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A rather odd thing is happening to me, as I think about my time at rabbinical school lengthens I am finding it harder and harder to remember when a particular event happened. The first year is relatively easy, if it happened in Israel then it happened in my first year. However, even then I am unsure if something happened in the first semester or the second one.
After that though I have hardly any idea if something happened in my second, third or now forth years.
I think this combines with the whole not being sure when I gained a particular skill. But all in all I am happy with my progress and with how the whole program is going. I am really enjoying working at Kingston Liberal Synagogue. This is where I am doing my 4th year placement.
I still have a lot of assessments to do. Although that said I have done quiet a bit already. I also still have some work to do for Limmud, despite the fact that it starts for me on Sunday. I am really starting to look forward to it.

4th Year

Oct. 13th, 2013 12:28 pm
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I am now really settling into my fourth year at Leo Baeck College, and it is a day of catching up, which includes posting over here on this particular blog. The fourth year really does feel very different from any of the three years that have proceed it. There is still a strong classroom feel to the program I am in school in classrooms three days a week, but there is nevertheless a feeling that we are being moved towards the practical rabbinate more and more. This is even reflected in the type of classes that we are doing. They have a much more practical feel along with the purely academic. So as well as classes on Bible, liturgy and the Midrash we also have classes on Mental Heath and Death and dying.
I am also enjoying my 4th year Internship which is taking place at Kingston Liberal Synagogue. my High Holy Day Placements this year were in Eastbourne Liberal Synagogue so I really feel that I am getting to know Liberal Judaism really very well. I am enjoying the practical elements a lot and can feel myself getting more and more used to it and more and more comfortable in my emerging role.
I have also settled into our new apartment which is much nearer the college which really makes a big difference in the mornings.

Looking forward, as well as my work with KLS I have a few other synagogue visits lined up mainly Lech Lecha visits but a few others as well. Then there is Limmud, where I am planning to present four linked sessions this year, which will be hard work in both terms of doing it and in terms of preparation.

Emily and I also find ourselves as the co-chairs of the student society which is both an important and worthwhile role but will also be an additional source of work. And as if we were not busy enough we are pushing ahead with our plans for 'Rabbinic Students for ProZion', so I can already tell that this year is going to be both very busy and hopefully very fulfilling.

About all that has happened outside of all that is that I celebrated my birthday. Lots of fun if a quite evening just hanging out with some friends at the local pub which we all like.

Limmud

Dec. 28th, 2012 02:05 pm
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I have just returned from Limmud which was amazing as always. I presented two sessions this year one on the Alienu, which I was pleased with and one on Judah and Tamar as Jewish Leaders that I was very pleased with.
It was also nice to meet with friends old and new from past Limmudim, and to have an opportunity to meet with so many new and interesting people. Then of course there were the sessions all the ones attended this year were good (although I was taking things a bit easy this going to limmud after a long semester at LBC), but three presenters stood out for me this year: Yeshua Engleman (great as always) Levi Lauer, and Ruth Arkush. Using the Limmud Chrevaruta booklet was also interesting especially having been involved with its production.

It was however, a bit different to be attending as a rabbinical student, I did feel a little on display at times.
Back in the flat now and am 'recovering' soon got to get on with essays and the like. But taking it very gently today.
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Breath!

I am at the midway point. Wow, I really am not at all sure how to feel about this. Part of me is happy to have reached this point. And another part is thinking about how much it has taken to reach this point in terms of physical and emanational resources, not to mention the hard work and money expended and a little part of me is thinking about how much it will take to get from the midway point to the end.

But mainly I am simply enjoying have crossed yet another significant milestone. On another note I am getting ready and getting excited for and about Limmud, although I don't go there until Sunday. I haven't gone to Limmud for the last two years (last year I was just to tired and to stressed) and of course the year before that I was in Israel. It will be really wonderful to see my 'limmud friends' once more. I still have to finish my Limmud sessions and I am also involved with the chevaruta-project. (I helped to produce one day of this years booklet.)

So just 925 days to go.
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Because its November its Shabbat Lech Lecha time. For these we go out across the country to various communities. Last week I was in Blackpool which is a Reform community and this weekend I was in Herefordshire at the HJC, which is a Liberal community.
In Blackpool I led the Friday Night service the one shabbat morning, read from the Torah and gave a sermon.
In Herefordshire it was just a shabbat morning service, reading most of the Torah portion and a sermon. But it proved a long and tiring journey and I really haven't caught up with my work so this week is going to be a bit rushed. Emily and I have our Jewish Care training day on Wednesday and there is the normal work for school as well as Limmud to get ready for.
So I am pretty busy.

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