Methodology

In order to promote the study of Torah as transmitted by Jewish traditions, Bat Kol Institute:

  1. Educates leaders in the use of the classical tools of biblical scholarship, particularly the Talmud, which codifies the oral tradition of the Hebrew Bible, and the Midrashic literature, which explains the biblical text from an ethical and devotional point of view. The study of the Hebrew language facilitates access to the hidden and deeper meanings of these texts.
  2. Develops study sessions in Israel which provide the opportunity to experience the interrelationships among the Book, the People, and the Land.

In order to foster knowledge of Jewish prayer and the biblical liturgical cycle, Bat Kol Institute:

  1. Promotes a familiarity with Jewish prayer through a study of the Siddur (a book with the order of the prayers) and the liturgical cycle.
  2. Promotes opportunities to experience the holiness and awe of the Jewish sacred cycle—especially the Sabbath.

In order to facilitate the integration of these studies into a Christian self-understanding in a manner that reveres the Jewish people and respects the integrity of their traditions, Bat Kol Institute:

  1. Provides guidance to Christian students dealing with difficult texts in the New Testament that have resulted in an anti-Jewish polemic.
  2. Encourages study of the historical relationship between the Church and the Jewish people since the parting of the ways in the first century.
  3. Provides on our website, those ecclesiastical documents, commentaries, book reviews, etc., that foster an understanding of the ever-enduring covenant of God with the Jewish people, a covenant which has not been revoked or displaced.

In order to extend the riches of the Hebrew Scriptures and traditions into Christian study of the Bible, Bat Kol Institute:

  1. Emphasizes the "havrutah" method of Torah study, the ancient practice of sharing the study of sacred texts in groups of two or three friends ("haverim" in Hebrew). The value of havrutah study has its roots in the Bible, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other." (Eccles. 4:9, 10) "Iron sharpens iron." (Prov. 27:17) Just as one piece of iron sharpens another, so two studying Torah together will sharpen each other's minds by discussion of a sacred text.
  2. Encourages the formation of local centers around the world where students of the Torah using the havrutah method will have access to texts, commentaries, and other resources from the Jewish traditions. Bat Kol Institute endeavours to support the establishment of such centers.
  3. Makes available the Parashot HaShavuah (the designated readings of the Torah for the seasons) on the website to havrutah partners around the world.

See also

Leadership