Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Saturday 11:45

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Justice, mercy, and kindness in the liturgical poetry of Rosh Hashana

Moshe Szyf 

Green 25

How could justice, kindness and mercy coexist? We will study together Elazar Hakalir's poetry for the first day of Rosh Hashana and discuss his unique perspective on this paradox. How do these concepts compare with our modern understanding of justice in Western societies?

 Shacharit RHa_kedushta.pdf

Experiencing Jewish history beyond the pogrom: Kivunim's international education perspective

Peter Geffen 

Orange 14

Kivunim's unique philosophy challenges assumptions long embedded in Jewish education. We will examine the impact on students of a more balanced presentation of Jewish history through a combination of academic and experiential learning. The power and importance of "building world consciousness" within the Jewish framework will be explored. Peter's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

 KIVUNIM ‘S MISSION STATEMENT.doc  Distinctive Mission for Muslims’ Conference: Remembering the Holocaust - The New York Times.pdf

How an economist makes a motzi

Russ Roberts 

Orange 12

When we say the blessing over bread, we can fail to sufficiently appreciate just how marvellous bread really is. In this session I will explain how I use the economics of bread in my blessing practice. We will we also look at a brief passage from the Talmud that anticipates the economist's view of bread and modern economic life.

Keep Today’s Segregated Kotel Architecture: Change My Mind

David Benkof 

Orange 13

“Arguments for the Sake of Heaven” are a cornerstone Limmud value, but right-leaning ideas can be under-represented. Many Diaspora Jews are outraged Israel has rejected a prominent space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel. Have a respectful - if passionate - conversation with a journalist who agrees with Israel’s Orthodox establishment on this one.

A magical journey for Shabbat

Caroline Hagard 

Yellow 22

Travel with us back to the time of Noah and the Ark. Hear stories and songs all about Noah, his family and the animals on the ark. Listen, sing, act, join in or just sit and listen but do come to this lovely session for a Shabbat of fun and joy. Suitable for all but especially for families with young children.

How a Christian school built 3 Sukkahs and other stories

Zvi Solomons 

Red 2

Zvi spends much of his time teaching Judaism at non-Jewish schools as part of RE (Religious Education). In this session we shall examine how he presents Judaism to non-Jewish children, often for the first time, and how this is beneficial. Please bring your own stories to share.

Living on a prayer

Jessica Spencer  Katharine Crew  Rob Thompson 

Blue 33

What’s the point of prayer? What’s more important – the right words, or the right intention? And what are the shared roots of Christian and Jewish worship? Come and explore how Jews and Christians see prayer and the differences in how we pray.

Preferring sages to prophets: interpretation as revelation

Laynie Soloman 

Orange 11

The rabbis declare that “if we are not prophets, we are the children of prophets,” but what does it mean to be a prophet in our (and their!) current moment? We’ll investigate the ways in which our creative acts of interpretation serve as acts of prophecy, and what this means for our relationship with G!d, tradition, and our own insights.

Some Mishnayot that used to trouble me as a woman and a feminist

Luz Toff 

Red 4

The Mishna (Oral Torah) isn't always a friendly place as a woman. Together we will look at a selection of Mishnayot that used to trouble me as a woman and a feminist but now no longer do. Come and learn. Texts will be provided in Hebrew and English.

What can we do to save the environment as a Jewish community?

Yonatan Neril  David Krantz  Frauke Ohnholz 

Red 3

Come and hear from our panellists about what the biggest environmental issues we are facing in the coming years and what we can do as a community to improve and better the wider environment that we live in.

Young Philosophers (ages 8-12)

Ben Winton 

Yellow 21

In this session, you are invited to think about some big questions on prayer: Could you explain to an alien what praying is and why people do it? Does praying work? If you do it wrong, does that mean it won't work? Come join the circle and discuss your thoughts!

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