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The Educational Teachings of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson - Louis David Solomon

The Educational Teachings of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

Hardcover Published: 28th January 2000
ISBN: 9780765760920
Number Of Pages: 496

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The seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), was perhaps the twentieth century's most well-known Orthodox Jewish leader. For over forty years, as spiritual leader of the Habad-Lubavitch Hasidic Movement, he spearheaded the worldwide reconstruction of post-Holocaust Jewish religious life, inspiring a re-awakening of Jewish awareness and observance in as many as fifty countries. His initiatives impacted on many individuals formerly far removed from Jewish living. This work is the culmination of five years of intensive research into Rabbi Schneerson's writings undertaken for the doctoral degree within the Graduate School of Education at Melbourne's La Trobe University. It is the first systematic analysis of Rabbi Schneerson's educational philosophy conducted according to strict academic criteria.

I know of no other book containing such a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the educational teachings of the Rebbe. -- Herman Branover Aryeh Solomon has done splendidly in making available the teachings of one of the greatest Jewish leaders of modern times. This is educational philosophy on the grandest scale, and an outstanding contribution to the literature. -- Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Habad Leaders and Textsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Purpose and Significance of the Studyp. 1
Contextualization of Rabbi Schneerson's Educational Contributionp. 4
The Educational Initiatives of Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn--Rabbi Schneerson's Predecessorp. 5
Rabbi Schneerson's Acknowledgment of the Centrality of Education to His Predecessor's Agendap. 7
Outline of Bookp. 8
Conclusionp. 9
The Writings
The Seventh Admor of Habad as an Educator of Significancep. 17
Outline of Chapter 1p. 17
Acknowledgment of Rabbi Schneerson's General Influencep. 18
Rabbi Schneerson's Educational Initiativesp. 18
Rabbi Schneerson's Writingsp. 22
Secondary Sourcesp. 29
A Succinct Outline of Methodology Utilized in Establishing the Validity of the Researchp. 35
Limitations of the Bookp. 36
Conclusionp. 38
Themes from Ten Sichot 1950 to 1964p. 47
Outline of Chapter 2p. 47
Sichot Analyzedp. 48
Frequency of Emergent Themesp. 49
Clusters of Themesp. 49
Essential Goodness of the Individualp. 53
The Attainability of Goalsp. 57
The Constant Redeemability of the Individual and the Resultant Error of Despairp. 61
Every Descent Is for the Sake of a Subsequent Ascentp. 62
The Cluster of Themes Concerning Transformationp. 67
Self-Transformation through Constant Transcending of Limitationsp. 67
Self-Transformation through Bittul--The Constant Surpassing of Intellectual Limitationsp. 76
Transforming One's Fellow through Inclusivism and Spiritual Altruismp. 77
Transforming One's Fellow through Empathy for the Individualp. 80
Transformation of One's Fellow through Uncompromising Presentation of the Religious Idealp. 84
Transformation of the Totality of the Individualp. 85
Transforming the Universe and the Primacy of Deedp. 86
Transformation of the Universe by the Inculcation of Universal Moral Valuesp. 90
Synthesis and the Reconciliation of Oppositesp. 92
Cluster of Themes Concerning Torahp. 93
Nitzchiyut HaTorah--The Torah as an Eternally Relevant Textp. 94
Torah as Hora'ah--Instructionp. 94
The Precision of Torah Detailp. 95
The Unity of the Torahp. 95
Conclusionp. 96
Themes from Ten Sichot 1965 to 1979p. 113
Outline of Chapter 3p. 113
Sichot Analyzedp. 114
Frequency of Emergent Themesp. 114
Clusters of Themesp. 115
The Essential Goodness of the Individualp. 118
The Attainability of Goalsp. 119
The Constant Redeemability of the Individual and the Resultant Error of Despairp. 121
Descent for the Sake of Ascentp. 123
Positive View of the Universep. 131
Positive Exegesisp. 134
Cluster of Themes Concerning the Transformational Taskp. 136
Transforming One's Fellow and Transformation of the Educatee as the Goal of Educationp. 137
Empowering the Educatee as Essential to Transformative Educationp. 138
Self-Transformation through Transcending Limitations: The Teacher's Exemplification of the Ethical Ideal and Education as a Proliferous Experiencep. 138
Inclusivism: Idealistic Initiation of the Transformational Process and Making Accessible the Teachings of Jewish Mysticism in Reclaiming the Peripheralp. 139
Bittul: Self-Abnegation, Devotion, and Idealism as Prerequisites for Transformative Educationp. 140
Transformative Education Requires Both the Removal of Undesirable Traits as Well as the Inculcation of Positive Valuesp. 141
Empathy: Transformative Education Must Be User-Friendly, Involving Integration and Internalization by the Learnerp. 142
Uncompromising Presentation of Religious Ideals: An Unapologetic Approach to Moral Educationp. 143
Qualifications of the Educatorp. 144
Transformation of the Universep. 144
Primacy of Deedp. 149
Synthesis of Opposites: How to View the Material World: The Positive Interaction of Material and Spiritualp. 151
