These and Those

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

Turkey 2017: The Start of an Adventure

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Anya Morgulis

“Hey, want to go to Turkey?” my friend asked me one day at school. My response was something along the lines of, “I don’t NOT want to go to Turkey…” But, when I found out about this incredible opportunity to travel with Rabbi Levi Cooper to Istanbul and meet and learn from the Jewish community Continue Reading »

Matching a Couple is as Difficult as Splitting the Sea

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Jonah P.

We are taught: “Matching a couple is as difficult as splitting the sea.” And we are also taught: “At the moment of each person’s conception, a Heavenly Echo calls out and decrees their future partner.” Which is it? Two weeks after becoming engaged to Rebecca, as we enter our 4th year as a couple, I Continue Reading »

[Alumni/Staff Guest Post] My story of loss, hope and Tu B’Shevat

Posted on January 15, 2017 by admin

Karen Feuer (Year ’99-’00 and current Pardes staff member) shares her thought about Tu B’Shvat. Seven years ago I underwent induced labor with twins at only 21-weeks into my pregnancy. The pregnancy was no longer safe for me, and this forced, early labor (that sounds nicer than “abortion”) was the result. It was a gut-wrenching Continue Reading »

The G word. Defining God and other existential questions in a Parshanut class

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Mira Niculescu

So a few weeks ago, in my parshanut class, we had the God discussion. Anyone familiar with the Jewish world, and with the yeshiva world in particular, will know that while we spend our days reading and discussing what He does, how we relate to Him, what it means to be in His image, how Continue Reading »

‘Relics for the Present, Vol. II’ Is a Must-Read

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Jeremy Borovitz

This post was originally published in the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Click here for the article. When I first started seriously learning Talmud a few years ago, I was still somewhat intimidated by the multi-tome text, which spelled out many of the roots of Jewish observance. In a language I hadn’t encountered since high Continue Reading »

Vayishlach: Take Two

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Seth Korelitz

Although we sometimes forget it, the Torah is not just a great religious text, it’s also a great literary text. For instance, the Torah often uses doubling — particularly of words or events — as a narrative technique. We’ll see probably the clearest example of this in the coming weeks, in the story of Joseph. Continue Reading »

Vayetze: Recognizing the Needs of Others

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Elana Rothenberg

As part of a diverse community at Pardes, and an even greater multifaceted community within Israel at large, I am constantly intrigued at the different ways others, whom I might otherwise consider so similar to myself, view and interact with the world. At Pardes, coming together as one community each day to learn and exist Continue Reading »

Partnership Minyanim, Banning and Front Pages…Moving Forwards

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Miriam Lorie

This blog was originally posted at the author’s blog, miriammuses.com. Since publishing the blog below, the situation I described has developed, I hope and believe for the best. While what I wrote below remains an accurate description of the past few months, and a true reflection of my thoughts on it, it feels right to add Continue Reading »

The Cubs Win! Baruch HaShem?

Posted on November 20, 2016 by Jamie Bornstein

This blog was originally posted on Times of Israel. I’m staring intently at one of the 40 flat screen TV’s in a standing-room only sports bar in Skokie, IL, and I stand out like a sore thumb. In the mob surrounding me, every soul, patron and server, is laden with Cubs gear. I, on the other Continue Reading »

Parshat Vayera D’var Poem

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Adam Josephs

Gen. 18:16 The men set out from there and looked down toward Sodom, Avraham walking with them to see them off. וַיָקמו מִשָם הָאֲנָשִים, וַיַשְקפו עַל-פְנֵי סְדם; וְאַבְרהָם–הֹלְֵ עִמָם, לְשַלְחָם. and Gen. 21:14 Early next morning Avraham took some bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He placed them over her Continue Reading »