Room-contingent at the
Conference Hotel Maritim
until March, 31 2008

Invited Presenters among other:

Chava Pinhas-Cohen, is a poet. Lecturer in literature and art and mother of 4 daughters.
She works as editor of "Dimui", a magazine for Jewish literature and culture. She has published six collections of poetries, which have earned a numerous prizes:
"The Prime Minister's Prize", "The Kugel Prize", "The ACUM Prize" for the best
poetry book of the year and ? The Alterman Prize?. In April 2007 she initiated and directed "Kisufim" - The first International Jerusalem Conference of Jewish poets and writers.
This conference will continue as a Bienale conference with an own publication house.
Hava participated in various festivals in Israel and abroad. Her poetries have been translated into English, French, Serbo-Croatian, Chinese, Spanish and German.

Kiryat Moriah, 3 Ha?askan Street, 93780 Jerusalem, Israel, Phone : 00972-2-621-6586, Email:


Workshop 3 hour

"The Other" in the Jewish Myth
How the Jewish Midrash interprets problems and how it is resolved by it.
How it effects actual social and political life.
Studying in small groups, the Jewish tradition, the so called ? Havruta? . It is the study of the Bible among friends.
What is "Havruta"?
The interpersonal learning is called Havruta. It encourages cooperative learning in pairs and small groups.
Havruta, comes from the word "Haver", which in Hebrew means friend. A famous rabbinic text states: " Hence, say the sages, a person should acquire a "Haver" for everything: for reading Scripture with him, studying Mishnah* with him, eating with him, drinking with him, and disclosing all his secrets to him ( Sifre Deuteronomy#305)
Studying in one of the ways we build friendship and fellowship in Jewish tradition. The tradition of group text study fosters the exchange of ideas, insights, and knowledge as well informal sharing and trust building.
How do we study a Jewish Text?
to determine what we learn from the text. Even those texts which reflects an historical reality different from our own, will have something to teach us about our lives.
to transport yourself to the time which produced these words, in order to understand its original context, in order to try to reconstruct the life of the Jewish people who produced this text, to look at the text existentially. What meaning does it has? How might it apply to your life? Does it contain wisdom that illuminates or insight that clarifies? Does the text move you or trouble you?
Does the text lead to or influence action? Would you change your behaviour or
priorities because of the text?
What is a Midrash?
The word Midrash is based on the Hebrew word meaning "interpretation" or "exegesis".
Midrash has 3 main usages:
The Midrash term can refer to a particular reading and interpreting a biblical verse.
The Midrash term can refer to completion of Midrashic teachings.
The Midrash term can refer to a particular verse and its interpretation.
Is the first written record of the oral law of the Jewish people as championed by the Phariees s debated between 70-200CE by the group of rabbinic sages known as the Tannaim


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