These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Halakha Class

My Personal Experience at Pardes

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Eileen Gamzuletova

Once I finally arrived home, after twenty seven hours travelling time, my mother asked me, “What was the best thing you gained out of your time at Pardes?” to which I answered, “A sense of belonging.” Upon completing my formal education in a Modern Orthodox and Zionist school, Mount Scopus College, and commencing life in Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] The Intersession Bible

Posted on February 8, 2014 by Nina Gordon-Kirsch

On Sunday morning, I arrive at Pardes to empty hallways and a quiet Beit Midrash. No hassles or traffic jams, I find my locker and take my class materials into Room 5, or rather, the space that has been my womb for sometime now. Fall semester ended just three days prior, and I’m not yet Continue Reading »

Week 22: Aramaic, Women, Meditation, and Other Foreign Languages

Posted on February 4, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) I decided to challenge myself this semester, to fully take advantage of my time here by trying new Jewish things and getting outside my comfort zones. Since every subject of Torah has its own special jargon, world view, sources, legends, authorities, inside jokes, the result has been Continue Reading »

A “love” Shabbat!

Posted on February 4, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

At Pardes, Shabbat is the topic of many discussions and the focus of a lot of study. Last semester I took Halakah (Jewish Law) and the class focused on Shabbat. I have written about Shabbat on the blog in the past as well. I have been trying to create a Shabbat “space.” One thing I’ve Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Naomi Zaslow

Posted on November 20, 2011 by Barer

Naomi grew up in a Modern Orthodox community in South Miami, where her family helped found a Young Israel. She was immersed in Judaism from a young age  – shul, day school, day camp – but rarely in a community as diverse as Pardes. It is in a Modern Orthodox community that Naomi feels most Continue Reading »

Night Seder d’var: Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Shibley

Over the past weeks, I have used afternoon seder to study the laws of aveilut (mourning). As with many areas of halakha, there are numerous details and caveats. I have found myself troubled by the seemingly impersonal details of the halacha, which is brings me to Chayei Sarah, our parasha this week. Sarah dies in Continue Reading »

The Adventures of Na’omi9: Kashering our Kitchen

Posted on November 8, 2011 by Lauren Schuchart

This was originally posted on ‘Life According to Lauren’ My roommates and I decided a few weeks ago that we wanted to make our kitchen kosher. The word kosher literally means “fit,” and it refers to the Jewish dietary laws.  There are different reasons why one might choose to “keep kosher.” Here are a few Continue Reading »

Shabbat laws

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today in Halakha (Jewish law) class, we started learning the laws of keeping Shabbat. There are “honor” כבוד laws, about preparing oneself for Shabbat and there are “pleasure” עונג laws about preparing your surroundings. I never knew there were actual laws written that you should have a nice meal, and wash yourself, clean the house, Continue Reading »

A different view of fasting

Posted on September 20, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

As most Jews know, the High Holidays are quickly approaching, and with that is Yom Kippur, a 24 hour fast day with no food or water (or coffee). And for me, with it comes dread. I just don’t like it, I get a headache, it’s uncomfortable, etc. Technically we’re not suppose to wear make up Continue Reading »

learning at Pardes

Posted on March 30, 2011 by Zach

After my first month at Pardes, I started getting into the routine of classes, and developed a pretty good sense of how the rest of the year would look.   They way we learn here is very different from the way we learn in college; in college, classes meet two or three times a week for an hour at Continue Reading »

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