Klal Perspectives – Summer 2014

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6 Responses

  1. Mike S. says:

    I was astonished to see Rav Cook suggest that Business Ethics should be part of a secular curriculum. What is most of Baba Metzia and Baba Batra if not business ethics?

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Can we speak of a broader system or broader community, or is there so much fragmentation that no identifiable group “owns” responsibility for educating all school-age Jews in its vicinity?

  3. Crazy Kanoiy says:

    Unfortunately teaching business ethics will not be enough because:
    1) Heterim of all sorts are given by certain poskim to justify all types of shtick.
    2) It is basically impossible for many in the frum world to make ends meets in an ehrilich fashion.
    Unless there are some serious changes in attitude and lifestyle the teaching of ethics while important wont be enough.

  4. Nachum says:

    “What is most of Baba Metzia and Baba Batra if not business ethics?”

    Business law?

  5. DF says:

    The first step to any solution is acknowledging the problem. The problem here is not that some kids cant understand Gemara, but that our teachers convince themselves that they cant. Nearly every one of the articles makes the assumption that Gemara is only for the best and brightest, and then proceeds to analyze how each contributor thinks our uninspired, dimmer-witted brethren can be addressed. But this is like the equally-risible claim that only “the best” go to Kollel. Has it not occurred to anyone that some or many of those uninterested in the Gemara might simply not find it intellectually compelling? That its logic structure is unconvincing, or the answers better than the questions? In fact, we know this is the case (that not liking Gemara has nothing to do with relative intelligence) because so many of such students excel in other scholastic areas, including other Torah areas.

    I don’t personally feel this way about Gemara, but it would be foolish to ignore the reality that many, in fact, do. It is a form of laziness or defense-mechanism to say, of those not interested, that they’re just not “cut out” for it. Good teachers should be able to demonstrate, even to such students, the beauty of the Gemara. To get them to take the Gemara on its own terms, rather than on terms imposed by other standards. There is a value to studying the Gemara that everyone should be able to grasp.

  6. Z says:

    Upon careful reading, the meticulously crafted forward’s explanation of the delay and relative lack of content in this issues is thoroughly depressing to those of us who were hoping that Klal Prespectives would offer something a little more ‘more’ to the challenges facing the broad Torah world.

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