Make Yourself a Teacher: Rabbinic Tales of Mentors and Disciples

Paperback | December 13, 2011

bySusan Handelman

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Make Yourself a Teacher is a teaching book and a book about teaching. It discusses three dramatic, well-known stories about the student and teacher Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus from the Oral Torah. The stories of R. Eliezer serve as teaching texts and models for reflection on the teacher/student relationship in the Jewish tradition and in contemporary culture with special emphasis on the hevruta mode of Jewish learning, a collaborative process that invites the reader into a dialogue with teachers past and present.

Susan Handelman considers how teacher/student relations sustain and renew the Jewish tradition, especially during troubled times. As a commentary on historical and contemporary educational practices, she asks a range of questions about teaching and learning: What is it that teachers do when they teach? How do knowledge, spirituality, and education relate? What might Jewish models of study and commentary say about how we teach and learn today? Handelman not only presents pedagogical issues that remain controversial in today's debates on education but she also brings the stories themselves to life. Through her readings, the stories beckon us to sit among the sages and be their student

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Make Yourself a Teacher is a teaching book and a book about teaching. It discusses three dramatic, well-known stories about the student and teacher Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus from the Oral Torah. The stories of R. Eliezer serve as teaching texts and models for reflection on the teacher/student relationship in the Jewish tradition and ...

Susan Handelman is professor of English at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.01 × 6.05 × 0.4 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295991291

ISBN - 13:9780295991290

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Table of Contents

PrefaceA Note on Translation and Transliteration of HebrewNotes on Notes

Introduction"I Only Want the Piece Which Is in Your Mouth"

1. "Torah of the Belly": Rabbi Eliezer Starves for a Teacher

2. "The Gates of Wounded Feelings"" Rabbi Eliezer Is Banned

3. "Father! Father! Israel's Chariot and Its Horsemen!": The Passing of Rabbi Eliezer

Epilogue

Notes Selected BibliographyIndex

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Handelman’s book drew me into a world I knew little about, providing a heretofore neglected, but intriguing space for thinking about the teacher-student relationship.... That Handelman wrote this book when bombs were exploding throughout Jerusalem – including at the university where she teaches – demonstrates that the teacher-student relationship lives, and may be even more critical, during crises. - Mitzi J. Smith - Teaching Theology & Religion - 2014