Talmud study is the heart of Jewish education. This work provides educators with a curricular resource that addresses the challenges of high school Talmud education in a user-friendly, clear and concise format. The premise of this work is that the choice of what to teach and what to skip is a critical educational decision that teachers must make. In each sugya, the author highlights central sources to supplement the text of the Talmud. These sources are selected to address the most basic and compelling questions that emerge from the Talmud, as well as to provide important general knowledge, help develop basic Talmudic skills, and address the philosophical questions that high school students are likely to be intrigued by in each particular sugya.
Rabbi Schiowitz is a Talmid Chacham who has marshalled his formidable talent in learning and his unique ability to relate to all types of high-school students to create a beautiful curricular resource for high-school gemara classes… Rabbi Schiowitz has done much of the hard work of selecting sugyot in each Masechta that are most relevant to the students, most teachable, and will impart yediot, analytical skills, and philosophical knowledge. He has also gathered the actual primary sources into one location for easy study. His years of experience with high-school students have clearly served him well in choosing material that is exciting, engaging, and age appropriate. This sefer/curriculum is a valuable addition to the field of high-school gemara instruction.
-Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, Menahel, Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys
Rabbi Schiowitz continues to be a highly valued and esteemed mentor to many, and this publication embodies both his expertise and boundless energy in the pursuit of Jewish education.
-Rabbi Shlomo Stochel, Associate Dean, Ramaz Upper School
In short, Rabbi Schiowitz’s materials are an invaluable tool for teachers of high school Gemara shiurim.
- Rabbi Eli Ciner, Associate Principal, The Frisch School
About the author:
Rabbi Schiowitz is rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tefillah of Teaneck and is Chair of the Talmud Department at the Ramaz Upper School. He also manages the www.hschinuch.org library of curricular resources for high school Judaic Studies education.