Limmud news



Limmud - what the international Jewish media said

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2014

Here's the views of some guests from abroad at the Limmud conference published over the past few days:

"The weather was awful, and the food not much better- but everything else about this annual British-Jewish mega-event was fabulous” “Judy Maltz of Ha’aretz

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The Gateshead Rav on Limmud

By Simon Rocker, January 6, 2014

The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has returned to the question of Limmud, in an article in last week’s edition of the Orthodox weekly, the Jewish Tribune.

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We’ll be there again next year, say US rabbis

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2014

The United Synagogue rabbis who attended this year’s Lmmud have praised the conference and agreed that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was correct in his controversial decision to attend it.

Nine US rabbis joined the chief rabbi in participating in the five-day cross-communal event, at Warwick University, defying criticism from right-wing sections of the Orthodox community.

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Limmud: A festival of smiles for young and old

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

At a glance, it could have been any other jam-packed bar. But looking closer, you would have seen Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis clinking glasses in the corner, the head of the Masorti movement letting rip on the dance floor, and a rebbetzin rounding up revellers for a late-night rave.

Such were the eye-opening moments that made Limmud 2013 unforgettable.

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The chief rabbi and partnership minyans

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

It was hardly a shock when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis wrote to his rabbis last week to rule out partnership minyans – Orthodox services where women can read from the Torah and lead certain prayers.

Whereas his recent decisions to go to Limmud or approve the election of women as trustees of the United Synagogue were welcome, they were not unexpected and hardly radical.

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Families refreshed after their Limmud break

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

Limmud holds special memories for Ben Leon, till recently a Mitzvah Day trustee, and his wife Charlotte.

The London-based couple met at its winter conference 15 years ago.

This year they returned with children Raphael, 10, and Ariella, seven.

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European Jewry alive and kicking

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

There are some people in the Jewish world who have written off European Jewry as a lost cause. But not everyone regards us as basically only a pool for potential aliyah.

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Same-sex weddings 'impossible' in Orthodoxy

By Simon Rocker, December 26, 2013

One of the UK’s most open-minded Orthodox rabbis said that the same-sex marriage was “impossible” in Jewish law and that “sometimes you have to say no”.

Reading Synagogue’s Rabbi Zvi Solomons was addressing the subject at a panel debate on the subject on the final day of the Limmud conference.

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Anti-occupation group seeks higher UK profile

By Daniel Easterman, December 25, 2013

An organisation comprising former IDF soldiers opposed to Israeli occupation in the West Bank hopes to raise its profile in the UK.

Avner Gvaryahu, diaspora activities co-ordinator for Breaking the Silence, revealed its ambition for a stronger presence here after his appearance in a heated roundtable discussion on the Israeli settlements at the Limmud conference today.

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Mandela and me: journalist's insights into the anti-apartheid struggle

By Daniel Easterman, December 25, 2013

Benjamin Pogrund, the former deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail during the apartheid era, has heavily criticised the Jewish community for honouring Percy Yutar, the first Jewish Attorney General in South Africa and the man responsible for prosecuting Nelson Mandela.

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