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Archive: December 2012

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] MiKetz 5773: Yosef and Tzafnat Paneach

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi Michael Hattin discusses Parashat MiKetz. dfs Shabbat Shalom!

[Alumni Guest Post] Our Deepest Fear by Baruch HaLevi

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Baruch HaLevi (Year ’96) shares some Chanukah inspiration with us: Chanukah might be one of the lesser important Jewish holy days from a halachic (Jewish legal) perspective. However, it is perhaps the most important holiday when it comes to Jewish identity and purpose. It is a timeless and timely message and it comes down to Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] A Little Hanukah History

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

This Chanukah overview brought to you by Alum Ben Barer (Fellows ’12) Hanukah stands alone in the Jewish calendar in many ways.  It is the holiday with the least ritual elements to it, and it has never gotten the same treatment that other holidays (including, especially, Shabbat) have.  This probably has a lot to do with Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] לאן?

Posted on December 11, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Anne Hartheimer (Year ’12) wrote this poem in Hebrew. לאן? אן הרטהימר איפה הבית שלי? לא קל לענות אי אפשר לראות. מה השפה שלי? לא פשוט לדבר עם מילים שאינן במוחי מילים שבחרו אותי. אני הולכת בדרך מילה אחרי מילה הן קשות אבל עגולות וחזקות. מילים כמו אבנים יש להן ודאות. אני עוקבת אחריהן לגלות Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

It’s kinda funny for us to think of Megan Dyer (Spring ’12) as an alum because she’s coming back to Pardes in January… Nonetheless, here is another “alumni” guest post from Megan! We’re looking forward to her continued blogging when she returns home to Jerusalem! A couple of weeks ago, I posted in this very Continue Reading »

Parasha Puzzle: Parshat Miketz

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Jaclyn Rubin (part time Pardesnik) made Parsha puzzles for a full year’s worth of parshayot. Check out this one for Parshat Miketz:

ROCK SHABBAT #14

Posted on December 9, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] VaYeshev 5773: Joseph in the House of Potiphar

Posted on December 7, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rav Meir Schweiger discusses Parashat VaYeshev in Joseph in the House of Potiphar. Click here to download. Shabbat shalom!

Snapshots of my Pardes life

Posted on December 5, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Hebron Olive There is Torah in this trunk: Otiot of rain, sun, wind, bullets, tears. Clouds pass, stories unwind, sun drops. Light shines through holes in gray bark. Is truth as crooked as this limb, As steep as the hillside? In the hollow center, Old leaves make new soil. Is this a Torah of hope? Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Aryeh Ben David – What is Spiritual Education?

Posted on December 3, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Posted by Aryeh Ben David (Year ’80) On the Ayeka Blog: (These thoughts were influenced by Parker Palmer’s A Life Unidvided) Holding the space for souls to reveal. Soul evoking soul. If I had to summarize Judaism in a sentence it might be: souls evoking souls. Sympathetic vibrations of our souls. First – I pluck Continue Reading »

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