Limmud Conference 2013

'Hakovesh et yitzro': neurobiology meets rabbinic wisdom (1 of 4)

Mona Fishbane

Emotional reactivity and dysregulation - an emotional response that is poorly modulated - are sources of personal and interpersonal suffering. This session will explore ways to regulate our emotions, informed by cutting-edge research in neurobiology. We will consider the rabbinic dictum, 'Who is mighty? The one who conquers his(/her) impulses' in light of current thinking about social and emotional intelligence.

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'The Story of the Jews' - revisited (1 of 4)

Chaim Weiner

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: 'The Beginnings of Jewish Faith'.

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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.

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Are Jewish ethics unique? Did the prophets invent ethics?

Yuval Cherlow

One of the fundamental ideas of the prophets is conditional receiving of offers and sacrifices by G-d - only if society acts correctly towards its weaker parts. Ostensibly, this idea is not mentioned in the Torah. This session will therefore question whether the prophets invented a new and alternative Judaism.

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Dean Staker in Concert

Dean Staker

Dean Staker is probably best-known in the Jewish community as the founding member of 'Shabbat Resouled' and as the bassist in the Limmud House Band, but outside of the community he is an established performer and an award-winning singer-songwriter with an international following. In this session Dean will be performing both secular and liturgical songs from throughout his 30-year career. Includes backing from Leah Shafritz, David Hoffman, Abi Magrill and Joel Berkowitz.

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Encountering the Other: Buber and Levinas (1 of 2)

Tamra Wright

Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas were two of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the 20th century; each had a major impact on both Jewish thought and general philosophy. We will explore their understanding of the self-other relationship and its implications for Judaism and for everyday life with others. No previous experience of philosophy required. Today's session: Buber's 'I–thou'.

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Genesis 19: priorities of mind and double-mindedness (2 of 4)

Michael Fishbane

This session will examine the destruction of Sodom, and consider the challenge of conflicting religious and ethical goals. Study supplemented by Talmud texts, the Netziv, and Hasidic commentaries.

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How Jewish is Doctor Who?

Benjamin Crowne, David Hoffman, Toni Rickenback and Raphael Zarum

Does the Tardis need a mezuzah? Can you use a sonic screwdriver on Shabbat? Can a woman be a Time Lord? Courageously asking the big questions, our panel of leading experts* tackles a great issue of our times: how Jewish is Doctor Who? [*field of expertise not specified]

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Impact investing and social enterprise: Maimonides meets the market

Shawn Landres

The UK leads the world in impact investing and social enterprise, but global Jewry is playing catch-up. Yet they are 21st-century versions of Maimonides's highest levels of tzedakah: they create job opportunities and enable beneficiaries to sustain themselves. We'll explore the spectrum from pure profit to pure impact and discuss the latest trends in doing good while doing well.

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It's more than a game: the power of experiential Jewish education

David Bryfman

Experiential or informal Jewish education is more than playing games and having discussions. It's a particular mindset based around what really matters most in education – the learner. This session will build a foundation of understanding for this powerful philosophy and pedagogy and challenge you to reach even greater heights in your quest to transform Jewish lives.

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Limmud Breakfast Show - Tuesday 24th December 2013

Daniel Cainer, Hayden Cohen, Clive Lawton, Adam Moscoe, Michael Wegier and Hannah Weisfeld

The first episode of the Limmud Breakfast Show at Limmud Conference 2013, Warwick University, hosted by Hayden Cohen. Featuring Hannah Weisfeld, Adam Moscoe, Michael Wegier and Clive Lawton. With music from Daniel Cainer.

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Limmud Breakfast Show - Wednesday 25th December 2013

Avielah Barclay, Hayden Cohen, Judy Maltz, Nuriya, Jonathan Romain, Danny Shine and Vivian Wineman

The second episode of the Limmud Breakfast Show at Limmud Conference 2013, Warwick University, hosted by Hayden Cohen. Featuring Avielah Barclay, Vivian Wineman, Danny Shine, Judy Maltz and Jonathan Romain. With music from Nuriya and Hayden!

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Natan Sharansky - This is your life

Jane Eisner and Natan Sharansky

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.

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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

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Sex and death: the real story of Adam and Eve

David Wolpe

Why don't Adam and Eve die when they eat, as God promises? Why is their first reaction to know they are naked? This session will show that the story asks and responds to the single deepest question in our lives.

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Sudanese and Eritrean Refugees in Israel

Gideon Sylvester

Around 60,000 refugees have come to Israel in the last few years. Most of them live in Tel Aviv. Great battles have erupted in the streets and in the courts over their presence. Do we have a responsibility to them or should we keep Israel Jewish?

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The fifty Jewish words every Jew should know (1 of 4)

Clive Lawton

In any culture - and Jews are no exception - there are certain key words that lose something essential in translation. In this series, Clive will propose, explain and explore the 50 words that he thinks every Jew should know and should translate only if absolutely necessary.

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The fifty Jewish words every Jew should know (4 of 4)

Clive Lawton

In any culture - and Jews are no exception - there are certain key words that lose something essential in translation. In this series, Clive will propose, explain and explore the 50 words that he thinks every Jew should know and should translate only if absolutely necessary.

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The Halachic Basis for Full Female Participation in Jewish Ritual Life

Daniel Reisel

In this text-based session we are going to delve into the Talmudic and halachic sources that support full female integration into communal life. Specifically, we will study the sources that support women reading from the Torah, leading services and blowing the shofar.

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The shrew, femme fatale, prima donna, and whore: four Talmudic heroines (4 of 4)

Gila Fine

Heruta, the Madonna / whore – why are women divided into saintly and seductive? How does a married couple go for years without intimacy? And why must the wife dress up as a prostitute to show her husband who she really is? The domestic drama of R. Hiyya and his wife, read through Demosthenes, Nahmanides, Freud, Wilde, Kant, Buber, Calderon, and Mad Men.

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Who is God?

Joel Grishaver and Raphael Zarum

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.

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