Limmud

Thousands flock to biggest-ever Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2013

The annual Limmud winter conference, which opened at Warwick University on Sunday, is the most popular ever with more than 2,600 coming to the five-day event.

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A range of events at Limmud to make a song and dance about

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2013

While Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s talks will be historic as the first given by an Orthodox Chief Rabbi at the event, and other big Jewish names such as Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky will be speaking, there is no hierarchy at Limmud.

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Thinking aloud

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2013

A leading Jewish philanthropist asked me what the value of Limmud was: it could hardly compete with the sustained,in-depth study, say, of a university course.

Firstly, Limmud is a gateway for many people, opening areas of Jewish interest which they might never have thought of exploring before.

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Limmud Conference 2013

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

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Limmud 2013: Day One Photoblog

December 22, 2013

...And we're off! All our pictures so far from the biggest Jewish conference in the world.

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Kabbalah Centre barred from Limmud

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Limmud’s decision to cancel sessions by a Kabbalah Centre leader followed pressure from colleagues in Los Angeles and fears that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis might pull out of the conference, it is understood.

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Roll up, stay up, eat up: ready for Limmud 2013

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

It will involve 2,500 people from at least 20 countries, 1,000 separate events and over 30,000 kosher meals.

These are just some of the daunting numbers that Limmud organisers faced as they made final preparations for the gathering at Warwick University that starts on Friday.

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Was Limmud right to ditch Kabbalah Centre?

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2013

Limmud’s decision late in the day to drop a speaker from the London Kabbalah Centre, following outrage over his scheduled appearance at next week’s conference, has prompted debate over the limits of inclusion.

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Classic bedtime tales to keep children listening

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

When my son was a young boy, I wanted to read him some stories of Jewish interest besides the favoured pirate adventures. After all, Judaism has generally communicated its ideas and values through stories rather than systematic creed so where better than to start at bedtime?

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Making Horrible Histories into comedy gold

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2013

Dave Cohen has been in the comedy business for 30 years, writing for such shows as Spitting Image and Have I Got News for You. But lampooning politicians or celebrities is not his greatest claim to fame.

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