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Pardes on the Moon: Shmeir on the Elevator

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Elana Weiner

It was one of those days at Pardes on the moon. It was a lazy, unfocused kind of day and everyone in the Beit Midrash was bitulin Torah, even Shmeir Meiger. He just couldn’t focus—the thunder outside was deafening, every time he looked at his page of Gemara, a flash of lightning would distract him and he’d lose Continue Reading »

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Leap Year

Posted on April 12, 2016 by Becca Shrier

In the Gregorian calendar, a leap year occurs every four years, adding one day to the month of February. In the Jewish calendar, a leap year occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle, creating an “extra” month – Adar Aleph. Occasionally, both leap years sync up – which they did this year, 2016. This poses Continue Reading »

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A Woman of Valor: Rivka bas Zalman Shevach z”l

Posted on April 3, 2016 by Yisroel Shapiro

This Sunday, the 24th of Adar, is the yahrzeit of my Bubbie, Mrs. Ruth Morris Lieberman – Rivka bas Zalman Shevach. She was like a mother to me and served as a great role model for all of her grandchildren. Though it has been ten years since her passing, I still think of her often and her kindness, Continue Reading »

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Rivka Glick: Take 5

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Rivka Glick

Hi–I’m Rivka from Chicago. Because I’m leaving Pardes in two weeks, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my teachers, my fellow students, and the Pardes personnel, all who have been my teachers (Joanne taught me how to wrap my head). One of my friends in Chicago said, “education is relationship.” “Yeah,” I said. “A Continue Reading »

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Pardes Day of Learning–In Memory of Bob Benmosche z”l

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Rabbi Nehama Benmosche

When my father decided to leave retirement to go back to work for AIG, I wasn’t that surprised. He was spending his life between New York, Florida and Croatia, a twist on your typical snowbird life. My dad became a little bored with retired life. He enjoyed relaxing, going for a jog at 11:30 am, Continue Reading »

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The Loneliness of Not Knowing

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Celeste Aronoff

This blog has been cross-posted from the blogs on The Times of Israel. The hardest part about making aliyah so far (and I know it can get a lot harder) is that I’m used to being a really, really competent adult. And suddenly, I’m not. All the cultural competency I’ve amassed, all the nuances and subtleties Continue Reading »

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Parshat Vayakhel: Diversity and Inclusion

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Melinda Jones

Every Friday is a rush in my family. Everyone runs backwards and forwards getting ready for Shabbat. In order to have a peaceful and relaxing Shabbat, it seems we need to have lots of stress and much too much shouting. So nothing makes the point of having a day of rest better than that moment when we light candles Continue Reading »

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Germany 2016: Learning and Growing

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Erin Rose Wallach

During my first day of Midrash class this semester, I sat nervously after being presented with a source sheet written entirely in Hebrew. I had reservations about joining such a high level class that provided no sources translated into English, especially considering my perceived lack of knowledge and skills with the subject matter. Our teacher Continue Reading »

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Searching for God Between Science and Faith

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Dan Pelberg

Over the past 18 months I have been living a more religiously Jewish life. At the same time, I have constantly confronted the question of whether or not I am going in the direction of a life that I believe to be true, and that will ultimately make me happy. There has yet to be Continue Reading »

Reclaiming the Word “Religious”

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Becca Shrier

As a Pardes student, one of the first things that I learned about Jewish study (after havruta) was the term mahloket. The literal translation is “disagreement,” although this definition is often expanded to the concept of “argument for the sake of heaven.” Two Jewish schools of thought – Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai – famously Continue Reading »

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