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TABC AP English Language Class Brings Rhetorical Analysis to New Heights

TABC’s integrated approach to Judaic and general studies is a trademark of its curriculum. The day after Rosh Hashanah, Dr. Master’s AP English Language and Composition class used their skills in rhetorical analysis to discuss Akedat Yitzchak. Many students noticed the parallel structure of the verbs used to describe Avraham’s actions, as well as his repetition of “Hineni,” “Here I am,” whether in answering Hashem or his son Yitzchak. Some students felt the routine description of the actions, almost in slow motion, with every detail mentioned (such as “got up early,” or “saddled his donkey”), contributed to the building of suspense, considering the context of Avraham’s actions that day. Some students felt, however, that the very routine nature of the actions showed Avraham’s devotion to God. Every action he took, no matter how small, was done discretely in service to Hashem and to honor his mission. Regardless of the students’ interpretation, rhetorical analysis brought everyone closer understanding of the text and its importance.

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