Limmud

Teach your children to make aliyah, MK urges

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2013

An Israeli MK called for higher aliyah from Western countries at the Limmud conference today.

American-born Rabbi Dov Lipman, who entered the Knesset earlier this year as a member of Yair Lapid’s new Yesh Atid party, said: “I am not a person who says that every single person should drop everything and move… But I do believe we should be raising our children to move to Israel.”

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Video: Sharansky gives Jewish Agency award to Michael Sherbourne

By Daniel Easterman, December 24, 2013
In one of the conference’s most moving moments so far, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency awarded 96 year old Michael Sherbourne with a special plaque for his activism on behalf of Soviet Jews during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Why walk when you can waltz?

By Charlotte Oliver, December 24, 2013

In the last two days, I have seen things I will never un-see.

I have witnessed a raucous group of Israelis “get down” at a silent disco rave…in the middle of the conference foyer.

Imagine the scene: a cluster of headphone-wearing jitterbugsters waving their arms and legs in muted hysteria, while those sitting and chatting around them barely blinked an eye.

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Video Update: Sharansky pays moving tribute to UK man who aided refusniks

By Daniel Easterman, December 24, 2013

In one of the conference's most moving moments so far, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, awarded 96-year-old Michael Sherbourne with a special plaque for his activism on behalf of Soviet Jews during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Dating in the faith: still a struggle

By Charlotte Oliver, December 24, 2013

Would you rather be alone than marry someone who is not Jewish?

This was one of the divisive questions posed to a 50-strong audience during Limmud’s “Jewish dating” session on Tuesday.

Journalist Dina Rickman opened the debate by describing her own struggles between pleasing her desires and those of the community around her.

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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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