The Univ. of Warwick, England: Limmud

I’ve just returned from an exhilarating week at a festival of learning called Limmud, held at the University of Warwick in Warwickshire, England. It was my third trip to Limmud, and I was delighted to return after a hiatus of six years.

I landed in London’s Heathrow airport on Friday, just after the snowstorm fiasco there. A bus (“coach,” to the locals) took me two hours northwest to the university, where I enjoyed a week of teaching and of learning, of catching up with old friends and colleagues and of meeting new ones.

In addition to addressing history and prayer, I gave lectures on the material in two of my books (And God Said and In the Beginning) and participated in a late-night Q&A panel.

I’m thrilled that my father, Rabbi Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman, joined me, and certainly the highlight of the week was spending time with him. I also especially enjoyed the time between sessions, which were marked by delightful conversation and probing questions.

I played hooky twice, once to visit Warwick Castle and then to see Coventry Cathedral.

The castle — really a castle and a palace — dates to 1066, when a motte-and-bailey mound was built there by William the Conqueror, and it has been home to the Earl of Warwick since not long after. It’s full of history, as, for example, the Queen Anne Bedroom. In 1704, Queen Anne planned to visit the castle so she sent her bed in advance of her stay. She canceled the trip, but her bed remains.

The cathedral dates to the medieval Parish Church Cathedral of St. Michael. That building was largely destroyed by the Germans in 1940, the current indoor space having been built adjacent to the old site. It’s a magnificent space.

Between not enough touring and not nearly enough time with the wonderful crowd at Limmud, I was very sorry to leave.

At least Delta upgraded me to Business Class on the way home (thanks, Delta!), so I almost didn’t mind returning to a car buried under snow in New York.

Continuing the Discussion at midnight.  Limmud 2010, Warwick University Rabbi Larry Hoffman teaching at Limmud 2010
Midnight discussion at Limmud Rabbi Larry Hoffman teaching at Limmud
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England Cleaning Coventry Cathedral
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England Cleaning Coventry Cathedral


  1. Andrew Gilbert
    Posted December 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Glad to have you… and glad you enjoyed Warwick Castle… come back soon… and do visit the other 50 or so Limmuds…

    • Posted January 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Andrew. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to attend some of the other Limmuds (though Limmud UK will be a pretty hard act to top!).

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