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Jewish Thought & Spirituality [clear filter]
Saturday, August 25
 

1:30pm

ADAM AND STEVE, AMY AND EVE: FINDING A UNIQUE MARITAL RITUAL FOR QUEER JEWS
Weddings are pure theatre and marriage is anything but.  What do we mean when we stand under a chuppah? This session will ask deep questions about marriage, intimacy, love, sex, reproduction, and about their Jewish expression in kiddushin. And finally we will explore what all this means for gay and lesbian couples who want to tie the knot.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:40pm

COMMUNAL RABBIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: ARE THEY STILL NEEDED?
This session will look into the role of a communal Rabbi in the 21st Century and how it differs from the past. Did they get it right then  and are we getting it right today?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:40pm

FROM TEMPLE TO TENT
Responding to the model of the mishkan on the table of the hall at Beth Shalom is my starting point. The mishkan (tabernacle tent Exodus 24:15–40:38) is treated in co-relation with the instructions of the book of Leviticus and the Israelite people, represented as twelve tribes, in Numbers 1:1–10:28. Perspectives offered on the mishkan are informed by the time when first versions of the text were possibly written, circa 500 BCE, and which later became the Masoretic (Hebrew) Text of the 7th to 10th century CE. Modern biblical theory (since 1800 CE) also informs the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart lectures in Biblical Studies at Good Shepherd College, Ponsonby, Auckland. She is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies, the Australian Catholic Biblical Association and the Society for Biblical Literature (USA). Her book From Temple to Tent... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

4:15pm

A NEW HEBREW LITURGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
 We will explore the evolution of liberal Hebrew liturgy through various texts, blessings and prayers.  The chosen texts reflect the changes that have occurred in order to accommodate more progressive world views.  Some of the innovations are tied to new rituals that link Jewish heritage with contemporary Jewish life. Some of the innovations are a radical departure of traditional ways we view God.

Speakers
avatar for Kinneret Shiryon

Kinneret Shiryon

The first woman rabbi in Israel, Kinneret Shiryon has helped introduce Israelis to the possibilities of liberal Judaism and significantly advanced religious equality in Israel when her synagogue, Kehillat Yozma, became the first non-Orthodox congregation to receive funding from the... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C175 / Akko

4:15pm

AUTHOR AND AUTHORITY IN LEGAL INTERPRETATION: WHAT MODERN LAW CAN LEARN FROM JEWISH TRADITIONS
Judaism, like modern law, is text-centred. Whereas the law has statutes, regulations and precedents, Judaism has a series of canonical texts accompanied by numerous authoritative commentaries. Like the law, therefore, Judaism is perennially plagued by questions of interpretation. When should we take the text literally and when should we treat it as an allegory? When should we seek the reason behind a legal rule and when should we adhere to its plain meaning? In this short talk, Arie Rosen explores some of the lessons today’s lawyers and citizens can take from the experience of interpreters in the Jewish tradition when interpreting modern law.

Speakers
avatar for Arie Rosen

Arie Rosen

Dr Arie Rosen is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, where he teaches legal and political philosophy, statutory interpretation and contract law theory. He holds a doctorate from NYU School of Law and undergraduate degrees in law and philosophy from Tel... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

5:25pm

ARE WE BEING FAIR TO OUR CONVERTS?
What does Jewish Law say about conversion and what it requires? Should we be encouraging converts  or pushing people away?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

5:25pm

TRAVELLING THE RELIGIOUS SPECTRUM: PANEL
It is a defining feature of LIMMUD that we are all on a Jewish journey….some journeys are linear, some are more twisty-turny and full of surprises. This Panel explores the different Jewish journeys of three individuals  - not just from different ends of the religious spectrum but geographically, relationship-wise, in terms of practice, belief and more. Facilitator: Tanya Thomson

Speakers
avatar for Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion where he spent three years after highschool. He currently studies at Victoria University, pursuing an LLB and a BA. Tadhg is committed to and involved with Jewish education in New Zealand and abroad. In New Zealand he is involved as... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ellen Duckor

Jo Ellen Duckor

JoEllen is the Mashpiah or Spiritual Director of Temple Sinai in Wellington. In December 2017 JoEllen received private s'mikhah.
avatar for Tanya Thomson

Tanya Thomson

Tanya is a lawyer, mother to three teens and a longtime LIMMUDnik, all of which should give her the skills and patience to facilitate a LIMMUD session without it ending in tears.
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is a consultant, advocate, author and public speaker, currently heading Kol v’Oz, an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C145 / Tel Aviv
 
