Sessions for Monday, 10:40 - 11:40
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- 'The Story of the Jews' - revisited (2 of 4)
- A journalist under apartheid: what it was like
- A time for everything: how the Jewish calendar can help you to declutter your life
- Alphabet meditation from the Kabbalah (2 of 2)
- Elephant in the room, children in the Shul
- Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about medieval Jewish philosophy: the nature of God (2 of 4)
- Flaschenbriefe - letters from the Berlin Post 1941-44
- God's Voice everywhere: a serious conversation about the efficacy of prayer and whether or not God is listening
- Guns in the classroom: the curse of Yoav
- Limmud-Paideia cafe of Ideas: which ideas in Judaism do you find most problematic? (2 of 3)
- Making a home in two places (or more) at once: the joys and oys of transnational family life
- Poetry to delight the senses - a special Limmud reading
- Policing the borders of Judaism: idolatry (2 of 4)
- Revolutionising adult Jewish education one click at a time: Jewish Food For Thought, the animated series - gratitude and envy
- Teshuva in thought and law: the comparative innovations of Rabbis Kook and Soloveitchik
- Texts on ageing
- The audacity and beauty of multi-cultural education
- The children's service survival guide
- The neuroscience of teshuva: neuroplasticity & personal change (2 of 4)
- The official Limmud treasure hunt
- The road to now: musical stepping stones
- The shrew, femme fatale, prima donna, and whore: four Talmudic heroines (1 of 4)
- The sustainability question for tiny Jewish communities across Europe
- The war on women in Israel (1 of 4)
- UK Jewish Film: 'Shtisel'
Location: Sci 8
An in-depth look at the stories behind the stories of Simon Schama's 'The Story of the Jews' which was recently aired on BBC 2. A combination of biblical, rabbinic, archaeological and historical texts add colour and detail to the fascinating narrative of the history of the Jews as presented in this popular programme. This session: 'Among Christians and Muslims'.
Location: Ram 1
A journalist's journey through years of exposing apartheid in South Africa. He dealing with authoritarian government and reporting on Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman, Barney Zackon and General Van den Bergh.
Location: Rootes Chancellors 1
Are you overwhelmed by too much stuff? Is your schedule overloaded with commitments? Or is there too much going on in your mind? This session looks at the impact of clutter - both material and metaphorical in our busy lives. It focuses on the Jewish calendar as a way of exploring strategies for managing time and space more effectively.
Location: Soc 8 (HaMakom)
'Bask in the Blessing...and Link Letters.' (Medieval Jewish poem). Kabbalistic meditations often involve reciting letters in combinations to achieve a level of heightened meditative focus and leading eventually to union with the Divine. In session 2, we will up our game and try practising with 4 letters. For beginners and experts alike.
Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo
Location: Ram 8
Getting (very) young ones and their families involved in synagogue's life is a challenge many of us experience as parents, grandparents, educators, rabbis. Starting from our memories and experiences, we'll have a look at different possible models: family/children services, 'integrated' services, cheder, playgroups and more. Family friendly.
Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about medieval Jewish philosophy: the nature of God (2 of 4)
Location: Sci 4
John Lennon once sang 'God is a concept by which we measure our pain', which would make this session pretty excruciating. Thankfully, Maimonides wrote that regarding God, silence is best, which would at least make it very short. Find out what the leading medieval Jewish philosophers thought about God, and whether or not any of them were actually onto anything.
Location: Sci 1
Paul Post, a Christian, spent the war trying to ensure his Jewish-born wife's survival in Germany. He wrote weekly letters to his son, then a doctor in England. The letters could not be posted, but were given to the son after the war. We explore some of this historical treasure trove translated into English. All new material, never previously presented.
God's Voice everywhere: a serious conversation about the efficacy of prayer and whether or not God is listening
Location: Ram 2
Does God listen? Can prayer make a difference? A serious conversation about the efficacy of prayer, based on texts from Mishkan Tefilah (the 2007 American Reform siddur) and rabbinic, Chasidic and contemporary sources.
