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Lewyn Addresses America

A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at https://www.planetizen.com/user/63 and http://www.cnu.org/blog/194

Last weekend I went to Limmud, a weekend devoted to all manner of Jewish activities (including but not limited to Torah study).  Rather than taking notes and turning my memories into a post , I decided to tweet and just paste all my tweets here.

 

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    morris says reform should become traditional-but they’ve been trying that for a generation haven’t they? But I have no answer

  2. in this generation reform grew because replenished by lapsed cons reform- not true in future

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    only 35 pct of ppl raised conservative married out-81 pct reform

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    Leon morris- hard to state ideals but welcome Jews who won’t meet them (my thought- not so hard for chabad)

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    morris-everyone knows they are autonomous so emphasize commitment

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    Leon morris- reform Jews used to err on insisting judaism just a religion, now must insist judaism a religion as well as people

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    29 pct of americans with one jewish parent don’t think they are jews

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    held-Rambams agenda- combating idolatry, heschel’s- combating indifference

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    held- why is rambam important? Fearlessness, belief in applying other disciplines to Torah, humility about divine will

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    heschel deity not so comforting-. Means we are all implicated

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    heschel- divine anger only way that atrocities matter

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    held- does heschel emotive deity make metaphysical sense?

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    held- “Zeus lives women but God loves widows”

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    held on heschel- tanach says God “feels”, seeks relationship

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    held- heschels book on prophets veiled criticism of rambam

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    heschel vs rambam- heschel wonders how rambams deity can be deity of tanach

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    held- 800 yrs later still no consensus on what rambam meant

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    held on rambam- why love deity? For creation

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    shai held on rambam- moses told us to remove eternal images of deity, we should remove internal images

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    rambam says to describe God as “merciful” – if you acted that way it would seem merciful (problem- how consistent with torah?)

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    shai held- rambam worried about thinking of God as “big person”- seems idolatrous to him

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    held- God “cosmic black box”, philosophy “learned ignorance” says rambam

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    shai held- rambam says reason for prayer is to help nonphilosophers connect

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    shai held- when rambam says “god not x” it means god beyond categories such as good-bad, smart-dumb

  25. “ontological xenophobia”- inability to worship something radically different

  26. Retweeted by

    It is official– celebrates its 10th bday tonite! May there be many more yrs of good learning ahead!

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    lopatin- innovations happen in haredi world too- some rabbis will revoke a get if divorcee not frum enough

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    lopatin- according to aruch hashulchan tiny bugs in vegetables nullified if widely considered disgusting

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    asher lopatin- brilliant theorist shouldn’t make day to day halachic rulings- different skills says netsiv

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    says she used to think everyone shaved head to be married

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    said growing up yeshivish her “identity was to be tznius”- felt women discouraged from having opinions

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    Eli reiter- in his yeshivish community women had ok secular education while he only read one secular book in high school

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    internet has affected haredi communities – easier to leave

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    ex-haredi panel-best thing about new lives more creativity

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    shavit- bibi to left of 1970s labor, in terms of allowing palestinian to take over territory

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    Ari shavit- Arabs don’t want 1967 boundaries they want all of israel

     
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    Ari shavit- Jews did some ethnic cleansing in 1948 but Arabs did more- where they took over not one jew left

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    Ari shavit- why aryeh deri went haredi – haredim were willing to educate sephardim while secularists neglected them

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    Ari shavit- when he wrote about inhumane prison conditions for Arabs defense minister wanted to talk to him about fixing it

     
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    many arguments about “competing intuitions”

  41. David ingber-best thing about judaism “our story”

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    pts out Jews not leaving judaism for other religions, mostly leaving it for secularism

  43. “why judaism” panel seems focused on Buddhism, as if tons of Jews were turning buddhist

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    shai held- experience more powerful than theological argument

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    shai held_ “confessional theology”- not trying to convince, just “here’s what world would look like if you did follow my path”

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    David ingber refers to “post traumatic God disorder’- anticlericalism based on idea of vengeful deity

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    “refuse to have an opinion” about other religions- hard enough to fully understand our own huge tradition

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    Feb 1

    great phrase by “bar mitzvah factory farm”- I’ve been there

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    why shorter hallel on rosh chodesh? Texts unclear but rosh chodesh related to atonement so maybe similar to skipping on yom kippur

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    why no hallel for rosh hash-yom Kippur? Talmud says “books of life and death. Open”

  53. Why only part Hallel for most of Pesach? Death of egyptians- moral ambiguity

 

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