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Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Sunday Lunch

Sunday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballrooms A, B

Sit with someone new! Lunch is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY.

Shalom Kids Yoga (SKY) Class for Children

Ages 4-8

Jory Stillman

Sunday 1:00 PM–1:40 PM Hudson III

Children & Families

Children will learn about the six days of creation and Shabbat through yoga/movement, Hebrew, song and creative visualization.

Balancing Personal and Communal Needs

Redeeming Hostage Soldiers as a Case Study

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM The View

Israel, Sacred Text & Thought

Redeeming captives has always been considered one of the highest of commandments. But negotiating with terrorists poses strategic danger. How does the Talmudic debate on the topic apply to the modern dilemmas of the State of Israel? How does the Talmud reflect on our everyday struggle to balance the pressing needs of the individual with the long term needs of the community as a whole?

Biblegum Pop

Biblical Themes and Characters in Pop Music

Stereo Sinai

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Columbia

Identity & Global Culture, Sacred Text & Thought

Explore how biblical characters and themes show up in pop music - everything from KISS to Hilary Duff - and how those interpretations color, and are colored by, the original texts. Challenge the boundaries between ancient and modern, authentic and synthetic, all from the musical perspective. Join Jewish rockers Miriam Brosseau and Alan Jay Sufrin of Stereo Sinai as we get up close and personal with our favorite biblical personalities and unearth the unexpected depth of pop culture.

Create a Cookbook

Recipe Swap

Sheridan Gayer

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Hudson I

Identity & Global Culture

Limmud is all about nourishing your soul … and body! Join other Limmud NYers in a recipe swap of what are bound to become your favorite recipes. Traditional to modern, from brunch treats to meaty eats, come with a recipe you treasure and return home from the conference with many more! The recipes will be compiled into an online Limmud NY cookbook. Learn tips and tricks for healthy food swaps, simple meal themes, easy ways to incorporate fruit and vegetables into your routine, and cost-effective tips for stocking an exciting pantry.

David and Goliath

Modern Israeli Poetry on the Bible

Ora Prouser

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Ballroom C

Israel, Modern Jewish Literature

The Bible is a central text of modern Israeli society. In this session we will read Israeli poetry with biblical themes in order to learn how it helps us to understand the Bible and offers a lens to a better understanding of Israeli society. Hebrew poetry will be provided with English translation.

Dealing with Loss

An Experiential Analysis of Mourning Traditions

Claudia Kreiman

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Empire Lounge

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

This session will focus on learning and understanding customs of avelut (mourning) and on different traditions of dealing with loss. The session will merge textual study and my own experience of mourning for my mother, who was killed in the bombing of the AMIA building (the center of the Jewish community) in Argentina in 1994.

The Forbidden Tree of Knowledge

Psychedelics & the Bible

Daniel Sieradski

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Manhattan Theater

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

Could the origins of human intelligence, spirituality and civilization lie within a mushroom? And could a halakhic framework for ritual consciousness exploration help stem the tide of drug abuse? Explore the "stoned ape" theory of human evolution and its implications for Jewish civilization and examine allusions to mind altering substances in the the Torah and hasidic literature that may just explain some of our tradition's greatest mysteries and provide a framework for sensible drug policy.

How I Married an Atheist

Confessions of a Rabbi in an Interesting Marriage

Leora Kaye

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Ulster

Identity & Global Culture

We are all intermarried. Meeting and falling in love with an avowed Jewish atheist as a rabbinical student was not easy. Marrying him and working out our lives together as a rabbi—more fun, but equally challenging. In this session, we will talk about the realities of working out compromises and when to dig your heels in. I will tell you how we did it and teach the Jewish ideas behind making it work. (This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.)

Law and Prophecy: A Persistent Jewish Tug-of-War

Gordon Tucker

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Bentley's

Sacred Text & Thought

Explore a particular type of tug-of-war which will seek to heighten awareness and stimulate thinking about the ways in which law and prophecy have served as different but intertwined paradigms throughout the history of Jewish theology and practice. Texts presented and discussed will range from Second Temple and Talmudic times through the Middle Ages, Hasidic literature and modern Jewish philosophy. Possible (and desirable) implications for our own time will be considered as well.

Moral Ambiguity in the Book of Genesis

The Story of Dinah and Shechem

Rachel Friedman

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Bentley's fireside

Sacred Text & Thought

Whereas a legal text makes judgments of right and wrong, the stories of the Book of Genesis are “morally ambiguous,” requiring the reader to explore and analyze many possible and often contradictory lessons. The episode of Dinah and Shechem is among those explored to highlight this complex aspect of biblical narrative.

NGOs and the New Antisemitism

Anne Herzberg

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Dutchess

Israel, Social Justice

Antisemitism, known as the "oldest hatred," has taken on new and virulent forms in the past ten years. This session will examine this trend and answer the following questions: What is the new antisemitism? What are its origins? Is criticism of Israel antisemitic? Which are the organizations involved in promoting this new form of bigotry, and who is funding it?

The Secret Language of Jewish Art

Marc Michael Epstein

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Orange

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

Jewish visual tradition is extensive and diverse. But “Jewish art” speaks a secret and often subversive language of its own although it appears to be deceptively similar to the art of the cultures in which it emerges. In this extensively and beautifully illustrated lecture, we will learn to “read” Jewish art in a very different way than that to which we may have been previously accustomed.

Walk on the Mild Side

Getting Outdoors Between Sessions

Sam Friedman

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Lobby bar

Spiritual Practice

Participants will go on led outdoor walks. Why walk at Limmud? Maimonides taught health promotion as the primary prerequisite for life, and hence, for doing all mitzvot (commandments). Clear enough? All that's needed is weather-appropriate clothing/footwear, and the will to walk. We'll tread on solid or snow-covered ground/pavement. One extra pair of snowshoes and a few pairs of "stable-icers" (easy-on crampons — rubber gaskets with little spikes for better traction that slip onto boots) can be lent if needed.

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