Location: Sci 3
He was David's nephew and loyal Army General, but in the end everything went bad. The rabbis trace Yoav's temper and ferocity to his school days and turn him into the bogeyman of every new Jewish studies teacher. Careful, every vowel matters…
The point of this session is to be able to take a look at Judaism in a way that is honest and does not succumb to the temptation of triumphalism. This session is essential for those who cherish critical thinking, understand its essential place in democracy, and who fear the tendency of intercultural conversations to become contests.
Do your family reunions require a passport? From languages to parenting styles to schooling to holiday foods to intense visits 'home', building a truly multi-national family takes perseverance and patience. If you're part of an international or multi-continental couple or clan, please join this informal facilitated discussion to get acquainted, share stories and advice, and make new connections. Babies welcome!
Location: Ram 5
A special selection of readings from Marvin's published and unpublished works. Designed to delight the senses and stimulate the soul. Come along and be entertained, challenged and blown away by spell-binding stories and audacious ideas in glorious poetic form. Recited by the author of 'Poetry for Health - The Power of Poetry to Heal and Fulfil'
Location: Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)
All cultures need to patrol the murky border between creativity and heresy; between acceptable and unacceptable forms of behaviour and belief. In this four-part series we will explore how Judaism has maintained this complex boundary. We will use multiple case studies from different historical periods to see how the rabbinic tradition has dealt with idolatry, heresy and individuality.
Revolutionising adult Jewish education one click at a time: Jewish Food For Thought, the animated series - gratitude and envy
Location: Sci 2
In this session, Hanan discusses his project, Jewish Food For Thought; screens two episodes dealing with gratitude and envy, and uses the animations and accompanying study guides to fuel lively discussion on the topics. This project was created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation.
Location: Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)
Rabbis Kook and Soloveitchik were the two most prominent and innovative Orthodox Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. There are many parallels in their philosophy and many divergences – of opinion, approach and emphasis. This Beit Midrash session will explore and compare their thinking on the central religious topic of Teshuva (Repentance) as both a halachic and philosophical topic.
Location: Sci 5
We will explore texts on ageing, such as the Midrash about the two sets of tablets: the first, broken into shards when Moses descended saw the golden calf, were kept along with the second whole tablets, in the Ark. What does Judaism teach about the elderly's capacity to adapt? What does Judaism teach about reverence and honour?
Location: Soc 4
Hagit Damri, executive director of Hagar: Jewish/Arab education for equality, will share the story of a bilingual, bi-cultural educational framework in the Negev, Israel. Hagar was created out of a desire to bring together two divided communities through the process of raising a new generation of children immersed in peace.
This session is aimed at those who take children's services for ages 7-12. We will discuss techniques to engage and stimulate discussion and learning. Bring your own ideas because part of the session will be for sharing good practice. Not only will we learn to survive, but we will aim to thrive!
Location: Ram 4
Teshuva is a core value in Judaism. But can we really change in the deep ways that teshuva requires? This session explores the neurobiology of habits and of change. Why is change so hard? We will discuss ways to harness the power of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change--throughout life.
Limmud Social Programming Team
Location: SU Copper Rooms 2
If you can solve our riddle, You'll get here in a diddle, It's time that you were tested, Attentions will be arrested, Your epic quest starts soon, We'll cu in this room...
Location: Arts - Ensemble
In March 2013, at the JCM conference in Germany, Judith was called on to do a performance at short notice. With only an afternoon of planning, what emerged was a set of the songs which she felt were particularly significant in her journey to her present place as a musician and the stories that went with them...
Location: Soc 1
Yalta, the Shrew – Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband's wine? The comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle, Shakespeare, Congreve, Brontë, Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich, and R. Kook.
Location: Soc 3
Smaller Jewish communities have their own specific challenges and we will explore some of them including the question of critical mass,and the issues of pluralism, infrastructure and intermarriage.
Location: Soc 2
This session will examine the spread of religious radicalism in Israel -- from buses to the kotel to the Knesset -- and the ways in which radicalism threatens the real lives of women in everyday life. It will also look at ways in which YOU can get involved to help stop the spread of radicalism.
Written by the team behind the hit TV series Srugim, this delicious, gentle family comedy follows Akiva, a shy yeshiva boy and his closely-knit, argumentative family.