Limmud Conference 2013 - Webcasts

Those sessions that are available for watching again can be found here or via the videos link in the menu. These include:

Parshat Shemot: lessons for our times - Ephraim Mirvis

This week's parsha, Shemot, contains many lessons relevant for us today. This session will explore some of its fascinating ideas.

A Torah guide to conflict resolution - Ephraim Mirvis

The Torah offers us lots of guidance for day to day living, but what does it say about managing conflict? In this session we will explore different models for handling challenging relationships.

Natan Sharansky: This is your life - Natan Sharansky, Jane Eisner

From being a refusenik in Russia to deputy Prime Minister of Israel, Natan has led an extraordinary life. Come and hear this iconic figure tell his story.

Frankenstein and the Golem: the wisdom of two approaches to the power of technology - Paul Wolpe

The story of Frankenstein and the legend of the Golem try to teach us something about human power, creation, technology, and responsibility. Both are deeply insightful tales of our aspirations, the limits of human power, and the consequences of failure. Each has a valuable lesson to teach us about modern science and our increasing biotechnological power.

Who is God? - Raphael Zarum, Joel Grishaver

A voice, a dream, a bush, a cloud, a presence? Torah gives many descriptions of God, but who is the One, the Name, the Unpronounceable? Two great teachers – who have known each other and learnt from each other for many years – will debate and delve into our texts to help us all get more intimate with God.

Religious-secular divide in Israeli society - Dov Lipman

The tension between religious and secular sectors in Israel has been escalating and is one of the main issues on the Israeli public agenda. Knesset member and rabbi Dov Lipman, member of 'Yesh Atid' Party, which fights religious radicalization in Israeli society and strives for a fair share of social and financial responsibilities, will analyze this tension.

Modern Biblical scholarship and traditional Jewish belief - James Kugel

Did Moses really write the Torah? Is there any archaeological evidence that the Exodus took place? Did the Israelites really conquer Canaan and settle there? Most biblical scholars in universities tend to answer all these questions with a 'No.' What then is a religious Jew to make of all this? A different way of approaching the question.

Rabbinate, religion and state in Israel: a conversation - Clive Lawton, Yuval Cherlow

Join one of Israel's leading rabbis, and one of Limmud's best-loved presenters for a wide-ranging discussion on the past, present and future of Judaism in the Jewish State

The voice of Judaism in American society: a conversation by the Wolpe brothers

The Jewish voice has a unique and important place in American ethical, social, and political dialogue. David Wolpe, a rabbi, and Paul Root Wolpe, a professor of Ethics (and of Jewish bioethics) at Emory University, will explore how and why the Jewish perspective wields such influence in the United States.

Israel's Changing Society - Miri Eisin

Israel's demography has changed dramatically from the establishment of the state 65 years ago. The transition from a social welfare to liberal capitalist economy, the mass immigration, birth rates - have all impacted Israeli society. come learn about the changes and their implications for the future of Israel.

Israel-Diaspora relations today: are we still dependent on one another? - Dov Lipman

For years Israel as a young nation and the Diaspora were dependent on each other. Israel was seeking material support, while Jewish communities considered it their protector. Is this type of relationship still relevant today? How can we characterize modern Israeli-Diaspora current relations? Dov Lipman, rabbi and member of the Knesset's Diaspora Affairs Committee, will examine these questions.

Marriage equality in Jewish communities - Benjamin Crowne, Zvi Solomons, David Wolpe, Laura Janner-Klausner

Same-sex marriage won major victories this year in both the UK and USA. How has it affected Jewish communities? What happens when rabbis and their congregants disagree? An interdenominational panel of leading rabbis consider this and other issues.