Bibliographical/Research Query: Jewish Curricula

Ariel Mayse's picture

Dear Friends,

I'm hoping some of you can help me locate any of the following in classical, early modern, or modern Jewish sources:

1) Curricula for courses of study written by people involved with institutions of Jewish learning (even if they never materialized);

2) Recommendations for a personal course of study outlined in documents like ethical wills, letters, etc);

3) First-person testaments or descriptions as to which texts that person studied, and in what order.

4) Anything else of this sort! 

Thank you in advance for your wisdom.

Best wishes

Ariel Mayse



There are many examples of medieval courses of study, especially within a Maimonidean context. Some that readily come to mind: Judah ibn Tibbon's recommendations for his son Samuel ibn Tibbon, in his tsava'ah (ed most recently by SJ Pierce); Maimonides' letter to Samuel ibn Tibbon recommended several philosophers to be studied, while ignoring others; see the article by Steven Harvey in JQR (1992). Another one is the study program of Yokhanan Alemano, ed by Moshe Idel and included in his Kabbalah in Italy (Appendix).
Igor H De Souza/Yale University

For the inquiry of Prof. Ariel Mayse,

1. Let me recommend on one of the excellent collections which in my eyes is not known enough to teachers in the academia: Gender & Jewish Studies: A Curriculum Guide; The editors are: Judith R. Baskin and Shelly Tenenbaum (Biblio Press, 1994). It is one of the best I have ever met in this field (if you are interested in the combination of Judaism and Gender studies).

2. In Hebrew: all the books of ha-Universita-haPetukhah are recommended. They are simply the best - if one is interested in building a didactic clear curriculum guide for teaching any field in Jewish Studies.

Admiel Kosman
Potsdam University