"The book was written to be accessible and its insights, literary and education, are relevant to the many readers of these rabbinic sources, and to teachers and lecturers seeking insight from Jewish sources."
"Her book wonderfully demonstrates the creative interplay between traditional learning and contemporary intellectual freedom . . . Rabbis, and all of us, would do well to internalize Handelman's call to see teaching as not an add-on but a central category of human experience."
-Yehudah Mirsky, Jewish Ideas Daily, March 2012
"Handelman's book drew me into a world I knew little about, providing a heretofore neglected, but intriguing space for thinking about the teacher-student relationship. . . . That Handelman wrote this book when bombs were exploding throughout Jerusalem - including at the university where she teaches - demonstrates that the teacher-student relationship lives, and may be even more critical, during crises."
-Mitzi J. Smith, Teaching Theology and Religion