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Thursday, July 15
 

10:00am AEST

How to solve modern ethical dilemmas using ancient Jewish wisdom - CANCELLED
This session will examine different Jewish approaches to modern day ethical dilemmas. It will look at the true story of how calling out a sexist joke led to a viral tweet and then threats of violence. We will discuss how to strike the balance between calling out bad behaviour and ‘cancel culture’ on social media. We will also examine the ethical questions associated with programming self driving cars in the face of fatal collisions or accidents. Whose life should be spared?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan is a community educator and lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of social justice. She currently works at Legal Aid NSW where she uses Human Centred Design to innovate and improve legal services for disadvantaged people. She holds degrees in... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST

12:15pm AEST

How to discover Israel without leaving home
Israel has produced many great literary artists, whose works can provide a unique insight into the lives and perspectives of Israelis as they go from building a country, fighting wars and finding love. We will be exploring Israeli texts and learning how to use the texts to understand Israeli society.

Speakers
avatar for Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz is a Yavneh and Hineni graduate. He studies Occupational Therapy at Monash University and is a Jewish life educator at Leibler Yavneh College. He is currently the president of an all abilities theatre company 'Stars and the Moon.'


Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST
H220

2:00pm AEST

How to reconcile homosexuality and Modern Orthodoxy
Since Vayikra, it seems that Judaism has had it out for homosexuality, but does it really? Hear from Eitan as he discusses halachic and communal responses to the issue of homosexuality and shares his perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz is a Yavneh and Hineni graduate. He studies Occupational Therapy at Monash University and is a Jewish life educator at Leibler Yavneh College. He is currently the president of an all abilities theatre company 'Stars and the Moon.'


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H220

2:00pm AEST

How to think about our role in the world - CANCELLED
The Rabbis of the Talmud didn’t write philosophy, but midrash instead – what we might today call myth – an imaginative exercise in filling textual gaps. Together, we’ll explore one intriguing example: what happened during Moshe’s mysterious 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai? Why do the Rabbis imagine angels preventing the Israelites from receiving the Torah? And what does this say about their approach to the Divine-human relationship?

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Charak

Sarah Charak

Sarah is a law student, educator and coffee addict living in Bondi. She studied Tanach, Talmud and Jewish philosophy at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Nishmat in Jerusalem, and Drisha in New York. Sarah has worked in educational roles for Bnei Akiva, Limmud Oz, NSW ZYC and Or Chadash Synagogue... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST

2:00pm AEST

How to relate to Moshiach
This session will explore different ways to think about the idea of Moshiach and explore philosophical understandings of what the Messiah is.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shamir Caplan

Rabbi Shamir Caplan

Rabbi Shamir Caplan has been at Mount Scopus since 2004, where he has been involved in both formal and informal Jewish Studies. Rabbi Shamir has rabbinic, pastoral, and educational duties in the College, and also serves as the Rabbi of Beit Aharon Congregation, which meets at GBH... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H223

2:00pm AEST

How to understand prophecies of destruction
One of the greatest tragedies to befall our nation was the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, which we will be commemorating over the weekend. This text-based shiur will look at the prophet Jeremiah, and his role in trying to prevent the Temple's destruction, as well as at the biblical relationship between Am Yisrael and Hashem based on the covenant with Avraham.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Winthrope

Sarah Winthrope

Sarah Winthrope graduated from Yavneh in 2016. She studied in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is currently studying Medicine at Monash University, with an interest in bioethics.


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H226