HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


A New Theory of Vision

by Jon A. Levisohn Issue: Mission & Vision

The world of Jewish education has been thinking about “the vision thing” for a decade or more. Of course, that phrase reminds us that the concern for vision has a long history. Back in 1987, then-Vice President Bush was criticized for lacking a vision at the outset of his presidential campaign. His unscripted and exasperated use of that memorable phrase—“the vision thing”—at once affirmed the importance of vision while also betraying some confusion as to what the critique was all about.

 

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