Limmud

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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African’s Limmud let-down

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

The head of a new Jewish community in the African republic of Cameroon who was due to speak at the Limmud conference this month is unable to come because his visa application was turned down.

Serge Etele, the spiritual head of Beth Yeshourun, had been scheduled to present several sessions.

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Limmud pulls Kabbalah Centre sessions

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

Limmud has withdrawn sessions led by the leader of London’s controversial Kabbalah Centre from its programme, after rabbis voiced disquiet over his involvement.

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‘Limmud has opened the door to cults’ say rabbis

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

Leading rabbis have expressed astonishment that the leader of the London branch of the controversial Kabbalah Centre has been invited to speak at Limmud.

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Who's on at Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

The Limmud conference, which starts in just over a week, includes a large cast of Torah teachers, educators and religious scholars from abroad.

Here are just a few of the guests:

Rabbi David Wolpe:
named as America’s most influential rabbi by Newsweek in 2012, the Conservative leader is author of book such as Why Faith Matters.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow:

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The holy hippy who got Arabs and Jews dancing

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, December 11, 2013

One of the most intriguing rabbinic characters of modern times was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; the charismatic outreach pioneer, storyteller, musician and hippy. His colourful career is the subject of a new biography by Natan Ophir.

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Revealed: the Chief Rabbi’s Limmud plan

By Simon Rocker, December 5, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will make more than a token visit to the Limmud education conference, according to a draft schedule seen by the JC.

He will present two sessions on successive days at the cross-communal event, which starts in a fortnight at Warwick University.

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Limmud and the heretics

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 29, 2013

I am (in case you hadn’t noticed) a congenital pessimist, albeit with a refined sense of humour. Optimists believe that things will always turn out for the best. Often they don’t, which is why optimists are prone to sadness. We pessimists believe that things will usually go wrong. Often they don’t, which is why pessimists are basically happy people.

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Limmud: to go or not to go, the argument continues

By Simon Rocker, November 25, 2013

Whatever else it has done, Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s decision to attend next month’s Limmud conference has reawakened the debate over Orthodox-Progressive relations and pluralism.

Here is one of the more thoughtful contributions from an Orthodox non-Limmud goer, Daniel Greenberg.

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Limmud row deepens after ‘aberration’ slur

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2013

An outspoken attack on Limmud by one of the candidates for chief rabbi this week reignited the furore over Orthodox participation in next month’s cross-communal conference.

Rabbi Alan Kimche, in an article sent to congregants at his Ner Israel Synagogue, claimed that Limmud “celebrates a rejection of all that is precious to Orthodox Judaism”.

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