Redemption: The Outcome of the Transformative Processp. 151
Cluster of Themes Concerning Torahp. 152
Nitzchiyut HaTorah--The Torah as an Eternally Relevant Textp. 152
Torah as Hora'ah--Instructionp. 152
The Precision of Torah Detailp. 153
The Unity of the Torahp. 153
Conclusionp. 154
Themes from Ten Sichot 1979 to 1992p. 163
Introduction to Chapter 4p. 163
Sichot Analyzedp. 167
Table of Analysis of Frequency of Themesp. 168
The Emergent Paradigmatic Patternp. 170
The First Stage within the Paradigm--The Ideal Stagep. 172
The Second Stage of the Generic Paradigmp. 181
The Conclusive Stage of the Generic Pattern--Redemptionp. 189
Conclusionp. 192
Relating the Educational Writings to Rabbi Schneerson's General Themesp. 205
Outline of Chapter 5p. 205
Summary of Dominant Themes of Rabbi Schneerson's Writings and Their Resultant Educational Applicationsp. 206
Educational Manifestations of Rabbi Schneerson's Theme of the Torah as Hora'ahp. 206
Educational Manifestations of Rabbi Schneerson's Theme of the Positive Viewp. 211
Educational Manifestations of Rabbi Schneerson's Theme of the Transformational Taskp. 222
Conclusionp. 238
Contextualizing the Educational Writingsp. 257
Introduction to Chapter 6p. 257
Themes to be Contextualized in Chapter 6p. 258
The Theme of Torah and the Educational Recommendation That Life Experiences Provide Learner Edificationp. 259
The Theme of the Positive View of the Educatee and the Education of the Disadvantagedp. 260
The Theme of the Attainability of Goalsp. 261
The Theme of the Redeemability of the Individualp. 262
The Theme of Descent for the Sake of Ascentp. 262
The Theme of Self-Transformation through Transcending Limitationsp. 263
The Theme of Transformation of the Educatee through Bittulp. 263
The Theme of Transformation of the Educatee through Inclusivismp. 263
The Theme of an Uncompromising Presentation of Idealsp. 264
The Theme of Empathyp. 265
The Theme of Inculcation of Moral Valuesp. 265
The Theme of Transforming the Educateep. 267
The Theme of the Primacy of Deedp. 267
Implications of the Research Undertaken for Practical Implementationp. 268
Recommendations for Further Researchp. 271
The Educational Context
The Educational Orientation of the Hasidic Movementp. 277
The Habad School of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)p. 284
The Admor as Educator: Educational Initiatives of Habad Leadership between the Second and Sixth Generationsp. 288
The Centrality of Education to Habad Admorimp. 293
The Personal Concern of Habad Admorim for Their Children's Educationp. 294
Preferred Education Methodology of Habad Admorimp. 295
A Succinct Biography of Rabbi Schneersonp. 307
Years Prior to Assuming the Leadership of Habadp. 307
Rabbi Schneerson's Leadership of the Habad Movementp. 312
Rabbi Schneerson as Thinker and Torah Scholarp. 318
Rabbi Schneerson's Literary Corpusp. 320
Education as a Central Concernp. 341
Writings That Confirm the Centrality of Education to Rabbi Schneerson's Agendap. 343
Global Initiatives That Confirm the Centrality of Education to Rabbi Schneerson's Agendap. 349
Educational Initiativesp. 357
Formal Educational Initiativesp. 357
Informal Educational Initiativesp. 358
Tertiary Educationp. 359
Global Educational Initiativesp. 360
Education of Specific Target Groupsp. 362
Establishment of a Global Network of Habad Educational Emissariesp. 364
Educational Publicationsp. 364
Campaigns to Further Awareness of Specific Aspects of Judaismp. 365
The Educational Process Derived from the Names of the Passover Festivalp. 371
The Three Stages That Comprise the Actual Educational Processp. 371
The Prerequisite Stage of the Educational Process Prior to the Commencement of Formal Tuitionp. 373
Evaluating the Research Findingsp. 379
Introduction to Chapter 6p. 379
Substantive Experts Consulted during Purposive Analysisp. 380
Methodology Employedp. 380
Purposive Analysis Regarding Rabbi Schneerson's View of Torahp. 386
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Positive View of the Individualp. 389
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Constant Redeemability of the Individualp. 396
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Preordained Victoryp. 398
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Descent for the Sake of Ascentp. 399
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Transformational Taskp. 400
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Primacy of Deedp. 403
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Self-Transformationp. 404
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Inclusivismp. 405
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Bittulp. 407
Purposive Analysis Regarding the Theme of Messianismp. 409
Positive Exegesisp. 410
Convergence of Themesp. 411
Purposive Analysis Regarding Rabbi Schneerson's Three-Part Paradigmp. 414
Conclusionp. 419
Glossaryp. 429
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 481
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ISBN: 9780765760920
ISBN-10: 0765760924
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 28th January 2000
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 16.43  x 4.72
Weight (kg): 0.92

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