Learning Together Through the Night – Limmud Launches Tikkun Leyl Shavuot E-Resource

May 28, 2014

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Limmud has just launched Learning – a resource for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot in time for the upcoming chag, when there is a tradition to stay up all night learning, known as a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. Compiled by the Limmud Chavruta team, it is Limmud’s first, downloadable Chavruta e-resource and an invitation to communities the world over to delve into Jewish texts with one or many partners on Shavuot, which begins Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014. . Shavuot is also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, hence the organic connection between Limmud, which means learning, and the holiday.


"Our international Chavruta team pulled together sources about learning which explore the relationship between teachers and students, God and scripture and the ultimate purpose of learning,” said Limmud Chavruta Co-Chair Robin Cooke, who recently made aliyah to Jerusalem armed with a degree in philosophy from Cambridge University.


The five-person Chavruta committee for the Tikkun Leyl Shavuot resource includes people living in Israel, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.


The audience, too, is international, with over 80 Limmud communities affiliated with the global learning movement, which was founded in the UK in 1980. Recent additions to the Limmud family who have had an event or are working towards one include communities in Mumbai, China, Peru, Vancouver, Miami, Barcelona, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Italy, Tel Aviv and Haifa.


The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers from a diverse range of Jewish, cultural and geographical backgrounds. Every year since 1996, the Project has produced a new source book of texts exploring some aspect of Jewish life, divided into four sections. The sources for each section are collected by a team of volunteers and then edited together by the project chair or co-chairs.


Since 2009, there have been contributing teams in Canada, Israel, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. The books, originally introduced for Limmud Conference in the UK, are now used at Limmud events throughout the year and around the world.


Read more about the resource and Limmud at eJewish Philanthropy.

Updated: Jun. 11, 2014