These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

Event to mark World Blood Donor Day 2011 at WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.
Photographs for Mayyim Hayim Web Site.
Wheelchair, longterm care, nurses, aging

D’ror and Disability (Behar Sinai)

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Jonah P.

Ever a hyper-literate people, even in grief and death, we customarily learn mishnayot in honor of a deceased parent on the anniversary of his or her death. To this end, I would like to share some mishna learning in honor of my biological father, who died 10 years ago today, a man who has had Continue Reading »

14-4-13. Yom Ha Zikaron at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. Photo: Peter Haskin

Reflections on my First Yom HaZikaron in Israel

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jacob Haas

Yom HaZikaron – what a sad day. I had expectations and anxieties around Yom HaZikaron and I was actually quite relieved that my main feeling from the day was simply sadness. I was anxious that I would feel anger. Anger about the nearly constant state of war Israel is in. Anger about glorifying war. About Continue Reading »


Har Herzl: From a Place of Rest Comes Awakening

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Shira Sacks

Following the Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony at a Jerusalem elementary school (affiliated with the national religious, or Dati Leumi, movement), I sat in a processing session at Pardes. I told my teacher how I had been feeling blank, seemingly without much emotion or intellection since Yom HaShoah the previous week, and how this was atypical for Continue Reading »

Portrait of a boy with the flag of Israel painted on his face.

I am Israel

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Debra Weiner

Last night I sat with hundreds of others for the Memorial Ceremony, organized by the young leaders of the Youth group EZRA. This year my 16 year old son, a group leader-Madrich- for 3rd grade boys-sat with them. Each year, following the siren, young members read the names of the youth group members from the Continue Reading »


[PCJE Dvar Torah] Together We Stand

Posted on April 22, 2015 by David Derin

This week we will be reading the double parsha of Ahrei Mot-Kedoshim. This week’s reading come on the heels of the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aharon.  When reading the parsha, my mind went immediately to these deaths.  I could not help but draw a comparison between these week’s parsha, which is Continue Reading »


Yom Ha’atzmaut and the Nakbar

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Michael Sager

67 years ago, May 15th 1948, David Ben Gurion declared the independent state of Israel. There were 600,000 Jews. There should have been more.  But 6 million were killed by the Nazis.  Many of these could have been saved.  But the British closed the gates, fearing Palestinian Arab violence if Jews were let into Palestine. Continue Reading »

Women pray on one side of a partition at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City in this February 11, 2013 file photo. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalising access to Judaism's Western Wall, officials said on April 10, 2013, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/Files (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)

The Other Side of the Mechitza

Posted on April 21, 2015 by David Curiel

Yesterday’s was a quiet early morning walk through the Old City. Shops weren’t yet open. The sun was peeking through the haze just enough to make the covered sections of walkway seem black. Hardly anyone was about, but there were two women just ahead of me, talking animatedly in Hebrew. When they got to the Continue Reading »


Yom Hashoah Reflections: An Open Book

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Maya Zinkow

Every Yom HaShoah, I am transported back to my eighth grade English class. Amidst a sea of plaid skirts, headbands, and decorated notebooks, I am the only Jew in my class. Open on each desk is a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank. I feel the familiar discomfort wash over me – from my Continue Reading »


Yom Hashoah Reflections

Posted on April 19, 2015 by Sarah Marx

We were in the middle of the street, ten or fifteen students huddled together on the median, when the siren began. People got out of their cars and stood, leaning on their bumpers, staring at the sky. All around us, on the sidewalks and in the shop windows, they froze in place. No one moved Continue Reading »


Tiyul Shorashim to Turkey

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Louise Szczerb

For most young and involved Jews growing up in Israel, Europe or North America a trip to Poland is a formative part of their Jewish journey. In Israel they call it a ‘Tiyul Shorashim’, a trip designed to help you discover your roots. Although many of my mother’s mother’s family were part of the 98% Continue Reading »


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