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Studying Sacred Texts

The Dybbukast, Season 3, Episode 7: Studying Sacred Texts

Season 3, Episode 7

In the concluding episode of our five-episode series in partnership with the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and of our third season, we investigate the ways in which students respond to Jewish sacred texts. Throughout the episode, we present readings from the Torah and accompanying responses from students.

Dr. Ziva Hassenfeld, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, discusses her work in studying how children develop interpretations of the Hebrew Bible, sharing about both the tensions and the opportunities that exist within learning environments.

Read the transcript for "Studying Sacred Texts."


Hosted by Aaron Henne

Scholarship provided by Ziva Hassenfeld, PhD

Edited by Gregory Scharpen

Story editing by Aaron Henne with Julie A. Lockhart

Featuring the voices of Rachel Leah Cohen, Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Julie A. Lockhart, Clay Steakley, and Inger Tudor

Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.

Transcription by Dylan Southard

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One of the largest and most diverse departments of its kind, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University (NEJS) is dedicated to the critical investigation of the history, literature, and religion of Jews and Judaism, as well as adjacent cultures in the ancient and modern world (the ancient Near East, Christianity, Islam and modern Israel).


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