The Value of Memory: Historical, Torah, and Educational Perspectives
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Senior honors thesis / Open access
Because memory in the Jewish tradition is such an expansive topic, this study will focus particularly on the relationship between memory and Torah learning. We will explore the origins of memory in the ancient and medieval periods and then look at rabbinic literature in order to further clarify the value that the Torah places on remembering one’s learning. We will discuss a number of memory tactics that Chazal used, including using simanim, verbalizing one’s learning, and practicing consistent review. These memory techniques will then be studied through the lens of modern education and memory studies. To conclude, we will apply this research to study how the memory strategies that were put forward by Chazal can be applied to the classroom, with the goal of teaching students how to effectively retain their Torah knowledge
Moskowitz, L. (2021, April). The Value of Memory: Historical, Torah, and Educational Perspectives [Bachelor's honors thesis, Yeshiva University].
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