Limmud



The Chief's Limmud triumph

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2013

When Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis announced his decision to go to Limmud, he might have expected the odd murmur of disapproval to his right.

But he must have been taken aback by the stridency of the resulting Charedi attack on Limmud, a clear attempt to dissuade his rabbinate from accompanying him there.

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Why I was blindfolded

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2013

According to rabbinic lore, the giving of the Ten Commandments was almost fatal. The voice of God who uttered the first two was so powerful that it killed the Israelites and they had to be resurrected (after which, understandably, Moses took over).

So imagine my apprehension when I attended a session which sought to recreate the receiving of the Ten Commandments.

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Limmud is for us all

December 24, 2013

It is almost impossible to overstate the successof Limmud. In terms of sheer practicalities, it is an enormous undertaking: over 1000 events across 5 days in front of 2,500 people eating 30,000 meals.

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Orthodox women rabbis? Never say never

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2013

One of Israel’s most respected yeshivah heads said he did not know if women would be able to become Orthodox rabbis one day.

When asked about the possibility at a Limmud session, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow did not rule it out and responded, “I must admit I don’t know.”

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Ex-Charedi women on how they left the fold

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2013

Judy Kaye and Emily Grunwald are like any other 30-something, modern Jewish women. They wear what they want, dress how they want and mostly do as they please.

But this freedom of self-expression is still a novelty for them both as, only three years ago, they were raising families in strictly observant Charedi communities – and were unable to connect to the outside world.

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Video highlights from the Chief Rabbi's speech

By Daniel Easterman, December 23, 2013

The Chief Rabbi said: "As Jews we must be committed to every single human being created in the image of God."

He went on to say: "We have to have universalistic ideals, that we are here as a people to be or lagoyim, a light unto the nations and not to simply exist in a self-imposed ghetto away from the other peoples of the world.”

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Ego stands in way of great leadership, Chief tells Limmud

By Daniel Easterman, December 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has spoken of his delight at experiencing “wonderful sense of togetherness and a deep thirst for knowledge” at the Limmud 2013 conference.

When he arrived to speak, the packed lecture hall greeted Rabbi Mirvis with rapturous applause, and his speech also prompted a standing ovation.

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Feminists can still like chick flicks at Limmud

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2013

It is not exactly a secret that women get a bad rap on film and in print – in fact, I would say any trace of equality blew away for good the first time Honor Blackman purred: “Mr Bond, my name is Pussy Galore”.

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JC Exclusive: Chief Rabbi Mirvis greeted by Limmud Executive Director Shelley Marsh

By Daniel Easterman, December 23, 2013

JC Exclusive: Chief Rabbi Mirvis is greeted at Limmud entrance by Conference Executive Director Shelley Marsh.

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JC Exclusive: Chief Rabbi Mirvis arrives at Limmud 2013

By Daniel Easterman, December 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi makes his historic first visit to Limmud.

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