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Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM

Faith, Technology, and Shabbat

"Is Google a Golem?" and Other Scary Stories

Dan Ain

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Ulster

Shabbat

As we begin the second decade of the 21st century, we will discuss the increasing role of technology in our lives and whether or not Shabbat can (or should) serve as a spiritual detente with our tricked-out society. What technological warnings do we find in our tradition? Is Shabbat still a "taste of the world to come"? Or, have our technological myths trumped our religious aspirations?

Friday Night Tisch!

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

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM The View

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).

Improv Comedy 101

Comedy for All Levels of Jews

Joel Chasnoff

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Columbia

Arts & Performance, How-To

Participants will learn the basics of improv comedy. We will play drama games in a safe environment. Open to all levels of experience.

Oh, Thank God!

How Jewish texts try to teach gratefulness

Joshua Cahan

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Hudson III

Chat N' Chew, Ritual & Prayer, Text & Thought

Birkat Hamazon, the Grace after Meals, presents a careful and nuanced notion of what it means to feel grateful and how to learn to express it. Together we will explore the hidden depths of a text often recited but rarely appreciated.

Two Hasidic Masters on Drinking and Sex as Spiritual Practices

Jonah Chanan Steinberg

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Dutchess

Text & Thought

Do sensuality and spirituality go together? Are intoxication and piety opposed to one another? We will encounter the response of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov to the first question, and the response of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira, Rebbe of Piasezcno (and later of the Warsaw Ghetto) to the second one. The differently spirited teachings of these Hasidic leaders will lead us to questions about the adaptation of Hasidic values to our own times as we aim to create passionate, safe and inclusive communities.

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