Limmud eFestival 2022 Limmud eFestival 2022

Pardes Track

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Why Didn't Mordechai Bow Down? Antisemitism and Political Intrigue in Ancient Persia

Together we will explore the different reasons given for Mordechai's refusal to bow to Haman and discuss how this might influence Jewish responses to anti-semitism today. 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Do I Believe in God is the Wrong Question: Moving from God to the Godly

Are you a Jewish atheist? Not sure what you beleive? Then this is the discussion for you! By confronting a number of profound and often overlooked biblical stories, we will learn that by shifting the question from "What do I believe about God ?" to "What have I experienced?" we can find new understandings of what it means to be connected to the Divine.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively

We live in a moment of unprecedented breakdown in civil discourse. Yet, our Jewish tradition upholds the principle that constructive disagreement for the sake of heaven (Mahloket L’Shem Shamayim), is not only imperative but a vital tool to generate discussion, critical thinking, personal growth, and the deepening of relationships. Through the study of Jewish texts and social psychology, we will distinguish between different types of disagreements and explore why good people may have diametrically opposing views on moral issues.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Secret of Teshuva

The stories we tell determine the relationships we have. How do we change our stories, and in so doing, change - and even improve - our relationships? Join us for an exploration of teshuva, or return, as a constant, vital, Jewish practice.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Can You Be a Prophet with no Prophecy?

This class tells the story of Miriam through a number of biblical moments and midrashim. We look at her incredible and perhaps anti-climactic life in search of her moment of prophecy. What we learn through Miriam is a deep truth we won’t want to live without.