These and Those

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

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The Parents Come to Town

Posted on January 26, 2014 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: I have been living in Israel for 10 months, and everyone knows what happens after 10 months in a foreign country: you go broke and finally start paying attention to the foreign country’s politics. In addition to that, your parents come to visit! It had been five months since I had physically Continue Reading »

(Im)perfect Together

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Taylor Winfield

I found this Jerusalem Bible sitting on the hefker table without a cover or binding. It just sat there distressed, pages falling out, looking for a new home. I knew that I could not let this bible be buried. I had to find a way to fix it. I stood for a minute and let Continue Reading »

Life is a journey, God is the guide

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Today in Neima’s Chumash class, we were asked to think / write about how we view or relate to God as part of a discussion about revelation. I had to (sadly) admit to myself that I don’t really think about God on a regular basis, I have just internalized the relationship as a part of Continue Reading »

Why I love Limmud, Pardes and all Jewish organisations

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Since childhood I have been diagnosed with a condition known in the community as a Jewish communal organisation geek. Whether I was a participant or employee, whether I was at school, university Jewish society, synagogue, youth movement, camp, Pardes I had a tendency to get a little obsessed. My symptoms have included the following: volunteering Continue Reading »

Weber School – Pardes Collision!

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Sara Spanjer

One of the most exciting things that can happen in Jewish education is when one Jewish school meets another. This past week my two Jewish schools collided, Pardes and The Weber School. Although we are all different ages, ranging from high school to post-college to grandparents, being Jewish and being in Israel brought us together. Continue Reading »

Walk Torah, Talk Torah with David Levin-Kruss

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Meira Cohen

On November 29, David Levin-Kruss walked up and down the High Line in NYC, teaching Torah and raising money for cancer research. Among those who joined him was an incoming student. by Meira Cohen I’m not due to arrive in Jerusalem for another month, but I have already experienced the legendary warmth of Pardes. As Continue Reading »

In The Beginning

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Aliza Geller

From my blog: The Intensive Tanach Track with Neima Novetsky is exploring the “highlights” of the Torah this year. After completing the the first book, Bereshit we were tasked with coming up with a way to remember the contents of each Parsha. This would have been better for me if I had chosen my method from Continue Reading »

Eight days of extra light

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Laura Marder

I shared this dvar Torah at the recent PCJE Hanuka party: Why 8? This question is asked in Megillah Taanit. The Rabbi’s ask, “Why 8 days?” They explore the fact that 7 would be more normative. Moses inaugurates the Mishkan, that’s 7 days. Shlomo dedicated the Temple, that’s 7 days. So why is Hanukkah 8 Continue Reading »

Doodling Torah

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Tani Cohen-Fraade

I’ve always been a Doodler. Friends, classmates and teachers would all be able to tell you how many countless hours I have spent in and out of class with a pen or pencil in my hand drawing all sorts of shapes connected with lines, tubes, arrows etc… as well as a wide assortment of trees, 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 »

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