David will demonstrate his methodology for the study of Talmud in one short and relative easy discourse in Berachot. Some previous experience in Talmud necessary. Particularly recommended for people interested in the Limmud Beit Midrash sessions.
This stand-alone session is a chance for book lovers to share insights. We will discuss our favourite extracts, characters and theories - for those who've already read the book and those who haven't but want to find out more. Today's choice is David Grossman’s International Man Booker prize winning exploration of the life of a stand-up comic.
Torah from Heaven is a central tenet of traditional Jewish belief. Across the spectrum of the progressive world exists a range of ways of considering what that might mean for us today. Come and engage as a Reconstructionist, Humanistic, and British Reform rabbi discuss the options and their own personal stories of engagement with the Torah.
The session will discuss the changing agenda of Jewish museums from their inception at the end of the 19th century to the present. Issues that will be of concern: impact of the Holocaust on Jewish museums, geographic distribution, innovative architectural designs, thematic concerns of the museums and the guiding theoretical directions.
Come along to hear this panel of talented musicians and music lovers discuss liturgy and its relationship to modern Jewish music. With religious music now reaching YouTube viral heights, have its aims changed? And what is the future of the Jewish music scene?
In this session we will focus on the tragic figure of Eliezer ben Hrycanus, his origins, approach to halacha and his ultimate excommunication.
When do we encourage people to break the rules? How do we create social policy that will be followed? Our journey through the Mishnah continues as we discover the rules of witnesses who saw the New Moon.
Rabbi Yishmael is known for his rules of Biblical hermeneutics and his great legal acumen as displayed in his book of Midrash Halakhah. But he is also a man of prayer, high principle, and legendary good looks. So much to understand and uncover about this man in white! (Best for those with basic experience learning rabbinic texts in original).
Bring your reflections about working in NHS mental health services, to an informal discussion on how we might improve them. Should staff speak out about inadequate policy/practice? Are there Jewish views on whistle-blowing? This discussion is for staff at all stages of their careers in mental health services, and others interested in the subject.
The philosophy of the confirmed atheist Nietzsche appears to have little in common with that of the leading Modern Orthodox thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. This series argues, however, that it is surprisingly fruitful to consider some central aspects of Soloveitchik's thought through a Nietzschean lens. This session focuses on suffering.
Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Dustin Hoffman: allegations of sexual harassment keep on coming. Will there be lasting change in Hollywood? How can we continue to watch classic films? And how do we deal with the issue as a Jewish community?
What does it mean to be seen? Is it your image? Your voice? Your culture? For decades Mizrahi Jews in Israel haven't been properly, or fairly, represented in Israel's culture, education and politics. This session will explore the changes in the representation of Mizrahim through the years, and its effect on Israel's society.
Jewish social activists of different political and religious stripes are united by the aim of helping every individual realise their humanity. Being human means being in relationship and community. We'll explore the clashing views of philosophers Hannah Arendt and Martin Buber on the meaning of community and why it's so important for social justice.
YouTube is awash with musical interpretations of classical Hebrew text. This is a whistle stop tour through some of the catchiest, ranging from love poetry to G-d poetry (psalms). We'll take a brief look at the Hebrew and English before watching and listening to some amazing performers. Anyone attempting to sing along will be encouraged.
Twenty years ago, Chaim Bermant - the most celebrated of all Jewish Chronicle writers - died suddenly, a month short of his 69th birthday. He was known for his sharp and witty style, his articles often the topic of heated discussion at the Friday night table. Danny Bermant discusses his life and times and shares a few of his favourite articles. At the end of the session we will drink a l'chaim in his memory.
7 Jews, 7 countries, 7 unique experiences, 1 wholly unoriginal station-rotation format. Experiencing Limmud Conference in the shadow of the Great Wall of China, the challenges of being Jewish in a Muslim country, relief work in the Philippines, Indian-Jewish celebrations, and Jewish history in Azerbaijan and Georgia will all be explored and more!
When Rebecca our matriarch experienced suffering, she went “to seek God”, to try to derive meaning from an otherwise meaningless experience. We will explore how Rebecca can help us in our own struggles to find meaning in a world that may or may not easily give it to us. Sources in original and English.
What do the sources say on women wearing tzitzit and tallit? Is this different to the other time bound mitzvot?
Cheshbon ha nefesh (lit. "accounting of the soul"), is one of the oldest Jewish meditation techniques. Maimonides recommended to do this ethical work every night. Come deepen or discover Jewish spiritual introspective practices as we build together a contemplative community during Limmud Festival!
The ability to stand up and share an idea linked to a Jewish concept can be daunting to some! This interactive session shares a simple formula that enables anybody, yes anybody, to give a thoughtful Torah thought.
Arieh – Director of the Zionist Federation; and Steve – a socialist of sorts, will argue with each other (not difficult!) about whether the Balfour Declaration or the Russian Revolution had the most lasting global or Jewish impact over the last 100 years.