The obligation of candle-lighting on Shabbat is widely appreciated as one of women’s quintessential mitzvot. Against the ongoing debate about the nature and contours of women’s religious obligations within Judaism, it is of moment to reflect on how this act, which seemingly ushers in the Shabbat, became entrusted to women.
However many times you've been at Limmud conference, whether dozens or especially if this is your first, there's nothing better than meeting some great new people. Come and meet your new best friend, or at least someone you can sit with for dinner!
When Ezra brought the Torah to Jerusalem and read it to the assembled crowd, they wept. Why? Where had he obtained this book and why had he brought it to Judea? National life was now based on a book: what difference did this make?
Halachah forbids reminding a convert to Judaism of his or her non-Jewish past. However, born-Jews often miss out on hearing why someone would choose Judaism, even in this age of religious "nones". In this session, Margueritte will briefly go over texts and the conversion process, but will leave most of the session to Q&A. Bring all your questions!
A shaggy strongman, a fatal attraction, a bad haircut - Sampson is a well-known Biblical hero, but this ancient tragedy has a lot to say to modern readers about strength, vulnerability, love, loneliness, and the Middle Eastern condition...
Welcome Shabbat as we explore the flavours, sounds and scents of Shabbat through the art of storytelling. International storyteller, Janie Grackin and friends, will shepherd you into a time of joy and shalom.
Join Kayla Feldman as we get ready for a fun-filled Shabbat by playing silly games and wearing funny hats. Suitable for ages 8-100.
Abaye, one of the greatest Talmud sages, is in this story described as a well-meaning peeping Tom in pursuit of a couple about to sin. What was he looking for? What needs do vicarious thrills address? What has he lost? The Talmud’s understanding of sexuality and desire teaches what psychoanalysis concurs with as to what we seek and what desire is.
For over 200 years, Jews in Rome were forced to attend conversionary sermons on a near-weekly basis. They had few opportunities to resist or object, but sometimes they did. This talk, drawn from manuscripts in the Vatican library and other Roman archives, investigates which circumstances prompted passive or active resistance from Rome's Jews.
Extreme times can lead to great art. Ponder short works about the Holocaust by Dan Pagis, Abraham Sutzkever, Primo Levi, and others to explore how survivors, observers, and future generations have used rhythm, rhyme, meter, symbolism, and imagery to respond to the Shoah. Beyond brief explanations, the session will focus on discussion and group work.
Miriam will present a few stages of family dynamics and possible challenges for families. In a candid group discussion with the participants, we will work as a group to articulate ways in which to resolve the conflicts.
Re-thinking creation as a pillar of Judaism in an evolutionary context. How this ancient part of our faith is still relevant, but in need of new interpretation. Includes a proposal for translation into daily practice.
The year-long countdown to the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is under way. Since 1917, the relationship between Britain and the concept - and then reality - of a Jewish homeland has evolved hugely. Our panel will be looking at where that leaves us today and what could be next as Britain and Israel move into the next 100 years.