These and Those

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

Tag Archives: family

My Greatest Mentor, Age Seven

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Sydni Adler

I start every personal statement with some variation on the same story: One afternoon in high school, I came home to find my two-year-old brother running around the house, screaming the Shema. Earlier that day, Jacob had learned the prayer in preschool, and now he was yelling it, laughing it, dancing it, while running circles Continue Reading »

[Staff Guest Post] Recipe for a good time:

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Arlene Harel

by Arlene Harel (Year ’85), staff member since ’03 Take 5 Pardes faculty, add in 6 staff members, mix with 4 spouses, sprinkle in 11 kids, stir well and dump them all near the Dead Sea at Nachal Og. What do you get?? The First Annual Pardes Faculty/ Staff Hannukah Hike. Why should students have Continue Reading »

[Staff Guest Post] The Magic of Chanuka

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Debra Weiner

by Debra Weiner, staff member since 1998 Pardes is more than a place to work, Pardes is family. Staff and faculty are connected outside of the office and Beit Midrash. This year I had the special zechut (privilege) to spend the last night of Chanukah with Arlene Harel. Arlene lives in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, Continue Reading »

Modah Ani | I’m Alive!

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ. Grateful I am before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. These are the first words that leave our lips in the morning – while still laying in bed. Continue Reading »

Creating Together

Posted on November 17, 2013 by Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Today is the fourth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning and this year’s theme is “Creating Together: Jewish Approaches to Creativity and Collaboration.” Two very broad and important things in my life, and as I sit here attempting to consolidate them with my experiences at Pardes this year, their coalescence becomes so obvious to me. When Pardes’s weekly Continue Reading »

Shtetl Nostalgia

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Jeremy Borovitz

I’ve been suffering for some years now from a self prescribed disease known as “Shtetl Nostalgia.” Perhaps unique to 4th generation Ashkenazi Jewish Americans of the Galician frontier, it mainly consists of an intense longing for a time and a place that I never knew and that wasn’t nearly anything like I imagine. Yet I’m Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Girl Fight

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Elana Shilling

I don’t really know what happens when two men fight, having never been a man and thus never had a man fight. But alas! After painstaking research via observation of the male species, surveying video clips on the popular site YouTube, and absorbing pop culture, I have managed to create what I believe to be Continue Reading »

The Day my Little Brother Moved to Israel

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

(From my blog): The Day my Little Brother Moved to Israel …was last Tuesday.  Since then, I have been asked a certain two questions more times than I can count: How do your parents feel about all three of you being in Israel? (it’s true – the Theological Threesome of Eli, Naomi and Uri Bilmes Continue Reading »

shabbos medicine

Posted on September 28, 2013 by Eva Neuhaus

i am convinced that judaism contains within it all of the spiritual technology we need to heal the wounds we have experienced in the history of our people. i notice the survival patterning in my body–my inability to stop running and striving and lurching forward for fear that i will die–how hard it is for Continue Reading »

[Jerusalem Medley] Odalia

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Candace Mittel

About Jerusalem Medley Odalia I am from Beit Shemesh.  Twenty minutes away from Jerusalem.  You are invited to come and see.  She is very nice city.  The people there… very, very… heart persons.  Lovely.  I come to Jerusalem a lot.  I love this place because when I was teenager I was here a lot with Continue Reading »

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