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

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[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 »

A Bris to Remember

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Nataliya Naydorf

It was odd telling family and friends back home that I was excited to go to a Brit Milah. “I just can’t wait to witness a circumcision!” never seems to resonate well with most people for some reason. In truth, while I was excited, I was also apprehensive. Prior to the ceremony, our Chumash Level Continue Reading »

A Song of Gratitude and Request

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Ahava Zarembski

This is a song of gratitude and request As I flow into the next phase of life May I integrate all of the various pieces of myself May I share it with others may I share it with myself May I stand in fullness in all of the fragments That once shattered into being And Continue Reading »

Our Engagement!

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Jessica Baverman

What Sarah thinks Judaism Has to Say About….

Posted on October 7, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: RELATIONSHIPS. Relationships with just anyone and relationships with Hashem. I’m hoping that if I sit down at the end of the day to try and process all of my thoughts and create a semi-coherent train of thought, it will help me to sort the things that I’ve learned and retain the information better. Continue Reading »

The Youngest Fellow

Posted on September 22, 2013 by Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

This is what happens when you have a married couple who are both fellows…. From our blog The end of 5773 did not fill our lives with happiness, nor health, so it is our great wish that these be abundant for us and all of our friends and family in the coming year. Luckily, there is Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Ha’azinu – Transitioning

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Cara Abrams-Simonton

This week marks many significant transitions in my life. I return to study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies for my second year of intensive text study in a Beit Midrash. I celebrate my Hebrew birthday for the first time in my life, כ”ח באלול, turning the much anticipated 30. I honor my father’s Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Pardes: a new family summer adventure

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Michal Kohane

From my blog: There are a lot of things kids can do that drive their parents crazy. We all know it, as parents – and as the kids we all are (even if we opt to forget what we’ve done ourselves!). But then, there are also grand and wonderful things children do that warm a Continue Reading »

She’s not around any more

Posted on August 11, 2013 by David Bogomolny

After three years of living in Israel, I came back to the USA last summer (’12) to work at Genesis at Brandeis University, and one of my best friends came to visit me on one of my days off. I’d last seen her in the summer of ’09 at her wedding. She’s not around any Continue Reading »

Why accept a job that is guaranteed to break your heart?

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

Every summer when I start working with forty reform North American teenagers, I know exactly what is going to happen. I am going to pour my heart and soul into being their mechanechet (educator), taking them through Europe and Israel, into keeping them healthy, and making sure they feel loved. And when they leave five Continue Reading »

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