Havruta: what do we know and what can we hope to learn from studying in Havruta?

Elie Holzer, Orit Kent

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    Havruta learning or paired study is a traditional mode of Jewish text study. The term itself captures two simultaneous learning activities in which the Havruta partners engage: the study of a text and learning with a partner. Confined in the past to traditional yeshivot and limited to the study of Talmud, Havruta learning has recently made its way into a variety of professional and lay learning contexts that reflect new social realities in the world of Jewish learning. However, despite its long history and its recent growing popularity, Havruta learning has received little scholarly attention. This chapter begins by mapping out the current state of Havruta learning in relation to variables such as its structural, situational, and organizational elements. It then presents a review of the research on Havruta learning, and concludes with a suggested research agenda.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Jewish Education
    EditorsHelena Miller, Lisa Grant, Alex Pomson
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9789400703537
    StatePublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameInternational Handbooks of Religion and Education

    RAMBI Publications

    • RAMBI Publications
    • Jews -- Education -- Philosophy


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