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« Limmud Conference 2016 - Friday 21:15
Shabbat melodies in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is blessed with colourful and diverse communities, each with its own synagogues, traditional prayers and Zemirot (Shabbat table songs). This session will be a glimpse of assorted melodies and stories still experienced at the Shabbat meal in Jerusalem today.
The Rebbe's tisch
A long-time tradition of our Jewish culture, The Rebbe's tisch offers opportunities for everyone, young and old, experienced tellers and newcomers, to share a special Shabbat story or song. Come tell! Come sing! Come listen!
Confess! Confess! Confess!
The concept of confession may be intricately linked with the Roman Catholic Church and the forced pre-trial confessions of the Middle Ages, but Judaism has its own very different understanding of confession. In this session we will explore a range of Jewish sources that explore how, what and why Jews confess.
Yehuda Amichai: was he a traitor?
In 1965 Ted Hughes commissioned English versions of Yehuda Amichai’s poems for "Modern Poetry in Translation". On introducing his work to an international audience, Amichai implied he could be considered a traitor for writing as he did. In this session we'll think about why he said this and explore one of his early (potentially traitorous?) poems.
Joseph: the man and the myth
Joseph is mentioned in the same breath as Moses and the patriarchs, and as the progenitor of the first Messiah. But who was he, and what ideals does he come to represent in Jewish tradition? We will explore some answers through biblical, rabbinic and chassidic texts. No Hebrew skills required, though knowledge of the musical very much encouraged.
My ancestors were Syrian refugees
Torah starts with people, forced out of paradise, the story of our Patriarchs with Abraham, leaving Padam-Aram. Diaspora is central to our understanding of the world. Nobody is in the right place not even God. In this session, we read traditional texts and will speak about what it is to be a refugee and how we feel about refugees coming here.
Is the hunt for Nazi war criminals over?
A look at the Wiesenthal Center's "Operation Last Chance" project which offers money in return for information which facilitates prosecution of Nazi war criminals, and the new dramatic developments in Germany which led to dozens of new investigations.
The most important theologian you've never heard of
This time last year saw the passing of Michael Wyschogrod z"l, one of the most remarkable Jewish theologians of recent times. This session will introduce his groundbreaking interpretation of Judaism, which deserves a wider reception than it received in his lifetime.
Midrash and metaphor
Some metaphors are literally true: no man is an island. Some metaphors are literally false, but convey something true. When you say that someone has a stone heart, you're not accurately describing their anatomy! How do metaphors do what they do? We explore some Midrashic answers to this question.
What does Donald Trump's presidential victory mean for us?
It's perhaps the greatest shock ever seen in electoral politics. Nobody saw Donald Trump occupying the White House, but in the next month that's exactly what will happen. Join our panel to discuss what this means for us and where we go from here, as interested observers, Jews and citizens of the world.