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Religious Education and Sacred Study in the Teachings of Rabbi Yitshak Hutner

Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Religions 2019, 10(5), 327; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050327
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Jewish Religious Teaching and Learning)
Rabbi Yitshak Hutner (1906–1980) was a remarkable scholar, an enigmatic religious intellectual and a charismatic teacher. Drawing upon his public discourses and his written letters, I argue that Hutner’s vocabulary—which remained rooted almost entirely in the vocabulary of traditional Talmudism—afforded him a ready garment in which to clothe a syncretic educational theory, which combines Hasidic approaches to spiritual instruction and remakes the traditions of Lithuanian piety and study for his new American audience. The present study interrogates a series of key themes that appear in Hutner’s teachings, all of which pertain to issues of pedagogy and the construction of religious education. The essay advances a historical argument by examining the works of an important and influential modern Jewish thinker, but it is also driven by a constructive question: What does Hutner’s vision of Jewish religious teaching and learning have to contribute to today’s Jewish education, and to the broader world of higher education in North America in particular? View Full-Text
Keywords: modern Jewish thought modern Jewish thought
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Mayse, A.E. Religious Education and Sacred Study in the Teachings of Rabbi Yitshak Hutner. Religions 2019, 10, 327. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050327

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