These and Those

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

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בא

Posted on January 27, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s parsha, the story of the ten plagues ends, and Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) finally leave Egypt.  One source of potential moral consternation is the collecting of all sorts of goods on the part of the Israelites from their (former) Egyptian slave-masters.  Hashem gives the instructions for the fulfillment of a Continue Reading »

Student Quote

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

A quote from a student during the Fellows recruitment meeting yesterday: “Pardes is traditional Judaism’s most loving and honest response to modernity.”

וארא

Posted on January 20, 2012 by Barer

This week’s parsha documents the well-known story of Moshe and Aharon repeatedly coming before Pharoah asking to go worship Hashem, only to be repeatedly rebuffed, even in the fact of nasty plagues (this week’s parsha has the first eight).  There are so many points of focus to pick from when you are dealing with the Continue Reading »

שמות

Posted on January 13, 2012 by Barer

For this week’s parsha, I wanted to give over a small portion of a class I had the privilege of attending given by Shmuel Klitsner, talking about the strange episode at the Malon (inn), in which Hashem, or some representative, tries to kill Moshe.  Shmuel drew a number of fascinating connections between this episode and Continue Reading »

Spectrum of Passion

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Shibley

  Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in a trip called Perspectives Israel which brought me to several locations around Israel, and provided me with an opportunity to hear from a number of different people in on the Israeli political spectrum. With stops in and around Jerusalem, Sderot, and Gush Etzion, I Continue Reading »

In the Words Part I

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Shibley

T’fillah is obviously made up of seemingly countless words. Words that we can learn to say repeatedly, by memory, mumble through, or strike from our t’fillot. Lately, I have wondered about what small changes to the words would do to our experience of prayer. To that end, I have been experimenting with Nusach Sfard instead Continue Reading »

ויחי

Posted on January 5, 2012 by Barer

This week marks the end of Bereishit (Genesis).  The parsha is focused on the blessings that Yaakov/Yisrael gives his twelve sons, but I want to focus on the end of the parsha.  After the blessings, Yaakov/Yisrael “expires” – the biblical phrase for dying.  Since he asked to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah (which Continue Reading »

Learning Lishma

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Barer

[Cross-posted from my blog] In Jewish culture, there is a high value placed not just on learning, but on learning lishma — learning for its own sake (a source for this would be much appreciated).  This is not a familiar concept for secular academics, where knowledge gained has a practical purpose, even if that purpose Continue Reading »

ויגש

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha marks the end of the Yosef narrative (though he is still alive and present in at least one important scene in next week’s parsha too), where he is finally reconnected with his family, and, perhaps most importantly, with his father.  There is an interesting verse when the brothers return to Yaakov/Yisrael where Continue Reading »

Interview with Réka Eszter Bodó

Posted on December 29, 2011 by Emma Sevitz

One of this year’s Pardes Fellows is studying at Pardes for her first time this year – last year she was studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. Réka Eszter Bodó is one of Pardes’ international students; she’s from Hungary, and These&Those (Th&Th) thought it would be interesting to interview her to learn a bit about her Continue Reading »

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