Reflections on Jewish Education in the Post-Churban Era

One of the few people that the Gemara (Bava Batra 21a) lists as being ‘remembered for good’ is Yehoshua Ben Gamla who is attributed as being the architect of the formal Jewish education system. However, what is less well known is that Yehoshua Ben Gamla was the Kohen Gadol in the years prior to the … More Reflections on Jewish Education in the Post-Churban Era

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Jewish Educators

I was recently speaking to a good friend about Jewish Education and Jewish Educators, and I mentioned that I have a number of personal DO’s and DON’Ts which, to the best of my ability, I try to adhere to. I then realised that other Jewish educators may have their own set of personal rules and after asking around for … More 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Jewish Educators

When does the mitzvah of Chinuch end?

1. INTRODUCTION We are taught that a parent is required to educate their child to observe the mitzvot asseh (positive commandments) and refrain from transgressing the mitzvot lo ta’aseh (negative commandments). This duty is known as the mitzvah of chinuch. According to Rambam,[1] this duty is derived from משלי כב:ו which states, “חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל־פִּי … More When does the mitzvah of Chinuch end?