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

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Pardes Summer 2015: The Tale Of A Brand Evangelist

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Melinda Jones

If I told you I was going to study in a Yeshiva or a Seminary – or even that I was going to study Talmud – you would immediately make assumptions about the learning environment. First, it would be divided upon strict gender lines. Then there would be a dress code – at least the women would be Continue Reading »


Parashat Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Daniella Adler

This Dvar Torah is dedicated to the Jews of Tarnogrod, Poland, and my family members: Chaja Malka bat Yakov Leib and Chana, Ita bat Majer Yitzchak and Chaja Malka and Marjem bat Majer Yitzchak and Chaja Malka, who were murdered 73 years ago on Monday, November 2nd, 1942 (כ”ב מרחשון תש”ב). May their memory be Continue Reading »

Businessmen and Clock

Parshat Va’Yera

Posted on October 30, 2015 by David Wallach

I hate Daylight Saving Time! I don’t like changing the clock. I don’t understand why we do it. I spend the next day confused and angry. Is it 1:00? Is it 2:00? It’s just unnecessarily confusing. I wish it never happened! “But David,” you might be saying to yourself, “this parsha doesn’t have anything to Continue Reading »


My Visit to an Arab Girls’ School in East Jerusalem

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Nathaniel Jhirad

This week, I had the opportunity to visit a Palestinian girls’ school in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood with a group of foreign visitors. We entered the school gates aware that there were cultural norms to be observed, such as modest dress and refraining from taking pictures within the school premises. As we walked towards the Continue Reading »


A Dvar Torah from the European Aids Conference

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Zvi Henderson

Pardesniks come from a variety of professional backgrounds; some from leadership roles in youth movements, some from the Jewish professional world, from finance, business and social work. My professional background is public health, and in particular sexual health and well-being. It’s as wide a field as you can imagine. Before making Aliyah from Scotland and Continue Reading »


This Week’s Parsha: Parshat Lech-Lecha

Posted on October 23, 2015 by David Derin

This Shabbat, we will be reading לך-לך פרשת (Parshat Lech-Lecha). In reading over the parsha, it did not take long at all for me to find something that I feel is incredibly applicable to all of our lives here at Pardes. The very first verse of this week’s reading speaks to the journey that each Continue Reading »


Parshat Noach: Building and Community

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Binyamin Cohen

This week’s parsha, Parshat Noach, is a parsha about building. It is flanked by the stories of the Flood and the Tower of Babel, two stories in which something substantial is built by human hands. However, the similarities end there. In one story, there is a boat that is built by a single man. It Continue Reading »


Start Somewhere: Parshat Bereishit 5776

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Hannah Joy

(Cross-posted from Hannah Elovitz’s blog Finding Joy in Jerusalem: Good Yuntiv. Just kidding. Good Shabbos. This time of year always feels like endless new beginnings to me. For those of us connected to the academic calendar in some way, it’s the start of a new school year. Perhaps for some of us the start Continue Reading »


And the Drums Beat

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Elisha Ancselovits

And the drums beat in the thickening heat as we contemplate knives and count down our lives   In the city of gold with traditions so old We eye with suspicion each other’s munition   And the Other is foreign as I am an alien Yes we share the same dream but not the same Continue Reading »


The Story of Pardes on the Moon

Posted on October 11, 2015 by Elana Weiner

There once was a school called Pardes. In fact, Pardes was a Yeshiva and it was located on the Moon. The students at Pardes were very learned, for they studied long hours in their Beit Midrash. Their Beit Midrash had all the books they could ever need to learn about Judaism. And they learned Torah Continue Reading »


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