Limmud eFestival 2022 Limmud eFestival 2022

Current Events

Sunday, February 27, 2022

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Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted

In his new book, "Can We Talk About Israel?" New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch breaks down the hot-button issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are tearing up dinner tables, political parties, and college campuses. While social media and partisan fire-stoking continue to flatten the complexities, Sokatch provides an in-depth analysis praised by Publishers Weekly as an “accessible and balanced,” “fair-minded primer on one of the world’s most fiercely debated issues.” Join us for a conversation with New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch about his new book and how we can talk about Israel.

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Challenging Destruction - An Introduction to Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action

Launched in April 2020, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action is a national organization that is building a dynamic, multi-generational movement of American Jews courageously confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman of Boston, MA will lead an interactive text study, and introduce participants to Dayenu's work and how you can get involved.

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TikTok Daf Yomi

Join a conversation with the social media personality whose work documenting her daily study of Talmud has gone viral. With wit, sass and a healthy dose of humor, Miriam summarizes ancient rabbinic arguments, democratizing the study of Gemara and pushing boundaries of gender inclusion through her work.

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Advancement or Dissonance? A look at 25 years of Orthodox Feminism

In 1997, a group of women led by Blu Greenberg, gathered to imagine, plan and execute the first-ever International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy in New York City. With over 1000 people in attendance, this conference galvanized the community and lead to the creation of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA). Now entering its 25th year, what changes, developments, and growth opportunities emerged as a result of this historic gathering? This conversation will highlight the growth of the prolific educational opportunities of higher Jewish learning for Orthodox women, women’s deeper engagement in synagogue and ritual life, and the groundbreaking leadership roles for women in Orthodox communities that were developed over the last two decades. What have we learned? What are the opportunities? What were some of the challenges that had to be (and still have to be) overcome? And where do we go from here?

Monday, February 28, 2022

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For Love is as Fierce as Death: Modern Women’s Midrash as a Tool for Reading our Most Difficult Texts

The #metoo movement offered an unprecedented wave of written and oral testimony from women about their painful experiences of sexual assault and harassment. We cannot deny that our Torah also contains many similarly troubling and hurtful narratives. How should we approach these hard moments in our canon? Can midrash serve as a tool to engage with our harshest texts? In this class, we will study a modern midrash from the book Dirshuni that offers one approach to hearing, and maybe even healing from our most difficult texts. Together, we will ask how this approach may offer us guidance as we bear witness to so much pain in our world.

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RBG’s Brave And Brilliant Jewish Women
Nadine Epstein
Nadine Epstein
Moment Magazine, Editor-in-Chief

During the last year of her life, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein to discuss the Jewish women she found most inspiring. Epstein turned this into her new book RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone. This collection of biographies of brave and brilliant Jewish women was selected in collaboration with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and includes an introduction written by the Supreme Court justice herself. Nadine Epstein, Moment Editor & CEO, will discuss these inspirational historical role models and recount the life story of Justice Ginsburg and why these women were important to her. Please join us for a program celebrating RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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Land Use Regulation and Orthodox Jews

Land use regulation often interferes with the ability of observant Jews to create and expand communities. My talk would discuss the most recent relevant litigation, and the constitutional and statutory doctrines that (sometimes) can protect Jews against hostile local regulators.

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From Trauma to Growth: Is there a Path?

We’re living in harrowing times. We are experiencing both a collective and personal type of deep, lasting trauma during this period of turmoil, illness, and loss. Anyone who has experienced trauma knows that it’s not something we can just wish away, it is something that will live with us throughout our lives. We also know that we can and must learn to live with it and not let it destroy us. In this session, we’ll explore a Jewish response to trauma in the context of our moment and think about how that might propel us forward rather than hold us back.

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What Will We Hold On To?

Let’s imagine that one day we get out of all this crazy. The pandemic recedes, life is stable again, and we find our footing. Beyond social distance and sourdough, have we learned anything from this wild experience? If we have, what is it, and will it remain with us? What do we hope to forget about this time and what do we hope to remember? The question of remembering and then forgetting the lessons of greatest importance is one that the rabbis of the Talmud wrestled with. In this session we will look at some of the texts they wrote about remembering and forgetting Torah. (Let’s remember here that when they use the word Torah, it's not just ‘the book of the Torah’ but something more like ‘the deepest spiritual lessons of how to live.’) This session is brought to you by the team behind IYUN (iyun.us), a project which helps folks build community through the study of Torah. Come get a taste of IYUN with us!