Limmud Conference 2013

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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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.

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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.

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JDOV 2013 - Benjamin Pogrund - Make Contact Create Trust

Benjamin Pogrund

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year. Join us as four inspiring speakers give the 'Jewish talk of their life'. In Benjamin Porgrund's talk he shares the lessons that he's learned from the quarter of a century he spent as a journalist in apartheid South Africa, from his life in Israel and from his 80 years.

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JDOV 2013 - Daniel Bryfman - The Times They Are A-Changing

Daniel Bryfman

The Jewish world of tomorrow cannot, should not, and will not look like the Jewish world of today. There are several changes taking place in the ways in which people are behaving today that are directly impacting some of the very core characteristics of the Jewish world as we know it. This talk explores five of these major trends, some of which are related to today’s technology, that indicate that we are indeed a people undergoing some major transformations. Whether it’s a true revolution or just part of an evolutionary cycle, perhaps only time will tell, but no matter how this period in Jewish history is recorded – the writing is on the wall and the times they are a changing. Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year

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JDOV 2013 - Daniel Freelander - Growing Jewish Musical Mould

Daniel Freelander

Jews love familiar melodies, even after they grow mouldy. We get stuck and resist being open to different approaches that can sometimes move us forward. Jewish music is merely a ‘cover’, a ‘midrash’ on a Jewish text. New music creates new mould on our sacred textual ‘host’. Hopefully, the new musical midrash interprets the text, creates understanding, inspires deeper meaning. Sometimes, the new mould smells badly. Sometimes it is remarkable. But we need to be open to the new, lest our musical interpretations of our tradition become stale and rotten. Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year.

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JDOV 2013 - Daniel Taub - My Israel in Ten Objects

Daniel Taub

It seems like it used to be easier to convey a picture of the State of Israel. A single image – immigrants arriving at a port in Haifa in 1948, paratroopers looking up at the Western Wall in 1967, commandos returning from rescuing the hostages from Entebbe in 1976 – seems to sum up an entire era. But how to portray a picture of Israel today? Using 10 personal objects, Ambassador Daniel Taub gives his own personal, funny and surprisingly moving portrait of contemporary Israel.

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JDOV 2013 - Irene Prusher - Our Own Worst Enemy: Jewish Islamophobia

Irene Prusher

Think all Muslims hate us? Think again. Jews – and most people in the Western world – have let fearmongers and extremists paint a picture of Islam that is out of touch with reality. In fact, our fear, our ignorance, and our arrogance, may be the biggest detriment to peace. Not only do most Muslims not hate Jews, but many see a kind of kinship that you would never have expected if you only read the front-page news. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid – listen to this talk on Jewish Islamophobia: Our Own Worst Enemy.

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JDOV 2013 - Jacqueline Nicolls - How to Draw Like an Observant Jew

Jacqueline Nicholls

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year. Join us as four inspiring speakers give the 'Jewish talk of their life'. Jacqueline encourages you to really look at the world through different eyes. Be an observant Jew and see how it impacts what you see.

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JDOV 2013 - Laura Janner Klausner - Power and Its Discontents

Laura Janner-Klausner

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year. Join us as four inspiring speakers give the 'Jewish talk of their life'. Laura's talk: Like other religious leaders, being a religious and communal leader has given me power over certain aspects of people’s lives. I strongly believe in inverting the power pyramid so that everyone claims their opportunity to play their part in decisions that affect themselves and their communities. In this talk, I look at how Jewish values and teachings can help us use our power responsibly and prevent its abuse

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JDOV 2013 - Micha Odenheimer - Skin in the Game

Micha Odenheimer

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year. Join us as inspiring speakers give the 'Jewish talk of their life'.

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JDOV 2013 - Miriam Brosseau - The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

Miriam Brosseau

Every once in a while, everyone has their own revelation – that moment when everything clicks…and everything changes. What makes these moments happen? How can we recognize and capture them? Can we make them happen for others? Through personal stories, Torah insights, and some help from the Stereo Sinai song “The Revelation Will Not Be Televised,” Miriam Brosseau explores these questions and more in a talk that will help you bring a bit of the original Revelation into your own life. Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year

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JDOV 2013 - Naomi Less - Don’t Yuck My Yum

Naomi Less

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year. Ever feel shut down just because of a look someone gave you? We’ve all experienced it. But Naomi Less calls it out and gets at the root of why it happens with a strategy for eliminating it from your world. This is especially important for anyone who lives with or works with tween and teen girls.

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JDOV 2013 - Paul Wolpe - Chochma, Bina, Daat

Paul Wolpe

Chochma, Bina, Daat: Why All Our Access to Data Hasn’t Help Us Make Better Decisions We have access to unprecedented amounts of information today – you can easily and immediately look up almost any piece of information. You have at your fingertips more data than was in a great library a few decades ago, with a much quicker and more accurate way to find information. So, with all this knowledge, why don’t we feel smarter, better informed? Why does humanity still struggle with the same questions? We have technological achievements that were in the realm of science fiction just a few years ago, we are curing diseases that seemed incurable to our grandparents, we are developing 3D printing and nanotechnology and brain imaging and synthetic biology, and yet each new advance seems to challenge us with as many new questions as it solves old ones. So, if it is not knowledge we lack what exactly is it? And can our tradition add anything of value to the modern quest to try to find answers? This is the conundrum I try to explore in this JDOV talk.

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JDOV 2013 - Sally Berkovic - Six Feet Under

Sally Berkovic

'I will lie on a cold metal table…’ If you’ve ever wondered what the Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) will do with your body when you die, this talk is for you. This talk intersperses reflections on the early deaths of my parents and my own life as a ‘motherless mother’ with the physical rituals undertaken by the Chevra Kadisha as my dead body will be prepared for my burial, six feet under. Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give 'the talk of their life' in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our third year.

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Limmud Scratch Choir 2013 performance

Shelley Katz

An extract from the performance by the Limmud scratch choir 2013. All singers joined during Conference 2013 and worked up the performance during the course of the Conference. The clip includes extracts from Judas Maccabaeus by Handel and Adon Olam by Salomon Rossi. The conductor is Shelley Katz.

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Marriage equality in Jewish communities (panel discussion)

Benjamin Crowne, Laura Janner-Klausner, Zvi Solomons and David Wolpe

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.

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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.

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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. Hear this iconic figure tell his story.

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Parasha 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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Rabbinate, religion and state in Israel: a conversation

Yuval Cherlow and Clive Lawton

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

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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.

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The New British Jewish Songbook

David Hoffman, Alexander Massey, Judith Silver and Dean Staker

A variety of contemporary homegrown Jewish songwriters bring you a taster of their material - a showcase of different performers in different styles, dealing with Jewish texts and themes both sacred and secular - demonstrating the range of new and contemporary Jewish musical material being written in the UK. This page has clips featuring David Hoffman (accompanied by Abi Magrill), Judith Silver, Dean Staker and Alexander Massey.

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

David Wolpe and Paul Wolpe

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

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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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