Kibbutz Kfar Blum.
(photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM )
The Lo Bashamayim (Not in Heaven) Festival opens today at Kibbutz Kfar Blum in
the Upper Galilee for three days of experiential Jewish and Israeli study
accompanied by musical performances and excursions.
At the heart of this
year’s event, the 12th so far, is the imminent completion of Rabbi Adin
Steinsaltz’s monumental translation and commentary on the Babylonian Talmud
after 45 years of work.
Steinsaltz will give the summarizing lesson on
the second chapter of the Ta’anit tractate on Wednesday afternoon.
of the other topics to be addressed by the 70 participating rabbis,
and artists are the Hassidic movement, the great Yemenite poet Rabbi
Shabazi, and the Jewish sources for songwriter Naomi Shemer’s work.
Yehoshua will explain the infrastructure of anti-Semitism, Education
Gideon Sa’ar will conduct a dialogue with Prof.
Moshe Kaveh on
identity, and many others will grapple with questions pertaining to
Israeli and a Jew.
Music lovers will have the opportunity to hear
Fisher with the Ra’anana Symphonet Orchestra in nearby Kiryat Shmona,
Keinan will be hosting Eran Zur for a joint performance.Information and
tickets are available at the festival’s Web site: