Harvey Shapiro Boston – An Overview of Jewish Education & Its Positive Significance


Jewish education holds a special place in philosophy and educational theory. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of its essence and value to society today. However, some noted academicians are exploring the subject and writing publications and books on the subject so that people can understand the positive tenets of the subject and its contribution to education and society today.

Harvey Shapiro Boston – An insight into conceptual development and philosophical articulation

When it comes to understanding the socio-political context in Jewish education and the relationship between faith, educational leadership, and education, Harvey Shapiro from Boston, USA is a strong name to reckon with. He has studied Jewish history and Political Science at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He completed his graduation from The University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in history. He completed his graduate work in the field of Jewish education from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion and the University of Southern California located in Los Angeles. Subsequent to this, he completed his Ph.D. in Jewish education from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.

An overview of multiple styles and new concepts

In his book titled Educational Theory and Jewish Studies in Conversation: From Volozhim to Buczacz, he has expressed his views on interdiscursivity and its engagement in the fields of Jewish studies and educational theory. Harvey Shapiro Boston has explored this subject in detail in his book. He clarifies further by saying there exists a conversation in diverse styles and disciplinary structures. He has applied what noted philosopher Michael Oakeshott had said the existence of ideas of a different order. In both fields, he has recognized that the conversation regarding the above subject is not a two-way channel. It is more like a monologue where the subject only speaks to itself.

Moreover, he says the application of interdiscursivity displays the advantages of Jewish studies’ education theory. The same takes place vice versa in ways where Jewish thought can widen educational theory and philosophy horizons.

Exploring different ideologies by renowned philosophers

Throughout his work, he has explored the ideologies of a Yeshivah scholar named Reb Hayyim from Volozhin and renowned philosopher in pragmatism John Dewey.  He has also mentioned the concept revolving around heteroglossia coined by another esteemed philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin along with the fictional schemes of noted Nobel Laureate S.Y. Agnon for provoking new thought that is wound into collages of intricate beauty and surprising interest.

Besides being a widely respected academician and educator of Jewish education in the USA, Harvey Shapiro Boston loves to practice Iyengar yoga and is passionate about basketball and hiking. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, which comprises his three sons, daughters-in-law, and grandsons. His academic interests lie in education, philosophy, literary theory, politics, and Hebrew literature. He speaks fluent Hebrew, and he currently the Clinical Professor of Education at the College of Professional Studies at the Northeastern University. His specific areas of scholarship focus on the interpretations of different kinds of violence in education, the philosophies of Jacques Derrida, John Dewey, Giorgio Agamben, and Hebrew Literature.