Night of Jewish Learning 2017

Limmud Session Titles and Descriptions

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Teacher  Limmud Session Title and Description
Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein                                                                                                                                 

What About Chicken?: Eggplant Parmesan is delicious. Veal Parm is definitely out. But what about Chicken Parmesan? When did that become a no-no? Come and study the path our people took to not eating poultry and dairy in the same mouthful.  

Rabbi Barry Chesler A Backward Glance o’er Travel’d Roads: So Whitman entitled his retrospective near the end of his career. How we see the past as Jews and Americans can deeply affect how we see the present and the future. Is the past the “good old days”; the pristine Eden unsullied by human sin; or, perhaps, something that we have gladly escaped? We will examine some biblical and rabbinic texts and an Israeli poem to see how we might make sense of our own past and inform our future.
Rabbi Martin Cohen

The Victors Write the Books: Re-visiting Israel (No, Not That Israel): After Solomon's reign, the Israelite kingdom split into a northern kingdom called Israel and a southern kingdom called Judah. The co-existed for centuries, but all the historical books in the Bible are the work of southern authors and our sense of what the northern kingdom was like naturally reflects the biases and prior beliefs of those authors. But what was life like in the Kingdom of Israel? What alternate approaches to Jewish history lie hidden in the tale not told, the one chronicled in the Annals of the Kings of Israel, a work cited no less than eighteen times in the Bible but now long-lost and mostly forgotten?  

Rabbi Ira Ebbin "What happens when we die?" 
You're going to find out sooner or later. You might as well be prepared. 
Rabbi Joel Levenson Mench up: Jewish masculinity in modern times. Using Torah as a guide, we will examine how Jewish men are redefining masculinity, and consider what messages we are giving our boys about what it means to be a man today.
Rabbi Cara Rosenthal And You Shall Be a Blessing: Raising Compassionate Children in Troubling Times Raising children (and grandchildren) is challenging in the best of times – how much more so in a year of increased global violence, racial and ethnic conflict, and political upheaval. Join Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal to explore how Jewish text and tradition can guide parents and grandparents seeking to raise children who are just and kind and who are prepared to be upstanders rather than bystanders.
Moot Beit Din /  
 Rav Yosi Cirlin                         
21st Century Car Crash:

A woman is riding in her self driving car while listening to a podcast. In the blink of an eye, the car swerves out of the way of a jaywalking pedestrian and crashes into another car. The driver of the second car is badly injured and must spend several months in the hospital. Our goal is to comb classic Jewish sources to determine:

1. Which types of halakhic damages are at play in this case—how would you categorize the selfdriving
car in halakha?
2. Who is liable to pay for the second drivers damages, medical expenses, and lost wages? The owner of the self driving car? The car company? The insurance company? No one?
3. Should the Beit Din instruct the company to change the programming used in his self-driving cars
because of the ethical and halakhic concerns? If so, how?


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