These and Those

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

Of Honey, Horns and Bamboo Roofs

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Miriam Lorie

This post was originally posted on miriammuses.com. Click here for the post. The past month in Jerusalem has been quite an experience. It has been the month of Tishrei, in which some of Judaism’s major festivals fall. Think a cross between the summer holidays (country-wide) and Christmas with all its traditions and cheer, throw in Continue Reading »

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Ori Bieder

On the morning of Rosh Hashanah, Rivka went into the bedroom to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready to go to the synagogue, to which he replied in a dull voice, ‘I’m not going.’ ‘Why not?’ Rivka demanded. ‘l’ll give you two good reasons Mother,’ he said. ‘One, they Continue Reading »

Ki Tavo: Of Mountains and (a) Men: The Beautiful Mirrors of Empowerment

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Mira Niculescu

In honor of fellow Pardes student Jonah potasznick for his bar mitzvah parasha. May he continue to be a men talking to other men, no matter where the mountains are! Ki tavo is one of the last parashiot of the last book of the chumash, Devarim. We are getting towards the end of the kernel Continue Reading »

The Nakedness of New: Opening up to true Encounter through Torah Learning

Posted on September 18, 2016 by Mira Niculescu

Last Monday was our first day of class at Pardes. I had just arrived from Paris the night before, and the landing hadn’t been easy. Within a few hours of a plane journey, I had transitioned from an intense network of love and relationships to an empty apartment in a new country where I knew Continue Reading »

Meaning for Sale

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Jamie Bornstein

In his writings, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describes God as the ineffable – that which can be experienced and perceived, but which cannot be adequately described. Rabbi Heschel calls our attention to something stunning and unique to the human condition. While we can only see a definable fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, and can only Continue Reading »

The Power of Introductions

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Jesse Nagelberg

As a recent college graduate, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what school orientations looked like. You walk into the room, look for someone you know, take a seat, and wait for the teacher to go over the program syllabus, rules, regulations, and expectations. Many times the teacher will tell you all Continue Reading »

When We Say Goodbye

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Abigail Emerson

My grandmother, Beatrice Gould Emerson, died the first time I left the United States alone. My trip was in part for her sake. I was traveling for a summer in Russia, the first of our family to return to that part of the world since our great-grandparents left. I had been there a week when my dad sent Continue Reading »

Learning Torah From My Kidney – by Donating it to My Dad

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Yael Krieger

This post was originally published in Forward.  In the Hebrew Bible, the word “kidneys” is mentioned over a dozen times to metaphorically describe one’s emotional and moral choices. With a literal translation, Psalms 138:13 reads: “It was you who created my kidneys; You fashioned me in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am Continue Reading »

Savor the Questions

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Tara Zafft

This blog was originally posted on the author’s personal blog, at https://tarazafft.com/blog/ I came to Israel with a long list of goals. I wanted to be in Eretz Israel, a land I felt a deep connection to. I wanted to understand the nation, the culture, the politics. I wanted to learn Hebrew, Torah, and Talmud. I Continue Reading »

Dayenu

Posted on August 14, 2016 by Pessy Baskin

This post was delivered at our farewell community lunch for the August 2016 summer students. As many of you already know, I came to Pardes to learn Torah in honor of the anniversary of my father’s passing. I want to thank all my chavrutot, who so graciously agreed to learn as an aliyah for his neshama. One Continue Reading »