Taught by Miss Rivka Feldberger
Historia is more than the study of the history of the Jewish people; it is the study of the relationship between the Jews and Hashem. Through the learning of Historia we connect to our heritage, we recognize ourselves as a part of a greater whole, as a part of Klal Yisrael that has spanned the ages.
We discover a nation that has been pursued and persecuted, and how they rose from blood and ashes to build and develop the beautiful nation that we are today. We learn about the Torah and how it has remained true and intact throughout many trials and tribulations. As we discuss the events that transpired, we follow the cycle, and we discover the richness of our Mesorah, developing an appreciation for our manhigim. We thus can perceive the role that we play as the current link in the chain. We are therefore infused with a powerful sense of responsibility; we must preserve and safeguard the kedusha of the Torah and the Jewish nation amidst all of the challenges that face our generation. Students learn to look back at the previous Doros in order to know how to proceed and work towards bringing Mashiach, the ultimate historical event.
The class begins with an overview of the history from בריאת העולם, until today. An in depth study of the תקופת התנאים לפני בית שני עד תקופת הגאונים is the main focus of the curriculum. Comprehension of the תקופה of ר’ יוחנן בן זכאי and his talmidim, the challenges they faced and their accomplishments, resulting in חתימת המשנה with רבנו הקדוש, moving onto the אמוראים in ארץ ישראל and in בבל, how they led our nation and their accomplishments, climaxing in the חתימת התלמוד with רבינא and ר’ אשי. The lessons are interactive and lively and include group work and presentations. Throughout the year as we cover the personalities of the תנאים and the אמוראים, we will focus on appreciating the challenges that they were faced with and understanding how they galvanized to action, achieving what they did for Klal Yisroel.