Building Emotional Health in the Limudei Kodesh Classroom

What does the Torah teach us about the emotional realities of our students' lives?
Ideas for building our students' emotional strength and their personal connection to the Torah by focusing on the Biblical narrative's insights into personal development and emotional experience.

About the webinar

Our students’ lives are complex and filled with a range of struggles.  In our Limudei Kodesh classrooms, we have the opportunity to build students’ emotional strength and their personal connection to the Torah by focusing on the Biblical narrative’s insights into personal development and emotional experience.  In this session, we will explore approaches to integrating serious Tanakh and parshanut study with a perspective that foregrounds students’ emotional worlds.  We will discuss examples of important themes that can be developed through Tanakh study, such as: guilt and shame, development of personal identity, and the nature of grief and joy, with an eye to developing a methodology for curriculum planning that incorporates awareness of high school students’ emotional reality.   

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About the Instructor

Rivka Kahan has worked in Jewish education for over 20 years. She taught Tanakh, Gemara, Halakha, and Jewish Philosophy at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls before serving as Head of School at Ma'ayanot for 10 years. She has lectured widely at synagogues and adult education programs in the United States on topics related to Torah and to Jewish education. Since making aliyah in 2020, she has taught at several midrashot and has developed Torah resources for In addition to teaching at Herzog Global, she currently teaches at Midreshet Tehilah and Midreshet Emunah V'Omanut. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and certification in Talmud and Jewish Law from Drisha Scholars Circle.

WEBINAR features

Audience : Middle & High School J.S. Teachers
Webinar Structure : Live Webinar - 1/1.5 hours
Language : English
Webinar fee : $150 per school

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