LimmudFest 2021 LimmudFest 2021

Torah & Text

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Accessibility & Dignity: The Amazing Legacies of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum
London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), Dean

Why are these two men so important for the Jewish people today? Without one the Talmud would be a closed book for most modern Jews, and without the other, the deep meaning of Jewish tradition and the potential of the Jewish people would be diminished. In this session, their lives, ideas, and achievements will be summarised and peppered with personal stories. Laugh, learn, cry and hope…

This session is sponsored by the Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families.

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Making Waves: NOLA's New Mikveh & You
Rabbi Lexi Erdheim
Rabbi Lexi Erdheim
Gates of Prayer Synagogue, Assistant Rabbi
Rabbi Josh Pernick
Rabbi Josh Pernick
Beth Israel NOLA
Jessica Rosenberg
Jessica Rosenberg
Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, Director
Rabbi Bob Loewy
Rabbi Bob Loewy
Gates of Prayer Synagogue, Rabbi Emeritus

New Orleans is building a community mikveh! But what is a mikveh for anyway? Join Rabbis Josh Pernick and Lexi Erdheim along with Jessica Rosenberg of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network to learn about the history and development of the mikveh from the Torah through today. We will explore contemporary re-imaginings of the mikveh and consider how you might use our community mikveh. Rabbi Bob Loewy will share updates about the progress of the mikveh and answer questions. 

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From Flour to Torah: Interpretive Challah Shaping
Vanessa Harper
Vanessa Harper
@lechlechallah

Create edible Torah with your own hands! In this session, the creator of Instagram's @lechlechallah will teach techniques for transforming challah dough into your own interpretation of text and tradition, while exploring themes from this week's parasha (Torah reading) and some of the history and significance of challah. No artistic skill or mastery of challah dough is required. If you would like to practice the shaping techniques along with Vanessa, have a batch of challah dough that has completed its first rise ready, or have some playdoh close at hand.

Access Session Materials here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MCixJNEq3oXw8FLPlmffxyIuZhtXGBxU/view?usp=sharing

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The Jazz Amidah
Rabbi Deborah Silver
Rabbi Deborah Silver
Shir Chadash, Spiritual Leader
Meryl Zimmerman
Meryl Zimmerman
Shir Chadash, Education Director

We say the Amidah every day - but did you know that once upon a time it was jazz? Back in the day, it was up to the leader to improvise the prayer around a set of themes. Join Rabbi Deborah Silver and jazz musician and teacher Meryl Zimmerman to produce a Shabbat Jazz Amidah of our own!

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The Torah's Hidden Poetry
Dr. Jason Gaines
Dr. Jason Gaines
Tulane University, Professor of Jewish Studies

Many of Judaism’s sacred texts are written in the peculiar language of Hebrew poetry. This session will introduce the genre of biblical poetry, explaining its mechanics and showcasing its unique beauty. Prof. Gaines will also present research from his recent book, “The Poetic Priestly Source,” where he uncovers a previously unrecognized poetic layer in the Torah, a 2,500-year-old “hidden poem” that spans from Genesis through Deuteronomy.