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Torah Lishma

July 27, 2010

By Shira Lowenstein

To help students understand that learning is a never-ending process filled with small, subtle rewards Jewish educators must become more transparent about their own teaching practices.

In Pirkei Avot 6:1 (Ethics of the Fathers), we learn that a person who learns purely for the sake of learning will merit many things. The mishnah goes on to tell us how important this concept is: a person who learns for no merit will have abundant auxiliary rewards. As a teacher, I firmly believe in learning for no outward reward. How do I get my students to embrace this idea? How can I teach them to love learning just for the love of it? How can I show them the importance of their education, without sounding didactic and phony?

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