These and Those

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

Dove Near the Western Wall Adapted
epa03619944 An Israeli Jewish woman carries a Torah scroll (C) during a prayer session near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, 12 March 2013. The prayers, attended by hundreds of women, marked the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nisan.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Ze’ev Jabotinsky & Women of the Wall

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Kelly Kossar

The original article was posted in the Reformingjew blog that is written by Kelly Kossar. Kesher Hadash has ruined me for life. I can’t sit through a class, field trip or speaker without over analyzing the way in which material is being presented to me. Am I being told the whole story? What bias does Continue Reading »


And You Shall Be A Blessing

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Rachel Opatowsky

There is something about Pardes, genuinely… inspiring. Not only are the teachers animating and knowledgeable, but the material is rich and ever-evolving. We are delving into the text of our ancestors and the books of our people. I became artistically stimulated during one of the sessions of Family Relationships in Genesis with Howard Markose when Continue Reading »

summer pic

Beautiful Jerusalem

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Yuliya Mazur

Jerusalem is a place I dream about, a place I begin to yearn for as soon as I am back home (?) from it. I had planned my study at Pardes long ago, thanks to Yaffa Epstein; and that’s when I wrote this little verse: Seeing you in my dreams Craving your warm embrace Hoping Continue Reading »


Volunteering – The Pinnacle of our Studies

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Eliezah Blumenhoff

While at Pardes, the fellows and Rav Meesh continually stressed how volunteering was the pinnacle of our studies; that by volunteering and giving back to our community, we were practicing the Torah we were engaging in all week long. This idea stuck with me as I created and executed my volunteering projects over the course Continue Reading »


Parshat Shelach – Don’t Miss the Signs!

Posted on June 11, 2015 by David Wallach

לעילוי נשמת יהושע מנחם בן משה ז״ל. In memory of Menachem Wallach z”l.  Imagine, for a moment. You’ve been travelling from Egypt, through the desert, eyes always looking toward Cana’an, the Promised Land. You’ve seen the Sea of Reeds split before your eyes, you’ve seen Manna fall from the sky to sustain you. And now, finally, Continue Reading »


Permission to be Yourself

Posted on June 4, 2015 by Dorielle Parker

The year is 1994. It’s a warm September morning in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and sounds of the DJ on the radio and a mother’s smooch on my forehead escort me into my first day of school. The kindergarten classroom is inviting, and my teachers seem nice enough. As I am brought to a wooden cubby Continue Reading »

Event to mark World Blood Donor Day 2011 at WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

Magen Dovid Adom Employees Aren’t Vampires

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Alana Bandos

Magen Dovid Adom Employees Aren’t Vampires                                  or How I got over my fear of donating blood Current pop culture is obsessed with vampire lore. True Blood, Twilight, and the Vampire Diaries are proof of this trend. For some reason, we are attracted to the idea of human-like monsters killing other humans because of the Continue Reading »

Photographs for Mayyim Hayim Web Site.

[Alumni Post] Let’s Talk About Orthodox Conversion

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Rebekah Thornhill

“This post first appeared on JOFA’s The Torch blog.” I completed my Orthodox conversion with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) in 2011. My process was an incredibly positive and meaningful experience. I learned the laws of kashrut, Shabbat, prayer, blessings, and how to live an observant lifestyle, formed lasting relationships that continue to benefit me Continue Reading »

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 »


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