarding the Status of Women. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2014.
Amitai M. Bible Teaching Through Active Learning. 2014.
Kol Hamercaz
Kol Hamercaz. 2014;19 (June 2014).PDF icon Kol Hamercaz Jun2014.pdf
Speaking in the plural - The Challenge of Pluralism for Jewish Education (Vol. 14)
Speaking in the plural - The Challenge of Pluralism for Jewish Education (Vol. 14).; 2014.Abstract

The use of the term “pluralism” has become widespread in the context of Jewish education. The articles in this volume are a contribution to our understanding as researchers and educators, and to the development of a language which can deepen educational and research discourse. The volume seeks to mark out some of the educational dilemmas, possible educational aims as well as some of the costs and benefits that arise from the encounter between Jewish education and pluralism.

A number of articles contain reflections on the idea of pluralism, making conceptual distinctions between pluralism and related themes such as tolerance and relativism. Articles in the philosophical section of the book propose a basis for the connection (or opposition) between Jewish education and pluralism. The book’s next main section – one that focuses on theory and pedagogy - proposes educational theories concerned with pluralism and discusses their pedagogical potential. It also includes the reflections of practitioners whose work, in a variety of educational settings, is animated by a commitment to pluralism and, at the same time, is challenged by it. The last section of the book brings together empirical studies that describe and analyze the practices of pluralistic Jewish education. Bringing together these studies, which represent a wide range of disciplines and approaches, brings into focus the multiple ways of describing and analyzing the expression of, and responses to, pluralism in Jewish education in Israel and abroad. 

The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought
Berthelot K, David J, Hirshman M ed. The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought. (Berthelot K, David J, Hirshman M).; 2014. Buy itAbstract

This volume of essays presents a compelling and comprehensive analysis of the intriguing issue of the gift of the land of Israel and the fate of the Caananites as presented in diverse biblical sources. Jewish thought has long grappled with the moral and theological implications and challenges of this issue. Innovative interpretive strategies and philosophical reflections were offered, modified, and sometimes rejected over the centuries. Leading contemporary scholars follow these threads of interpretation offered by Jewish thinkers from antiquity to modern times.