2010 Conference
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Mishael Zion

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Mishael Zion is a Faculty Fellow at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning and a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School. Hailing from Jerusalem, Mishael served on the faculty of the Hartman Institute and at Pardes, as well as on the faculty of Yeshivat Hadar in New York. Co-author of "A Night to Remember: Haggadah of Contemporary Voices," he lives in New York with his wife Elana and two daughters.

Friday Night Tisch!

Dasee Berkowitz, Mimi Feigelson, David Ingber, Ethan Tucker, Mishael Zion

Interactive, Shabbat

Tisch (Yiddish for Table) is the Hasidic custom of gathering around a table to share songs, words and drinks — all of the kind that warm up the inside. Come join host Mishael Zion as some of Limmud NY's top presenters share their thoughts, stories and free-associations on "Why We Learn." Prepare yourself to experience the best of Shabbat and Limmud NY all wrapped up in one joyous and uplifting session. Note: Alcohol will be available at the Tisch (only for participants who are 21 years of age and older).

Stories from the Talmud's Couple Counseling Clinic

Juggling our Personal Lives and Professional Loves

Text & Thought

Rabbi Rehumei loved studying Torah so much, he would come home only once a year. Then one year he forgot! Studying this short and painful Talmudic story opens a doorway into the Talmud's unique style of storytelling, and into a discussion about the meaning of Torah study, the art of relationships, and the challenge of balancing our jobs and our homes. It is not just a story about Talmudic rabbis and wives—it is about letting a story from our tradition reverberate into a our lives today.

How to Criticize and When Not to Bother

Studying the Mitzvah of Rebuke

Text & Thought

We do it every day – but how often do we perform it as a mitzvah, a commandment, a holy action? Of course, if we are to criticize as a holy action, it must be refined, thought through, and performed carefully. And, as the Rabbis teach us, it is equally important to know when to stay silent... Studying the verses in the Torah, and the subsequent discussions in the Talmud and Jewish law – lead to differing insights into this mitzvah which touches upon human relationships, the importance of social protest and action, and the right time for silence. It's also a great example of how Jewish learning can enrich our daily life in surprising ways.


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