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« Limmud Conference 2016 - Wednesday 13:15
A new look at the 1948 war
Various aspects of the 1948 war, some of them untreated or little regarded in conventional historiography. It will look at the nature of the war, the aims of the various participants (the Jewish community\Israel, and the Palestinian Arabs, and the various Arab states); at the refugee problems created by the war (the Palestinian, Israeli, and Jews from Arab lands); and at the balance of forces between the various participants.
Animals in the Qur'an and Tanach
What do the Tanach and the Qur'an have to say about our near relatives, the other animals? We'll explore our scriptural traditions about ants, pigs, whales, dogs, sea monsters, and other unexpected beings.
Dance as food for the soul
Watch performances and learn about the history of Israeli dance and why it is Israel’s major cultural export. Understand the impact of Israeli dance in Ukraine, Crimea, the Baltic States, Turkey, Brazil and Cuba! Hear stories from some of the 18,000 people the Israeli Dance Institute helps across the world, and how Limmud has contributed to this.
Does your rabbi know you’re here?
We uncover the hidden history of Jewish involvement in English football. From Louis Bookman, the first Jew to play in England's top division, through to the businessmen who helped form the breakaway Premier League, and in the process changed the English game for ever.
It's Chanukah, why don't you come along and make your own dreidel out of clay! You could even write a song about it.
Eli Wiesel: where are my Jews? - an exhibition opening
Limmud FSU is proud to present a photographic survey of the life of Eli Wiesel, which showcases milestones in Wiesel’s life, from his youth before and during the Holocaust to his work as a novelist, journalist, Jewish leader and Nobel Prize winner. Curator: Dr. Yoel Rappel.
Free choice: when God was over-ruled (3 of 3)
Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood's detective in San Francisco) was fond of saying "A man has got to know his limitations". But what about God's? We look at a story where even God is defeated by His people, but did they make the right choice?
From massacre to ministry: the remarkable rise of Levi
How did Levi shed the murderous past of their ancestor and become the priestly tribe? Using ancient texts we will tell an alternative story to the one often provided by the commentators, examining an event that occurred to Levi at the age of thirteen that may explain his rebellious youth.
Growing Up in Complex Times: Exploring Young Jewish Lives
Since 2011, we have been following more than 1,000 Jewish children from when they began year 7 in their secondary schools in the UK. Those children are now 16. Find out how their Jewish lives have been developing since the start of this unique longitudinal study.
Human shields, the laws of war and the Arab-Israeli conflict
We constantly hear all manner of accusations made against the Israel Defense Force and the way it operates. If you believe the critics, you'd think it was a criminal organisation, through and through. But what do the facts tell us about Israel and its foes' legal compliance with the laws of war?
Inclusive Jewish leadership
How can we improve access to Jewish communal professional leadership? This session will explore the barriers that Jewish communal professionals face in accessing opportunities and progressing their careers. The panel will explore solutions and programmes.
It Always Rains on Sunday (92 mins)
Under relentless sheets of cold rain, a former barmaid offers sanctuary to her fugitive ex-lover. The intertwined destines of a neighbourhood of London’s East Enders add to the suspense, prefiguring the ensemble work of Robert Altman. A rare film from this era set in a Jewish milieu. Dir Robert Hamer, UK (1947)
Law vs equity: an examination of Jewish legal ethics
A text based discussion that spans Talmudic sources, Biblical verses and Aristotle’s definitions of fairness.
Looking for God - or why do we pray anyway?
A rabbinic student asked his professor to teach him Yiddish. “Teach you Yiddish?!” came the reply, “You don’t teach Yiddish; you just open your mouth and it comes out.” The student tried it. It didn’t work. Similarly, people increasingly ask how and even why we pray. How, then, do we pray? And how do we find God – in all the right places?
Modern Jive at Limmud (3 of 3)
Modern jive is a fun, easy to learn, partner dance. Simple footwork and a set of basic moves will have you navigating the dance floor like a pro in no time at all. There are 3 sessions over Conference, each teaching a few basic moves that can be joined into a routine. Don't worry if you missed one though, every session will be beginner friendly.
Not a job for a nice Jewish girl
Working in theatre and comedy throws up many issues when it comes to being a practising modern Orthodox Jew with a soft spot for Israel. Rachel talks about some of the challenges and experiences that have given her pause for thought (or material for her set).
The content of this session is up to the people who attend. This format for thought-sharing allows participants to talk about the things that matter to them, whatever this may be. Come ready to bring up a topic or to jump in on a conversation that interests you.
Redeeming the Captives: Multilingualism in Hasidic Music
Why are the most sacred Jewish songs sung in Russian, Ukranian, Hungarian and other "gentile" languages? How do these songs relate to Hebrew as the "official" sacred language? Why do Hasidic spiritual leaders believe that such mixture of Jewish and non-Jewish linguistic brings Redemption? Includes textual study, music, and performance.
Stanley Cavell: the problem of knowledge and the problem of love
In his autobiography, the Harvard philosopher Stanley Cavell finds the roots of his interpretations of Wittgenstein and Shakespeare in his childhood, in what he had to learn to make sense of his father’s anger at the world. This session explores Cavell’s insights into how little we can reveal of ourselves to another’s gaze, or bear of it.
The heart and the spring: Religious yearning and a taste of Rav Nahman
We’ll explore the essence of mysticism and some basic kabbalistic concepts such as sefirot and two worlds. We’ll read a true pearl of Chassidic thought “The Heart and the Spring” - R. Nahman of Bratzlav’s tale of religious yearning, whose protagonists are a Heart, a Mountain, a Spring, a stuttering beggar and a True Man of Kindness.
The house of Julius Jacobs - a play-reading
Julius Jacobs is seeking answers to some hard questions: what brought him, a Manchester-born Jew and a Zionist, to the role of deputy assistant High Commissioner of the Mandatory in 1946; which side was he on; and why were his medals (the Somme, Palestine and an OBE from WW2) in his pocket when the Irgun blew the place up? Based on a true story.
The Jedi, the rabbi and the Dark Side: Elisha ben Abuyah Skywalker a.k.a. Darth Vader Acher
A shameless excuse for watching Star Wars clips while studying rabbinic texts (Midrash and Talmud). We’ll read the story of Elisha ben Abuyah, how he became Acher, and consider the ultimate possibility of ‘teshuvah’. Join me and together we can rule the Galaxy...
The Palestinian high-tech sector and Israel’s role in it (2 of 3)
Yes, there is a Palestinian high-tech sector! This session will showcase its most successful companies, entrepreneurs and investors. It will also shed light on the role of Israel in helping build Palestinian high-tech, explore future prospects, and assess the impact Israeli-Palestinian high-tech cooperation may have on the conflict.
What have Methodists done for interfaith relations?
Two Methodists and a Jew sat in a room talking about the things that unite and divide us. Social action, the Israel/Palestine conflict, BDS and more. Join the discussion.
Women's rights issues and discourse in the U.S. and Israel
Red 8 (Boulevard Back)
American and Israeli society are experiencing intense interest in women's equality and related issues, but the emphasis is different in each country. Using case examples, we will explore differences and common threads, including the role of women in the military, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women in the name of religion.
Abrahamic Interfaith: Perspectives from campus
To look at what interfaith actually is, why it is or isn't important and to discuss whether or not working with other faith societies opens Jewish societies up to unnecessary security threats.
Kaddish throughout the year
We say Kaddish a number of times during every service throughout the year. Each has its specific nusach/melody. Come and learn them!