Sunday, August 26
 

9:00am

SARAH IMAYNU: THE LAUGHING PRINCESS
Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people is full of ambiguities.  Embracing both the particular and universal, the Talmud describes her as a Jewish princess and a worldly queen; the mother of all born Jews and the matriarch of all converts.  Her prophetic powers were deemed greater than those of her husband. She orchestrates Abraham’s second marriage and then banishes both the mother and the child. According to the midrash, even her gender has been ambiguous.  We will explore the nuanced legacy of Sarah, our laughing prophet nursing mother.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C145 / Tel Aviv

10:15am

DO WE STILL NEED A BET DIN?
Why do we still need a Beit Din in the 21st Century? What is its role and is it still relevant?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C149 / Petah Tikva

10:15am

THE IMPACT OF WOMEN RABBIS ON SPIRITUAL LIFE IN ISRAEL
I will discuss the influence of women rabbis in six different areas of Israeli society including:
 
1. Liturgical innovations
2. Inclusive language in the general Hebrew speaking public
3. New models of religious leadership
4. Creation of new life cycle ceremonies
5. Changes in educational curriculum
6. Raising consciousness for a more egalitarian Israeli society

Speakers
avatar for Kinneret Shiryon

Kinneret Shiryon

The first woman rabbi in Israel, Kinneret Shiryon has helped introduce Israelis to the possibilities of liberal Judaism and significantly advanced religious equality in Israel when her synagogue, Kehillat Yozma, became the first non-Orthodox congregation to receive funding from the... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C145 / Tel Aviv

11:30am

JUDAISM AND THE ETHICS OF THE BODY
As philosopher Michael Wyshogrod reminds us, Judaism is a carnal election. Israel's election is transmitted through the body and to many, this is a scandal. We are mostly misunderstood by the world's religion due to this strange feature of our national existence. How does this embodied focus distinguish the contours of our religious life and in what way might it fundamentally shape our cultural and political identity as a people? Most importantly, we will explore how our understanding of the Jewish body shapes our ethics in profound ways.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

11:30am

POWERFUL PRAYER - IGNITING YOUR JEWISH HEART, MIND AND SOUL!
This session is a high energy, meaningful, warm look at how we connect.  Deb draws on an eclectic mix of Torah, psychology, Jewish history, orthodox Halacha, story telling and Jewish mysticism. For those who need intellectual understanding to connect, to those who connect through the soul, this is a session which will change the way you relate to prayer, the synagogue, yourself and your Creator.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Levy

Deb Levy

Deb is a passionate Jewish Community Educator. She is an Alumni of Hebrew University, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning Jerusalem, Machon Chana Women's Institute Crown Heights, and the AUJS Leadership Development Programme. As a child, Deb attended Kadimah College, Habonim and... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

1:30pm

KOL B’ISHA ERVA: A PROGRESSIVE JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
Women of the Wall singing, young Israeli women singing in competitions, women singing in the Knesset, women singing in shul: these may pose a challenge to some people. How do we feel about an understanding of halachah that prohibits women from singing in the presence of men? Progressive Judaism believes that every Jew has the ability, the freedom, and the responsibility to have a personal understanding of halachah in a way that is appropriate to the modern world. The Beth Shalom B’nei Mishnah Class will present and discuss the issue of kol b’ishah ervah.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Shalom Bnei Mishna class

Beth Shalom Bnei Mishna class

The class consists of: Zoe Ries, David Flint, Noam and Ariel Lazarus, Gemma Robinson, Amelia Beder, Nick and Stefan Biggio, Ethan Ivanier, Jessica Licht, Harriet Gelb, Ariel Apfel, Jonah Szechet, Hannah Sampson, David Miller and Caleb Zussman. The class are led through this learning... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C155 / Jerusalem

2:45pm

Organ Donation in Jewish Law
This session will explore the differing opinions about Organ Donation and the definition of death in Jewish Law.

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

4:00pm

WRESLING WITH GOD AND MEN: FOUR RATIONALES FOR THE BIBLICAL PROHIBITION
Two verses in Leviticus have authorized a harsh rejection of homosexuality. But why?  Rules cannot be intelligently and fairly applied without as sense of their intended aims. Rabbi Steven Greenberg will explore four rationales for the biblical prohibition of sex between men which appear in the traditional literature, each offering a different perspective and a different frame for a reconsideration of the law’s application.  

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C145 / Tel Aviv