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Review: החינוך היהודי בתפוצות הגולה בימי הביניים

Reviewed Works: מקורות לתולדות החינוך בישראל, כרך ב, מהדורה חדשה בתוספת הערות והשלמות by שמחה אסף, שמואל גליק; On the revised edition of "Mekorot le-Toledot ḥa-Ḥinukh be-Yisrael", volume 2 by Simha Assaf, Shmuel Glick
Review by: משה אברבך , Moshe Aberbach
Hagut: Studies in Jewish Educational Thought / הגות: מחקרים בהגות החינוך היהודי
Vol. ג/ד‎ (תשס"ב / 2002), pp. 251-257
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24008105
Page Count: 7
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החינוך היהודי בתפוצות הגולה בימי הביניים
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Abstract

For the past sixty years or so, Simha Assafs Mekorot le-Toledot ha-Hinukh be-Yisrael (Sources for the History of Jewish Education) has been recognized as a classic in Hebrew educational literature. Since then, additional sources have come to light, and it became necessary to reissue Assafs magnum opus with the inclusion of additional material, corrections, updated notes, and indexes. This task was undertaken by Professor Shmuel Glick, Director of the Schocken Institute for Jewish Research of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Professor of Education and Rabbinic Literature at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. The current book - the second volume of the revised edition - is a masterpiece of editorial work by Professor Glick, ably supported by Professors Dov Rappel and Mordechai Breuer who added corrections and notes. The material in this volume deals primarily with sources for the history of Jewish education in Spain and Italy. Unlike medieval and early modern German and Polish Jewry, where secular education was rigidly excluded from the curriculum, Spanish, Provencal, and Italian Jews often encouraged the teaching of languages, philosophy, mathematics, etc. In Italy, secular subjects, including Italian literature, were taught in Jewish schools. In the fifteenth century, following the persecution of the Jews of Spain and the mass conversion of those who had lost their faith as a result of their immersion in philosophical studies, a strong reaction set in, and secular studies were condemned by leading rabbinical authorities.

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