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Identity & Global Culture [clear filter]
Sunday, February 15

1:30pm EST

Abomination: Jewish Legal Responses to LGBT Legitimacy
The past decade marked a massive shift in American and Jewish attitudes towards LGBT acceptance and legitimacy, often as test case for other issues of changing social norms. How does Jewish law reflect these changes and how does modernity meet, mirror and mould evolving Jewish law? Amichai Lau-Lavie shares his personal story and Miryam Kabakov joins him to examine three contemporary Jewish legal views on the definition of abomination. 


Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov is an Executive Director of Eshel and the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, May 2010), a collection of writings about the challenges and joys of LGBT Orthodox Jews. She attended the Ramaz Upper School... Read More →

Amichai Lau Lavie

Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding director of Storahtelling, Inc. and the spiritual leader of Lab/Shul. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performer, he is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Amichai was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Monday, February 16

10:00am EST

Pondering Yovel and 50 Years Since the Six Day War
The Jubilee/Yovel is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years). Yovel has some special laws: all slaves were set free and all sales of land were returned to the original owner or their heirs in the 50th year. June 2016 will mark the beginning of the 50th year since the Six Day War (June 1967). In this session we’ll explore the practice of yovel and in doing so create an authentic Jewish language to discuss the approaching 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.


Sally Gottesman

Sally Gottesman is at Limmud with her three children, her partner, and her parents... and feels very lucky! For 15 years she was a consultant to non-profit organizations following working for the Israel Women’s Network and New Israel Fund and receiving an MBA from Yale. Co-founder... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST

10:00am EST

A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter
Heschel once asked: What would Judaism have looked like on the Ganges? Jews know little of Hinduism except to ask about its monotheism. This talk will start to answer the question of looking at the two faiths differently after the encounter. Brill recently spent a Fulbright Sabbatical year in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. Explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, dietary restrictions, and purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study.


Alan Brill

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. Brill’s books include Judaism and Other Religions (2010) and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Last year, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Varanasi, India. He is currently... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST