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Philosophy and Spirituality [clear filter]
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

11:15am AEST

How to approach suffering from a Jewish philosophical perspective - CANCELLED
If anyone says to you "THIS is Judaism's perspective on X" you know they're wrong – Jewish philosophers disagree on just about everything. In this session we'll explore divergent approaches to the age-old question of "why do good people suffer?" We're not going to come out with "the" answer, but with an understanding of the options that exist within a diverse philosophical tradition, and a sense of which is most satisfying for us individually.

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 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST

11:15am AEST

How to find God in half an hour
An introduction to Jewish Meditation.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Noam Sendor

Rabbi Noam Sendor

Noam Sendor is an educator at Leibler Yavneh College and The Rabbi at Blake Street Hebrew Congregation. He is also the singer in the Alter Jazz Ensemble, a pioneering project with Adam Starr, which merges ancient Jewish melodies with Jazz and soul music. Most importantly, he is a... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST
H222

12:15pm AEST

How to think about Jewish thought
Aristotle, Maimonides, Hegel, Kook—if these names mean nothing to you now, after this session these four philosophers might be the people in history you most want to meet. Chaya will take a deep dive into Jewish philosophy by looking at examples of philosophers who were once considered radical and controversial by the religious Jewish 'mainstream'. If you are a philosophically-minded student, hoping to learn a little more about theism and the way Jewish thinking sits within the general philosophy of its time—this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Chaya Herszberg

Chaya Herszberg

Chaya Herszberg is a postgraduate law student at the University of Melbourne. Chaya holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Philosophy and Creative Writing. Chaya is active in the Australian Jewish community and loves thoughtful discussion and rigorous learning.


Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST
HB40

12:15pm AEST

How to tie your shoes - and other musings on Halacha
When talking about Judaism, the word 'Halacha' is thrown around a lot. But what actually is it? While simply translated as "Jewish law", there are various ways to think about Halacha and the role it plays in framing a Jewish life. So how should we relate to Halacha in our day to day lives?

Speakers
avatar for Bati Maron

Bati Maron

Bati is a Melbournian who attended Leibler Yavneh College and Midreshet Harova. She is engaged in the worlds of Genetics, Jewish education, and meme making. Bati is a bogeret of Bnei Akiva. Her favourite lockdown activity is sleeping, and that's not actually unique to lockdown.


Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST
H223

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