These and Those

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

Tag Archives: holidays

Giving thanks

Posted on November 18, 2010 by Jean

This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 25th. What does this mean for Jews? The best meal of the year! Is there anything better than getting up early to spend the entire day cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Or the companionship of everyone gathered in the kitchen, chatting and joking and watching dinner unfold? Of course, you must Continue Reading »

Water and Happiness by Karen Feuer

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Eryn

I was fortunate to be able to take a break from the office and participate in one class during the Pardes “Yom Iyun Sukkot.” The class, taught by Pardes faculty member, Tovah Leah Nachmani, was entitled, “Sukkot: Is God on the Guest List?” Starting with the controversial statement by Hillel the Elder – “If I Continue Reading »

What a Lovely Booth You Have!

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Bookie

Sukkot is just moments away here in Jerusalem, and I can’t help but contemplate on a sight foreign to my Los Angeles eyes. In front of every apartment, in alleys, on balconies, and on rooftops sukkot dot the landscape. It really gives you a sense of one of the many meanings of the holiday: the Continue Reading »

YOM KIPPUR

Posted on September 21, 2010 by Michael

We have nearly reached the one-month mark in our studies, and I have to wonder at the fact that, until this journey in Israel, I have never taken the time to document my life week by week in a journal. I have to tell you that there is a lot of power in shared journaling. Continue Reading »

Pardes Sukkah Building Day 2!

Posted on September 19, 2010 by Bookie

Hello again all you faithful blog follower…I mean followers :), Check out this: Sukkah Building Day 2!! And another huge thank you to everyone who has been hgelping out get our Sukkah built so that the entire community can enjoy a wonderful Sukkot! Also shameless plug for my own blog 🙂 Shameless Plug!! -Bookie

Pardes Sukkah Building 2010!!

Posted on September 18, 2010 by Bookie

This will be a very quick post but a huge shout out to everybody who helped out with the Sukkah Building erev Yom Kippur! Pardes Sukkah 2010!!

Machzor on Your Mind

Posted on September 15, 2010 by Joel D.

This Yom Kippur, with your spirit and your clothing pure as light itself, you may find yourself steeped in the words of prayer. You begin the repetition of the Musaf Amidah. Your Kavana, your intentions, are pure and your passion to return to Hashem…Then two hours later you’re not even half way through the repetition, Continue Reading »

Random musings about celebrations

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Lauren

Celebration #1:  Tu B’shvat For me, it feels like Tu B’shvat in Israel all year round because of the multitude of dried fruits all over the place, but during January, they really hit their peak.  It’s time to go back to the fresh fruits, in my opinion… I’m ready for springtime.  Nonetheless, I attended two Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Living in a prayer

Posted on December 13, 2009 by Brenna

Experiencing prayer is one of my favorite things in Israel and Jerusalem in particular. This whole country is a place of prayer. Where else but Israel, would one hear in the beginning of the show “Survivor” one of the secular contestants sing “Modeh Ani” (a prayer praising G-d for returning to life in the morning)? Continue Reading »

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