What exactly is Machshava and why is it not so mainstream within the yeshivish velt?
Machshava means thinking, and it’s a pretty common thing to do in Yeshivos as far as I know.
Machshava is basically Jewish philosophy and deals with the deep profound questions like the inner workings of the universe. It is also known as the precursor to kabbalah in that one needs to master machshava in order to progress to kabbalah.
Machashava means thinking. That’s why it isn’t very mainstream, in yeshivos or elsewhere. 😉
most girls high schools that i know of have machshava classes.
My sister claims to lear it – I looked over her notes – they do a superficial overview of a few topics, nothing more.
i think it would depend on the teacher and on the girl. you can have a very passionate teacher teaching in depth to superficial girls and she wont get anywhere. you can also have a teacher barely touching on a subject yet if the girls are deep enough, they will take what they need from it.
machshava is a hard subject to master in even a minor way.
oh my , i thought it was machshefa
“oh my , i thought it was machshefa”
me, too, mewho! :-O
Machshava is such a general term, it is ridiculous. Critical thinking: why don’t we teach it? Because teachers are lazy.
but the word chashuv is important
“machshava is a hard subject to master in even a minor way.”
i dont think machshava is something that can ever really be “mastered”. i think it should be taught, it should be learned, and each individual can take what he needs from it according to the level that he is at. its not somthing that you can ever really finish learning.
I think. Therefore I am.
YW: Whoa! Descartes is totally Assur (as is the existentialist meaning behind his statement, probably).
Descartes was sitting in a bar when the bartender asked him if he’d like another drink. He said “I think not” and immediately vanished.
Girls’ machshava classes are of dramatically varying quality and really depend on the teacher (not even the school- throughout my four years of high school, I had four different teachers at various points who attempted to teach a class they called machshava with wildly varying results).
Not entirely sure whether the best ones were really good or the worst ones were really bad simply because I don’t know what machshava is actually supposed to be ideally.
I think “I think, therefore I am” was Descartes’ proof of his own existence – he had to be there if he could contemplate the question. I don’t see why that would be assur, Sam2.