Dr. Edelstain Ayalon

Head of Teacher Programs
Edelstain Ayalon


Academic Education

B.A in Philosophy, Hebrew University, 1996

M.A. in Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University, 2001

   Thesis – "Speech and Silence in Rosenzweig's philosophy of language".

   (Advisor- Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr.)

Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy, Haifa University, 2003-5

   Thesis – "Existence and Redemption: Existentialism and Eschatology in the

   philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig". (Advisor – Prof. Ehud Luz.) (submitted in 18.9.05)  Fellowship: Support for doctoral studies by the Advanced Studies Authority, Haifa University 2003-5.

Also: Teaching Diploma, Bible and Jewish Philosophy, Kerem Institute, Jerusalem, 2001.

Academic Teaching

Lecturer in the course "Methodology in Jewish Philosophy Teaching". Bar-Ilan University, 2006-2016.

Lecturer in the course : "Teaching Jewish Philosophy: Advanced Problems & Dillemas" , Tel Aviv University, 2008-2016

 Lecturer of different courses at "Jewish Culture" department, Hakibutzim College, Tel Aviv. 2010-2016

Lecturer and teachers' guide, Shalom Hartman Institute, Be'eri program, 2007-2016

Lecturer and teachers' guide, Ministry of Education, Jewish Philosophy department, 2002-2016

Lecturer at Lockey International Academy of Jewish Studies, 2001-2007

Also: High school teacher of Jewish Philosophy, Philosophy, Bible and Talmud, 1996-2006

Editor and Academic Advisor

Editing "Bein Hashmashot : Israeli Judaism – Education and Creation",  Shalom Hartman Institute, 2013-2016

Member of the Academic Committee of "The Michael Rosenak Jewish Education Library" The Melton Centre for Jewish Education & Mofet Institute.





1. " Existence and Redemption: Existentialism and Eschatology in Franz Rosenzweig's Philosophy" (PhD thesis), Haifa University, 2006.

2. "War, State & Progress in Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption", Daat , no. 67, Bar Ilan University, 2009, Pp. 83-96.

3. "Existentialism and Eschatology in Rosenzweig's system.", Faith, Truth and Reason – an International Conference on The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig  - Jerusalem 2006.

4. "On Openness", Akdamot, No. 8, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, 2013. 

5. "On Superstitious and Regulative Images", Zehuiot, No. 8, Van Leer Institute 2017.

6. "Two Worlds & Four Faces: Between Religious Myth & Free Thought, Bein Hashmashot, No. 3, Shalom Hartman institute, 2016.

7. " Dimensions of Meaning in Jewish Culture Teaching, Bein Hashmashot, No. 2, Shalom Hartman institute, 2015.

8. "Between 'Jewish Culture' and 'Jewish Philosophy' in the Israeli Education System", Education and Context, Vol. No. 33, Kibbutzim College of Education 2011, Pp 299-308

9. "Clarification of Value-concepts as a Process in Teaching Jewish Thought", Education and Context, Vol. No. 32, Kibbutzim College of Education 2010. Pp.219-226

10. Waldorf Education and Jewish Culture, Adam Olam, No. 13 (2010).

In editing:

"Openness and Belief: in the Quest of Culture Education Here & Now", a book   in Mofet Institute Publication





Methodology in Jewish Philosophy Teaching
The teaching of Jewish Philosophy at the public school system has gone through quite a few revolutions and transformations in recent years. These changes involve rethinking of the goals behind teaching Jewish subjects to public school pupils. Following this process of rethinking quite a few new programs have been written, which are more eclectic in nature and more teacher and pupil friendly. These new programs, which are gradually implemented in schools, give rise to new questions and challenges.
The Primary objective of the course is to expose students to the major trends in Jewish Philosophy teaching in the public education system today. Through learning basic hermeneutic and didactic concepts, the student will develop and enhance his or her bank and tools of considerations for teaching Jewish Philosophy. Through working with selected chapters from the curriculum, certain hermeneutic and didactic considerations and dilemmas will be revealed relating to the teacher’s place between the text and the pupil,  the text’s status of the text and the state of the student as a interpreter and an educated person


Jewish Education

Specially: Israeli Jewish Education

Modern Jewish Philosophy

Specially: Franz Rosenzweig's philosophy