2010 Conference
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Shabbat at Limmud NY


Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM


Friday 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Ballroom A

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Freedom to Love: The Song of Songs in Biblical, Rabbinic, Mystical, and Modern Perspectives I

Session 1: The Song of Songs in its Biblical Context

Jonah Chanan Steinberg

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Columbia

Text & Thought

We consider the Song of Songs next to other biblical texts, establishing that the Song of Songs knowingly challenges the religious and cultural norms of its own time of origin. We look at the book in and of itself, as sensual and daring love poetry, and we also see that the transformation of such poetry into religious allegory begins within the Bible itself in the prophetic tradition. Take this one session or the whole series.

From the Marx Brothers to the Coen Brothers

Jews in American Cinema

Isaac Zablocki

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Dutchess


From Woody Allen to Stanley Kubrik, Jews have a major impact on the American film industry. Explore some of the top Jewish filmmakers in American history and discuss why Jews play such a dominant role in Hollywood.

Hallel: The Message of Psalms 113–118

Preparation for Shabbat Services at Limmud

Joseph Rosenstein

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Hudson III

Ritual & Prayer, Spirituality & Mindfulness

Hallel is recited on festivals and Rosh Chodesh (beginning of each month), and reflects the joy we experience on festive occasions. In preparation for Rosh Chodesh Shevat this Shabbat, we will study Hallel (Psalms 113-118) and focus on its major themes. The translation and commentaries in the presenter's Siddur Eit Ratzon (www.newsiddur.org) will be used, but you are also encouraged to bring your own translation.

How to Get Organized for Purim, Passover, and Shavuot

Strategizing for a Relaxing Jewish Spring

Marla Alt

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Orange

How-To, Interactive

Want to enjoy the Jewish spring holidays by preparing in advance to be organized for them? Come get an overview of what you need to do to get organized for Purim, Passover, and Shavuot according to your traditions and customs from Limmud NY's resident, professional organizer. Come with your most dreaded challenges in mind, and together we will find systems and solutions that will simplify your life.

Wandering Jews Finding a Home—Aliyah Tales

Marc Rosenberg

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Ulster


Aside from intense ideological and spiritual discussions about making Aliyah, there are a lot of funny everyday things that happen in Israel. If you want a slice of Israel that CNN and Fox don't present, come hear the perspective of a Jerusalem Anglo who will also share the top ten things you need to know about adjusting to living in the only thriving democracy in the Middle East.


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