Academic Perspectives

At Amudim, we believe that an academic approach to Talmud Torah both addresses the learning style of modern students and leads to sustainable growth as a Torah Jew. It is one thing to read a Rashi; It is another thing to read a Rashi in historical context, compare and contrast it to other texts, ascertain how the ideas in it unfolded over time, ask questions about authorial decisions and, in general, engage in dialogue with it.

Amudim is student-centered, asking students to interact personally with the material in activities such as observing, summarizing, inferring, critiquing, questioning and challenging. Classes are often interdisciplinary, drawing from a variety of sources. Teachers are facilitators rather than knowledge-dispensers and, with an eye towards experiential learning, students are asked to engage in peer-review, intellectual exchange and team-teaching.