2010 Conference
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Shabbat at Limmud NY


Mimi Feigelson

Mimi Feigelson is an Israeli Orthodox Rabbi (MA from Hebrew University). She’s the Mashpi'ah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) and Lecturer of Rabbinic Literature and Chassidut at the American Jewish University, in L.A. She was the Associate Director of Yakar, Jerusalem and Director of its Women’s Beit Midrash. Mimi weaves elements of mind, heart and soul through rigorous text analysis, music and contemplation.

On The Cusp of Life—From Scared to Sacred I

"I'm Sorry, the Number You Have Reached is Temporarily Disconnected"

Text & Thought

What does “Night Life” at a cemetery really look like? Why do cemeteries have many names: Beit K'varot (house of graves), Beit Moed L'chol Chai (the destiny of all life), Beit Olamim (a home where the two worlds meet)? How does this change the way you stand at a funeral or maybe facilitate one? The Talmudic sages and an anonymous telephone operator will open doors so often left locked. These sessions, while thematically related, are not a series. You may to attend any or all as you are inclined.

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).

On The Cusp of Life—From Scared to Sacred II

"Excuse Me, Are You Talking to Me?"

Text & Thought

What do weddings and funerals have in common? Rabbinic choreography—the Talmud, Maimonides and the Shulchan Aruch (the code of law)—lead this dance. When you find yourself at a funeral, are you there to escort the dead on their last journey, or are you there to escort the mourners on their new journey? How are our parting words perceived? These sessions, while thematically related, are not a series. You may to attend any or all as you are inclined.

Melaveh Malka with Reb Levi Yitzchak Of Berditchev

Life and Legend

Arts & Performance, Ritual & Prayer

Join Reb Levi Yitzchak, the 18th century Chassidic master, the “Advocate of Israel,” as he is briefly hosted by a 21st-century female modern-Chassidic rav. Reb Levi Yitzchak will share with you moments in his personal and public life. How did he see himself and how was he seen by others? What was the nature of the relationship that he established with his students and how is Rabbi Akiva (2nd century) responsible for this? Join Reb Levi Yitzchak as he tells his story and answers some of the questions you’ve been waiting a lifetime to ask him!

On The Cusp of Life—From Scared to Sacred III

L'chayim! A Celebration of Life

Ritual & Prayer, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

Imagine walking away with “party favors” from a funeral! With gratitude, I always carry with me the ones that I was given a year ago. The Chernobler Rebbe and Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev will assist us in looking at this possibility. The Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Amma (an Indian spiritual leader known as the hugging saint), and Anna will lead us to their last moments. These sessions, while thematically related, are not a series. You may to attend any or all as you are inclined.

Jewish Law

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

Mimi Feigelson, Sara Hurwitz, Leon Morris, Ethan Tucker

The past 150 years have seen many struggles over Jewish law, its interpretation, and its application. In a globalized world of diminishing local community, Jews have more choice than ever before as to who their rabbinic authority should be and whether they choose one at all. This dynamic invites us to explore anew what role halakhah (Jewish law) should play in Jewish discourse, and how, if at all, halakhic authorities can and should shape Jewish life. Is halakhah a system of authority and obedience? Is it a language that can be used by pluralistic communities? Would Judaism today be better off without a discussion of halakhah at all? Come explore these questions and your own in a thought-provoking exchange with panelists who represent creative approaches to thinking about the application of Jewish law in our day.


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