Religion & Beliefs

Limmud and the sea of languages

This morning's sessions: when the messiah's coming, and what it means to believe – fave quote: ''Why wasn't the Rambam just, like, I KNOW the messiah's coming?'' — and a veritable feast of the Danish gay poet Jacob Israel van … Read More

By / December 26, 2007

This morning's sessions: when the messiah's coming, and what it means to believe – fave quote: ''Why wasn't the Rambam just, like, I KNOW the messiah's coming?'' — and a veritable feast of the Danish gay poet Jacob Israel van Haas, whose brother became a hasid and sister became a nun. Issues always sound better in dutch. Seriously: it's like Italian seduced German and had a kid who never stops french kissing.

There are SO many different lanugages here. I'm getting lost in them and I love it.

And I stand by what I said, that there's nothing like this anywhere. At least, not that I've seen. Yes, I know we have lots of Jews stateside — I'm a yank myself, I live in Brooklyn and I'm representing NYC over here, whoo, but the feeling I get here is that of jews of nearly every different band coming together — can't wait for NY Limmud and the amazingness that will come with it, but Tamar, you've gotta get yourself over here. England is a very different place than New York – know, though, us New Yorkers think there's nothing else out there, certainly nothing better – but the very smallness of the UK is what makes it so fascinating that all these little demographics interact in a way that I've never seen in america…..that is, actually interacting. and without those petty labels like ''conservative'' or ''reform'' or ''breslov hasid who would never ordinarily go to the shiur of a conservative rabbi, but hell, we're at Limmud and boundaries are sooo last decade.''