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ARTICLE The Art of Learning: Two Minutes of Torah with Rabbi Elana Kanter

Rabbi Elana Kanter is the Director of the Jewish Women’s Learning Center in Pheonix, Arizona and a 1998 Covenant Award recipient. In this video, she offers “Two Minutes of Torah” and examines Masechet Chagigah 3a, from the Babylonian Talmud, where Rabbi Yehoshua asks his students what they learned that day and finds them apathetic in response. “You can’t have a school without new learning,” he urges his students. Then, upon the revelation that they have indeed learned something new at the feet of Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Yehoshua reprimands them for hiding a “pearl of wisdom” from him. Rabbi Kanter understands this passage as Yehoshua’s way of teaching his students that “there is no house of study without new learning,” and “the art of learning is not just to learn from one person and no one else, but rather, to learn from every person and every situation one encounters.”

Rabbi Elana Kanter is the Director of the Jewish Women’s Learning Center in Pheonix, Arizona and a 1998 Covenant Award recipient. In this video, she offers “Two Minutes of Torah” and examines Masechet Chagigah 3a, from the Babylonian Talmud, where Rabbi Yehoshua asks his students what they learned that day and finds them apathetic in response. “You can’t have a school without new learning,” he urges his students. Then, upon the revelation that they have indeed learned something new at the feet of Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Yehoshua reprimands them for hiding a “pearl of wisdom” from him. Rabbi Kanter understands this passage as Yehoshua’s way of teaching his students that “there is no house of study without new learning,” and “the art of learning is not just to learn from one person and no one else, but rather, to learn from every person and every situation one encounters.”

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