These and Those

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

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Turkey 2016: Shabbat in Istanbul

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Elana Rothenberg

“A man walks into a bar. Ouch.” Silence. Then suddenly, five Turkish twenty-year-olds begin laughing hysterically at this classic joke. When was the last time someone actually laughed at this joke, I wonder? I marvel and give the joke teller, a fellow Pardes student, a look of amused awe. The twenty-year-olds, leaders of a Jewish Continue Reading »

Loving the Stranger: Particularism vs. Universalism

Posted on January 7, 2016 by Johanna Press

In my Pardes Social Justice class, we recently discussed the complicated status of non-Jews in our community. Texts throughout Jewish history – from Tanakh through modern responsa – present conflicting views regarding non-Jews; in one place, we are instructed to love the stranger and in another, the destruction of idolatrous non-Jews is enthusiastically called for. Continue Reading »

The Old Lady and the Cave

Posted on December 27, 2015 by Cathy Schechter

There was once a man who was successful in all things. He had a fine wife, a loving family, and a craft for which he was justly famous. But still he was not happy. “I want to know Truth,” he said to his wife. “Then you should seek her,” she replied. So the man put Continue Reading »

Parshat Vayechi

Posted on December 25, 2015 by Tamar Benus

During this time of year, I always start to crave Chinese food, I have a list of holiday movies that I watch annually, and I start to reflect on my past year. I also strategically color coordinate my Chanukah candles, sing every single Chanukah song for the whole month and begin think about my Purim Continue Reading »

Parshat Vayetzei

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Tamar Benus

The first thing I look up before I decide to travel anywhere is to check to see if: 1)there are kosher restaurants where I want to go 2) if there is a Chabad House Luckily, I have always found what I was looking for. In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Vayetzei, Yaakov is the one traveling, Continue Reading »

Tea With Sage

Posted on November 14, 2015 by Yaakov Feinberg

After my first month of the Pardes Year-Program, I was on a first-name basis with most of the teachers. Even if I didn’t attend a particular teacher’s shiur, I had either been invited to their house for Rosh Hashanah dinner, or spoken with them during a tiyul, or sat with them at community lunch, so 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 »

Early Morning Reflections at the Kotel

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Dan Pelberg

3:00 am Walking through Jerusalem’s Old City at this hour makes me marvel at how the place can get so loud and crazy during the day. The winding, dimly lit streets are empty enough to make me feel like a lone rat in a maze, trying to find any way I can to reach my Continue Reading »

[PCJE] Parshat Yitro: The Model of Nationhood

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Daniella Adler

In this week’s parsha, פרשת יתרו, God tells Moshe ואתם תהיו–לי ממלכת כהנים וגוי קדוש, “and you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). What does this statement mean?

A Letter to Men (Women are Invited to Read Too!)

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Geo Poor

Dear Men, Staring through the eyes of 50% of the Y-chromosome-holders in the Egalitarian Minyan, I wonder a question that I have never before thought but have heard from the other gender: “Where are all the guys?” Why is it that while the Mechizta Minyan has some 12 men and 2 women, the Egalitarian Minyan Continue Reading »

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