Limmud NY Notes: Miscellaneous

I went to Limmud NY 2011 and wrote a lot of posts about it. Here’s a guide to them.

  • The Ashkenazification of my speech continues: At Limmud NY, I noticed for the first time that daven and shul have become the dominant words on my vocabulary for pray and synagogue. I also said davka a lot this weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before.
  • Blog sightings: There were a lot of Jewschoolers at Limmud NY this year. One of them was someone I’ve known for a couple of years in real life and didn’t know was the name behind his blogonym for that entire time, which was odd. Alex, my number one fan, was there, of course. I was about to introduce myself to William Friedman when he said, “So apparently I already made it onto your blog and onto Jewschool.” There were a lot of people who knew my name when they saw my name tag. And that’s fun.
  • Book news: It’s been a while since I mentioned anything about this forthcoming book on the ADL that I’m working on. That’s because there hasn’t been much news for a while. My publisher was at the conference so he and I got a change to sit down and talk about it. The contract is now on its way to me–or so he says. (Are you reading this, Larry!?
  • Networking: I printed out some Hire Me cards and spent most of Sunday tracking down people who I wanted to either hire me, give me free work that would get my name out there or who might know someone who could do either of those other two things. It turns out they had a typo on the front and another on the back. So, like a good editor, I circled them in red before handing them to each person. My apologies to those of you that got them before I realized there was a typo on the front too. The networking went over well. People either thought the cards were way cool or had useful networking help to give me or both. So it was a pretty win-win day of networking.
  • Nusach Hadar? I’ve now been to Hadar-style/led services at four Limmud NYs, and on two Yom Kippurs and two Shemini Atzerets. So let me be clear that I don’t have any experience with Hadar on a regular Shabbat. But, let me ask you this: Am I the only one who thinks something that might be termed Nusach Hadar is developing or may have already developed?
  • Kiddushin bishtar: BZ and ER led a session on Monday morning about how they got married. They used a novel legal approach (or rather, they adapted a Mishnaic approach that has fallen out of common use) called Kiddushin bishtar. You can read all about it here. However, in noting that the object worth at least a dinar that is exchanged in the most common method of Kiddushin does not have to be a permanent object, they said that they knew a couple who exchanged cherries and then ate them under the chuppah. Insert your own joke here.
  • Joe Rosenstein waxes liturgical.

    Joe Rosenstein: Joe was at Limmud NY, selling Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon. It was great to hang out with him a bit and I went to a couple of his sessions. I may post about his sessions later this week.

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9 Responses to Limmud NY Notes: Miscellaneous

  1. BZ January 19, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Am I the only one who thinks something that might be termed Nusach Hadar is developing or may have already developed?

    Do you mean nusach as in words or as in music?

    • David A.M. Wilensky January 19, 2011 at 1:01 am #

      I mean as in music.

      Although, now that you mention it, there may be some Hadar nusach (as in words) developing on holidays. The volume of supplementary material used on YK and the fact that it’s become standardized indicates to the me that it would be possible to create a machzor that would be accurately labeled Nusach Hadar.

      And on Simchat Torah, they even use a wholly new composition during the chatan Torah or whatever stuff.

      • BZ January 21, 2011 at 12:00 am #

        I mean as in music.

        On the high holidays, maybe (since there are melodies that are used there every year), but on ordinary Shabbatot, I don’t think so — like many newer independent minyanim/havurot, Hadar uses different melodies every week.

        • David A.M. Wilensky January 21, 2011 at 12:15 am #

          OK. Fair enough. Though a Nusach Hadar on RH/YK musically is debatable–but at least plausible–I think a Nusach Hadar on RH/YK liturgically is a real and present fact.

  2. BZ January 19, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    However, in noting that the object worth at least a dinar that is exchanged in the most common method of Kiddushin does not have to be a permanent object, they said that they knew a couple who exchanged cherries and then ate them under the chuppah.

    Note that the requirement of a dinar is Beit Shammai’s opinion; Beit Hillel’s opinion (followed today) is that it only has to be worth at least a perutah (which is much smaller than a dinar). Also, we don’t actually know the couple who used cherries; we just know other people who went to that wedding.

  3. Alex January 19, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    for some reason being constantly called “number 1 fan” makes me think of this guy, but with a kippah:
    http://frederatorblogs.com/channel_frederator/files/2008/04/syndrome.jpg

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