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Orthodox Conundrum

Aug 31, 2020

"Everybody moved up. It was transformational for every single kid. Every single kid." Orthodox education emphasizes Talmud. And too often, the main thing that students learn in Talmud class is how much they don't enjoy it. It gets worse: often, they spend years studying and still haven't a clue about what it means, or how to learn it properly. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Founding Dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, recognizes the problem and has set out to rectify it with a new book that attempts to change the way students look at Gemara. In Part One of his conversation with Scott Kahn, he explains what we're doing wrong, and how we can make it right. Plus - all about the Scarlet Letter A, the connection between Gemara, skiing, golf, and guitar, and much more. Don't miss our live Facebook and Zoom discussion about teaching Gemara skills on Thursday, September 3 at 1 PM EDT on the Jewish Coffee House Facebook page. Check out for the Orthodox Conundrum and other great podcasts, and remember to subscribe to them on your favorite podcast provider. Also visit our Patreon site for bonus episodes, merch, and more at Music: "Happy Rock" by