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Orientation in Jewish culture - as a pedagogical tool

A lecture or training that will connect you to your culture 


One of the primary challenges faced by educators and members of any culture alike is navigating their heritage. To truly assert that Judaism is a culture, it's crucial to have an orientation in its various periods, works, currents, and leadership throughout different generations, as well as establishing proper connections with related affinities.

Without this orientation, confusion may arise, hindering our pedagogical abilities (as mentioned below). The Orthodox narrative is just one of many important stories within Jewish culture. For instance, to appreciate and love Sage literature from a pluralistic secular perspective, it's essential to study the historical context in which it was written, as well as the internal tensions between different factions during those times - all of which are relevant to us today. This is why having an orientation that connects us with our cultural heritage is vital for making any study meaningful and significant.


A filmed meeting with Dr. Oren Yahi-Shalom, as part of the "Transformations in Israeli Culture" series, at Beit Midrash Shasha in the Galilee. 

Transformations in culture as a foundation for educational work

A lecture or study series intended for educational leaders may improve not only the sense of orientation and ownership of heritage assets, but also help in practical pedagogical development - and this due to several advantages: 

Common language- Orientation  makes it possible to identify the development of values or customs and this is how our relationship with them is shaped today. For example, the attitude to the symbols of a holiday is conditioned by their context and how they are embodied to this day. 

Humanistic values-  Recognizing transformations in Israeli culture may reveal to us the changing status of man in each period and thus place the way in which we treat today, in a democratic country, a person as an essence and not as a subject - as part of the natural development within the Jewish tradition.


Dialogue and meaning- A good orientation in culture allows us to know our place in the sequence of generations while identifying the secular current as a significant current between the currents and thus enriching the fruitful dialogue, which has characterized the culture of Israel for generations - including dialogue with the surrounding cultures.  

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Cultural transformations as a basis for interdisciplinary teaching

To make a good connection between literature, history and language requires much more than a meeting of experts. Some kind of construction, a structure of meaning, is required, from which we can grow fruitful questions and relevant content axes that connect the subjects of the system in a profound way and arouse the curiosity of the learners.


Permutation is a structure of meaning that enables the identification of complexity, and even connections between cultural elements. For example, the change in the attitude towards women during the periods makes it possible to discuss the value of equality taking on new forms but also the tension that accompanies ancient and modern society up to our time. 

Interdisciplinary teaching is not only a pedagogic tactic - it is also a cultural ability that establishes knowledge and meaning, which must be developed persistently. 

Therefore, "Transformations in Israeli Culture" - as a lecture, or a professional series, may greatly improve the abilities of the development teams, in schools, preparatory schools, and in any educational setting where culture is a candle at its feet.   

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