"We think about questions like 'should our students study Isaiah or should they study Jeremiah' rather than why should they be learning either. The answer to that question must emanate from our deepest philosophical and religious concerns - our answers to questions about human nature, about the core value of Judaism and our sense of belief and ethical commitment. Investigating these core ideas with careful and serious inquiry will help us think about the kinds of outcomes we wish to see."
Barry Holtz, "What's Worth Learning: The Bible and the Curriculum of Jewish Education Today," Sh'ma 34:606 (Decemer 2003)
"There are many publications that provide practical advice for Jewish educators, and much work being done to develop innovative curricula at the local level. But works of serious scholarship on Jewish education as a particular form of religious education, volumes that represent advances in thought and challenges to our own thinking, are few and far between on our bookshelves. This, alone, would be a reason to celebrate the publication of this volume."
Jon Levisohn, "Ideas and Ideals of Jewish Education: Initiating a Conversation on Visions of Jewish Education," in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Jewish Education (2005)
"Given that those involved in the demanding job of Jewish education are unlikely to have time to think through what they are actually doing, and why, this dense and serious collection offers a chance to step back into the world of thought, where budgets, buildings and form-filling recede, leaving the bigger question of 'What are we doing and why are we doing it?'"
Maureen Kendler, The Jewish Chronicle (February 6, 2004)