These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

ואתחנן, va’etchanan

Posted on August 14, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parshat va’etchanan, moshe attempts to perform the greatest magic trick of all time:  to convince an entire nation, to truly make them believe, that they were all somewhere where they were not. the ideas of forgetting and remembering dominate this parsha in which once again moshe details all the laws and decrees Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] The Torah

Posted on August 6, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I am writing to you this week from my home in Toronto. It’s hard to believe that July has come and gone and the summer is starting to come to a close. I know none of us want to hear that, but it’s the truth. If you think July flew by, August will Continue Reading »

דברים

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Barer

From my blog This week we begin the final book of the Torah, Dvarim, which consists mostly of Moshe’s final speech to the Israelites.  In this week’s parsha Moshe recounts the sin of the spies.  Curiously, though, it has a number of inconsistencies with the original telling: Moshe says this week that the people approached Continue Reading »

דברים, devarim

Posted on August 4, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parshat devarim, moshe becomes a master of words.  his new-found verbosity is notable given how lacking he was in the words department forty years back.  but, a lot has changed both with the jewish people and with moshe.  and now, as the people are finally about to enter the promised land, moshe Continue Reading »

מסעי, mase’ei

Posted on August 2, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

this parsha is aptly titled mase’ei meaning the travels of bnei yisrael.  and the Torah spares no expense to list every place from which they set out and made camp along the way.  in fact, the word ויסעו, meaning “they set out,” is written 42 times.  each time, this word is shortly followed by the Continue Reading »

מסעי

Posted on July 28, 2011 by Barer

This week we wrap up the book of Bamidbar (Numbers), chronicling the journeys the Israelites undertook in the desert.  The final verses bring us back to an episode first encountered a few weeks ago, the daughters of Tzelophchad.  This time, spokesmen approach Moshe and the elders on their behalf.  They worry is that, once the Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Fluidity and Dynamism

Posted on July 23, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week I read the parsha ‘cover to cover’ and am stumped. There is a lot to talk about in the parsha: the status of women in Jewish (biblical) law, a gruesome (and vengeful) battle against idolators and the decision of two tribes to settle outside the Land of Israel. But somehow as Continue Reading »

מטות, matot

Posted on July 23, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

moshe has come a long way from his days of “כבד פה וכבד לשון, slow of speech, slow of tongue” (shmot 4:10).  he has not only transformed bnei yisrael from a stiff-necked, fickle bunch of wanderers into a God-loving, jewish people, but he himself has undergone a tremendous transformation.  in the course of his adventures Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Stand Tall

Posted on July 16, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Tonight I am writing to you from my backyard in Toronto. It’s not exactly Jerusalem, but the weather is pleasant as the sun sets and the birds are chirping. Literally. I can’t really tell if I’m ‘acclimatized’ to Toronto – not just in the meteorological sense – but so far, so good. Now Continue Reading »

פינחס, pinchas

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parsha, after yet another plague in which an empassioned God wipes out large numbers of israelities, 24,000 to be exact, God tells moshe to take another census of the jewish people.  the last census was back in the beginning of parshat bamidbar, where we reached a grand total of 603,550 israelites.  and Continue Reading »

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