A family of country priests rebelled against the ruling authorities and won: we continue to celebrate their victory today. Who were these authorities? What did they want, and why were the Maccabees so determined not to let them have it? How did it all come out, and what were the long-term effects of their victory?
What makes a good survey? What makes a survey bad? How can you get the most out of your survey? In this session, we will explore answers to these questions and look at some examples. We will even look at some real-world Jewish surveys and learn how to interpret the results.
Did they tell you that the Haftarah reading was instituted because reading Torah was forbidden? Come and hear why that is not as it happened and also why that story was invented.
Rare video footage of the 1988 conference will be the basis for discussion. See what it was like in those early days. Fortunately fears of Limmud's demise were premature, and we will consider to what extent 1988 might be seen as a turning point in the conference's development.