These and Those

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

Turkey 2018: Day 2 — Jewish Unity

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Benji Elson

Today, we met with members of the Chief Rabbinate of Turkey. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the chief Rabbi himself, the Haham, as planned due to his being ill (he should have a speedy recovery!). But we did get to meet with four important rabbis of the Turkish community. Each of them Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 1 — A Day of Introduction

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Gavi Bernat-Kunin Kornsgold

After arriving in Istanbul, our first stop was a synagogue. This seemed so fitting as we had left Israel, a center of Jewish life and Judaism to be in the center of another Jewish community. This synagogue was located on the Asian side of turkey and was over 100 year old. As we entered, we Continue Reading »

Turkey 2018: Day 1: Boarding

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Joshua Hooper

The countdown is almost over as we are about to board our plane to turkey. B”h, everyone made it to the airport with plenty of time to relax, daven, and of course grab any last items from duty free. The feeling of excitement is in the air… See you in Turkey!

Turkey 2018: Day 1 — On Our Way

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Daniel Dolph Reichenbach

5AM, coffee in hands and bags packed as we make our way out the door. On the bus to the airport, everyone is excited, sleepy, and maybe a little nervous. Watching the sun rise slowly over the judean hills as we wind our way down road 1 towards ben gurion airport, there is a sense Continue Reading »

Turkey: Countdown to Departure

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Maxim Delchev

Countdown to departure to Turkey: 15 hours. I am starting to complain about not really being ready or packed. And everyone is asking me the same questions: Are you packed? Are you excited? Are you ready? And I am giving the same answers: No. Yes. I don’t know. Countdown to departure: 12 hours: Still not Continue Reading »

Bidding a Fond Farewell to Pardes

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Louise Szczerb

The following is the Dvar Torah read out by Louise Szczerb on her leaving lunch. Louise worked at Pardes for 9 years as the Communications Director. Having sat through closing lunches twice a year for nine years, plus one as a student in the summer program of 2006, you would think I would have known Continue Reading »

Learning from Angels

Posted on January 28, 2018 by Simon Montagu

Dvar Torah in memory of Gwen Montagu I’d like to thank Pardes for giving me the opportunity to give a Dvar Torah in memory of my mother Gwen Montagu, נעמי בת שרה, whose Yahrtzeit is this Thursday, the 9th of Shevat. As my second semester studying here begins, I want to share some of my Continue Reading »

Poland Day 2: Conflicting Thoughts

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Barry Rosekind

Our second day brought out a lot of conflicting thoughts and tensions. There were parts of me that was hesitant to come to Poland. I thought why should I come visit a place where so many Jews were killed and we weren’t loved by a lot of our neighbors. We visited a shtetl named Tikocyn, Continue Reading »

Poland Trip Day 1: 900 Years of Vibrant Jewish Life

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Danielle Plung

Yiddish writer Israel Joshua Singer (older brother of noble laurate Isaac Bashevis Singer), entitled his 1946 memoir—published posthumously after his death in 1944 and detailing his life in Poland before emigrating to America—Of a World that is No More. Obviously, this title evokes melancholy, and draws attention to the tremendous loss that took place during Continue Reading »

Learning to love my sons’ radical disobedience

Posted on December 24, 2017 by Rabbi Aryeh Ben David

This article was originally published in The Times of Israel. Click here for the link. We, religious Jews, are caught in a searing conundrum. On the one hand, we want to raise strong independent kids who make their own decisions; on the other hand, we are crushed when their choices are different from the ones Continue Reading »