Posted on February 20th, 2009 1 comment
At the start of the Haggadah we are told צא ולמד, literally, to go forth and learn. The Haggadah then helpfully provides us with exactly what it is that we are supposed to know; it guides us easily on the path of acquiring the knowledge. When we complete our studies at HUC-JIR, the command to go forth is inevitable, after classes and internships, research and writing, we are expected to go forth and fulfill our lives as professionals in the Jewish community and as teachers of the Jewish traditions. Perhaps unstated, but certainly implied, is the exhortation to continue studying. Yet unlike the haggadah, or our period of study at HUC with its myriad of requirements, once we graduate, there is no clear path on which to guide our learning.
In many ways this lack of a clear path is liberating, allowing each alum of the college to chart his or her own way through the diverse world of Jewish learning and growth. Yet given the ever growing set of materials to delve into for study, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to find resources that we need when we need them. Moreover, while popular search engines are essential tools in helping us locate both online and offline sources, less popular sites or published works can slip by. It can be equally difficult to know which among the many new written sources is worth delving into.
Like the Hagaddah, we hope that this blog will help Jewish professionals and teachers of Judaism navigate the breadth of the contemporary learning landscape. It is our hope that in launching this blog we will be able to highlight important and interesting resources that will be of use as you continue your life long learning.
Many of the forthcoming weekly posts will highlight websites which focus on Judaic as well as professional materials. Though by no means a comprehensive guide to virtual resources, we hope that our reviews and discussions will help guide your ongoing learning and be a resource for your teaching and professional development. This blog will also be a forum for discussions of continuing education that will include discussions with individuals about their own ongoing study practice; in other words we hope to hear from you. Additionally, we will be hosting monthly guest bloggers who will bring their own vision continuing education and personal growth to share with our community.
Finally, if you have a great study practice, a great teacher, a book that has helped you think about the world differently, please let us know. We are excited to create this space as an opportunity for communal discussion and would welcome submissions from our alumni community.
It is our hope that all this, like the many other resources of the Department of Continuing Education will help you as you go forth and learn.