Modern Ethical Dilemmas Through Timeless Jewish Wisdom

By: Rabbi Elie Ganz
from Scheck Hillel Community School

Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
Gemara, Halacha, History, Mishnah

IBL - inquiry based learning, PBL - project based learning

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
11, High school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
10, 11, 12, High school

I created and implemented a combination Jewish Ethics/ Rabbinic Literature curriculum that addresses common modern ethical issues via authentic Jewish literary sources (primarily Talmud). Students learn the basic skills to navigate the sources (presented in their classical, albeit redacted, formats), gain the ability to explore various interpretations thereof, acquire a thorough understanding of the content, and produce high level responsa in the style of of rabbinic decisors (poskim) that address these contemporary ethical problems.

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