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[Alumni Guest Post] A Lesson from Ruth and Orpah

Posted on May 19, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

X-posted from Eryn’s blog post: Eryn London (Summer ’06 & ’07, Community Education ’10, Year ’10-’11, Hourly ’11-’12) made Aliya from New Jersey three years ago. She is currently studying in the Manhiga Hilchatit Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, which is a 5 year advanced Halacha learning program. Beyond learning she also runs activities at a Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Ready!

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Sarah Margles (Year ’02, PEP ’04) reflects upon preparing for Shavuot… what does “readiness” mean? I remember when I first started at Pardes, I would spend much of Fridays getting ready for Shabbat – shopping, cooking, cleaning. When the siren went to light candles, my roommate would inevitably yell out, while running from the bathroom Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Yom Yerushalayim / Haifa as Israelis

Posted on May 11, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

New Alumni Blog Post! Stef Jadd Susnow (Year Program ’06-’07, PEP ’07-’09) Writes about her inspiration to make Aliyah This time of year in Israel, you can’t really go a week without a holiday. This week we celebrated Yom Yerushalayim – the day that celebrates the unification of Jerusalem after the 1967 war. One year Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] To my amazing friends

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Shira Abramowitz (Fall 2012) sent us this postcard from Cape Town, South Africa! To my amazing friends over in Talpiyot, Chag Sameach! (Although I understand it may not still be Pesach once this reaches you!) Just want to send some love & gratitude to your incredible community – I think about you all so much Continue Reading »

Starry Night Havdallah Set – glass tray, kiddush cup, candle holder and spice container

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Avigayle Adler

In the Gemara, Shabbat is defined by the work that surrounds it and goes into preparing for it. We light the Sabbath candles to mark the beginning of Shabbat and light the Havdallah candle to mark its conclusion. Shabbat, therefore is book-ended, suspended in time between these two rituals of light. Interestingly enough, lighting a Continue Reading »

Tu BiShvat: Seven Species of Israel – glass bottle

Posted on May 6, 2013 by Avigayle Adler

Grapes, Pomegranates, Olives, Dates, Figs, Wheat and Barley have a special significance to the Land of Israel and are given special mention and priority on Tubishevat, the Jewish New Year for trees. Indeed they have priority when blessing food as well. I have always been enchanted with

[Alumni Guest Post] A Holy Stranger with Open Arms

Posted on May 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Alissa Thomas (Spring ’11) blogs about relating to Jewish Converts, inspired by her own father: There is nothing like seeing my father dressed head to toe in all white. His soul hearkens to the time of the Kabbalistic rabbis who, draped in white clothing, would sing Kabbalat Shabbat in the fields. I imagine my father in his Shabbat white Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Living In and Through Tragedy

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From Ben Barer’s (Fellows 2011-12) blog: This post also appeared on State of Formation. It has been a tough week to be in Boston.  It is almost as hard to add anything to all that has been written about the tragedy, confusion, and sadness that the week brought, to Boston and to the world as it Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] How is Kaddish related to mourning?

Posted on April 23, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Chanan Kessler (Year 1985-86) shares the following reflection with us in his mother’s memory. Chanan is a NYC school teacher, and lives in The Bronx. During the year that I recited the Kaddish after the death of my beloved mother, Hinda Yael bat Yosef v’Chaya, may her memory always be with us, I asked myself Continue Reading »

‘These Are Moments’ Poem

Posted on April 21, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

These Are Moments Written by Andrew Lustig (Year ’11-’12) these are moments. of clarity and insight. of sitting and talking and laughing and learning. dancing in circles. not afraid. moments that are made by songs and psalms and stories of what we are and deciding what we can be. these are moments. rarely where you Continue Reading »

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