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Hey, if you want to register for Limmud NY (and trust me on this, you do) you’d best be pointing and clicking your way over to their registration page by December 28th before the price goes up $50. And if … Read More

By / December 20, 2007

Hey, if you want to register for Limmud NY (and trust me on this, you do) you’d best be pointing and clicking your way over to their registration page by December 28th before the price goes up $50. And if you’re thinking that Limmud is not so much your thing, and you’d rather just chill with some friends that weekend, allow me to give you a couple of reasons to change your mind. Rabbi Niles Goldstein will be there, he of the “gonzo” Judaism, and The New Shul in the Village. He’s leading a session on “reclaim[ing] our rebel, counter-cultural roots, and revitalizing our spiritual lives in the process.” And he’s also doing an Ask the Rabbi session that’s billed as “No Holds Barred.” Now’s your chance to ask how the hell we got from ‘Don’t Boil A Kid In It’s Mother’s Milk’ to two separate sets of dishes. Aaron Freeman will be there, he of the “All Things Considered” commentaries, and the Israeli/Palestinian Comedy Tour. He’s doing a bunch of comedy themed sessions, and sitting on a panel with a few other Jewish comedians. I’ve been lucky enough to see him perform a few times and he’s awesome in a way that’s completely unexpected. Heather Altman will be there, teaching a bunch of awesome Jewish infused yoga classes. If davening bores you, check out the yoga, yo. Both Amy and I swear by it. Noam Dolgin will be there, he of the Green Zionist Alliance that promotes envrionmental sustainability in Israel, and formerly of the Teva Learning Center. Gregg Drinkwater will be there, he of the Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, an organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Jewish world. He also edited "Torah Queeries", inspired by the online Torah commentary project he co-launched in 2006. Also, I met Gregg last year and he’s really cool and lives in Colorado, which made me happy because it was exciting to meet someone else who wasn’t from the East Coast. And there will be tons of other cool people, too! And I’ll be there! With a bottle of whiskey! And purple hair! And you can tell me in person why you think I’m wrong, so wrong about everything I’ve written on the blog. Or, you can tell me I’m awesome. But I won’t really believe you if you say that. Anyway, register now!