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Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM

Lunch

Monday 11:30 AM–1:00 PM Ballroom A

Enjoy your last meal at Limmud NY. See you next year!

A Talmudic Story – Yalta and the Glass of Wine

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Empire Lounge

Text & Thought

Joint study of the Talmudic tale about the struggle between men and women over the glass of wine blessed as part of 'Grace after Meals'.

Beyond “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue”

Sarah Mulhern

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Dutchess

How-To, Social Justice

Jewish perspectives on social justice are diverse and complex, yet they’re often boiled down to simplistic, over-quoted statements. This session includes a practical demonstration of On1Foot (www.on1foot.org), an online database of hundreds of Jewish social justice texts, and an exploration of how we can use this website and the texts it features to generate rich conversations about Judaism and social justice.

Breast Cancer and Jewish Genes

Judith Offman

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Orange

101, Identity & Responsibility

How and why does breast cancer develop, and what is the involvement of Jewish genes? A basic introduction to breast cancer development, the genetics of genes commonly mutated in Jewish women, and how this knowledge has led to the development of exciting new treatments.

Kabbalah and Imagery

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

DovBer Pinson

Canceled, sorry

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Life is a tension between the Word and the Image, between the right hemisphere of the brain and the left. In the West, we focus on the word, the analytical approach for self transformation. The Kabbalists teach that redemption begins with redeeming our imagination. Using creative Visualizations, awareness meditations and other ancient techniques to unlock the inner resources of our psyche and inspire a genuine transformation of self. With source text from Zohar, R. Elizer Ezkari, The Ramak, Reishis Chachmah Noam Elimelech and more.

Lilith and Female Sexuality in Sephardic Lore

Analyzing the Demonic and the Feminine in Judaism

Sharonah Fredrick

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Manhattan Theater

College/University Student Recommended, Global Culture & History, Text & Thought

This lecture will focus on concrete references to Lilith in Jewish mythology, citing not only the Bible and the Zohar, but less obvious references in Sephardic music and poetry, in order to clarify the relationship between the ideas of sin and magic, and their ambivalent connection to the feminine principle in medieval and early Renaissance Jewish tradition. Special attention will be paid to the non-Jewish elements inherent in the Lilith legend, such as Babylonian, Spanish and Muslim motifs.

Limmud Chavruta: All Time

EJ Cohen, Karen Radkowsky

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Ballroom C

Chavruta, Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore our relationship to time, asking such questions as: Is time preordained? What do we remember? Is time 'progress'? Is the Messiah late? Can we time travel? We will examine ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics, and more will be utilized. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

Lyrics of Life at Limmud and at Home

Questioning and Visioning Community

Sheridan Gayer

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Ulster

101, College/University Student Recommended, Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Social Justice

What moves you? What are your passionate about? Where does Judaism fit? Where are your "Jewish" priorities? This session will help you place Limmud NY in the context of your day to day life with text, thought, conversation, ideas and interactive exercises. Come as you are, ready to consider what community means to you.

Mythical Jews of Renaissance Peru

Untangling Fact from Jewish and Inquisition Myths

Sharonah Fredrick

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Bentley's

College/University Student Recommended, Global Culture & History

In the seventeenth century, a daring Portuguese Jewish explorer decided to challenge both the Spanish Conquest of the New World, on the one hand, and the Inquisition, on the other, in order to supposedly "discover" one of the Ten Lost tribes in the jungles of Peru and Ecuador. His mythical recounting-and outright invention-of the jungle Jews of the Amazon nonetheless had profound consequences for Jewish history, including eventual legalization of the Jewish presence in post-Cromwell England.

Seven Stories of Spirituality

Magical Thinking versus Interconnection

Lawrence Bush

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Columbia

Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

This session is based on the presenter's book, "Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist." He will tell seven stories that demonstrate the varieties of spiritual experience and suggest a definition of "spirituality" that might satisfy skeptics and the faithful alike. Participants will pair up to describe their own stories of spirituality and discuss the content of these stories.

Songwriters' Circle

Naomi Less, Chana Rothman

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Manhattan Theater

Arts & Performance, Interactive

Jewish Chick Rocker Naomi Less and Roots-Reggae performer Chana Rothman, host a Songwriting Circle. Participants will share their work to a nurturing circle of chesed (loving kindness). Chana and Naomi encourage songwriters to hear their work out loud, to share it with a caring human soundboard, and to learn from the reflective mirror the listeners provide. Take a risk in a safe environment. Please, bring your song (no matter how far along it is) and your own instrument if you use one. (This session is for any songwriters, whether novice or experienced.)

Talking with My Children about Death and Dying

18 Essential Jewish Teachings I've Shared

Arthur Kurzweil

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM The View

How-To, Text & Thought

Not wanting the subject of death to be a taboo, I made a deliberate effort as a father to speak about death and dying with my children, and to study Jewish texts and ideas about this profound and ultimate subject with them. My children are all in their 20s now and we have been talking about death since they were young. Join this session where we will look at some of the texts and discuss some ideas from Jewish tradition that can spiritually nourish a growing child and, in fact, all of us.

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