Highlights of LimmudBoston's eFest 2022
Daniel Cainer in Concert
Taking the temperature of our democracy
There is no topic more timely and more consequential than the future of the American democracy. Its implications are significant and far-ranging, and by no means a foregone conclusion. Join us at LimmudFest 2022, featuring up-to-the-minute sessions such as White Supremacy and Antisemitism: Lesson from the Insurrection, offered by historian Jonathan Sarna and The Mitzvot of Protecting Democracy, offered by activist and community organizer Maria Isabel Rosario.
Presenters Cat Kaner, Sara Pincus and Ben Greenberg
Have you ever or anyone you know suffered from pain - mild, moderate or worse? Did you know that it has been medically proven that meditation helps tamp down pain considerably? Cat Kaner is one of many thousands of people who have benefited from this holistic approach to pain. Following an injury, meditation helped alleviate her searing pain. Cat will teach us a method of meditation aimed at reducing pain and to help heal both body and mind.
This is the year of shmita - also called the sabbatical year or Sabbath of the Land, it is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah. During shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity is forbidden by Jewis law. Shmita teaches that without parameters or restraint, this mission to work the land and produce in all aspects of our lives can be corrupted. Join Sara Pincus as she leads us in an exploration of shmita, the lessons we can learn from it and how shmita can inform our commitment to social justice.
We are in the midst of the second year of this pandemic. On of the many question that we continue to face as we live through the pandemic often separated from our dear friends, community and the activities that bring us together, is, in a pandemic world, does community still matter? If community is important, how can we sustain it when our norms are shifting, and the world feels more polarized than ever? Using Jewish concepts and beliefs, and exploring Jewish history, Ben Greenberg, Limmud North America's Director of Communities, will address these question and more.
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"This was absolutely fantastic. I'm so glad Limmud was able to go forward this year even under the circumstances."
"What a terrific way to start the day!"
"Thank you WONDERFUL Limmudniks! You are truly a special group."
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Today you can experience this from anywhere on Earth!"
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"The plethora of choices was amazing and the quality of the presentations was excellent. It was such an inspiring, entertaining, and enjoyable day.
Well done to all the presenters and volunteers for creating such a fabulous and successful online festival!"
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What people had to say about eFestival May 3, 2020
"Thanks, Naomi (Gurt Lind), for a beautiful session. I understand why this is your calling!"
"Thank you Marcia (Plumb)! Lovely session. Seder/order is a more complicated topic than meets the eye."
"Terrific, informative presentation, Julie (Wolkoff). Thank you!"
"I am a physician and have had experience taking care of patients at the end of life but, until today, I had no education about the Jewish viewpoint! This was helpful and gave me a lot to think about."
"Joining from London, UK - thanks for making this happen! So far today, I’ve been at Limmuds in China, UK, Bulgaria, Mallorca and now Boston - amazing!"
"Thank you for today LimmudBoston! Greetings from Ukraine"
"So good to be together! Thank you, everyone!"
LimmudBoston is proud to share
A Vaccine Prayer
by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
after all the loss,
the distance, the sadness, the aloneness,
Give me life.
Grant me back Your world. Please.
Give my children reason for hope. Please. Please.
Holy Healing One,
May the vaccine I'm about to receive be a sign that healing is arriving once again in our world, for all Your worried children.
May my body's temporary discomfort sensitize me to the needs of this fragile world that remain invisible to the eye.
May my body's pent-up tension, held back during an unfathomable year of constriction and stress, be channeled in a healthy way for those around me.
May the scientists and doctors and nurses who have served as your angels and saved our world be granted restoration of soul and healing of mind.
I pledge before You, Source of All, to do as much good as I can as long as my soul is within me.
May I be granted a life filled by the honor of serving You by serving others.
Thank You. Goodness.
Thank You. Healing.
Thank You. Life.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, featured performer and teacher at LimmudBoston’s November eFestival, is the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar-in-Residence at UJA-Federation New York.
Following recitation of “A Vaccine Prayer,” you are invited
to recite or sing the Shehecheyanu, as a way of marking
and ritualizing this significant moment in your life.
Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha’olam, Shehecheyanu,
v’kee-y’manu, v’higi-anu lazman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the world,
Who has given us life, sustained us, and brought us to this time.
LimmudFest is a happening, a volunteer-driven celebration of Jewish culture and identity. From storytelling, music and meditation to Torah and Talmud, LimmudBoston offers inspiration and education – engaging beginners and scholars alike.