These and Those

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

Tag Archives: personal growth / transformation

Pardes, TOH'rah, and You :)

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Spirit Wolf

Torah Torah Torah. The ‘TOH’ rah. Meesh (Hammer Kossoy) practically dances around the room (or at least in her seat) while saying these words, speaking of the magnificence of Torah, her whole being consumed with the brilliance of G-d’s revelation and the Rabbis’ inventive minds. I think she’s crazy. During my time at Pardes, these Continue Reading »

Spiritual Chevruta

Posted on September 22, 2010 by David Bogomolny

As I mentioned in a previous post, returning for a 2nd year at Pardes feels empowering to me in certain ways. I feel more empowered, for example, to arrange more independent chevrutas than I did last year, and more empowered to direct my studies. Last year, I took the Self, Soul & Text class at Pardes, and 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 »

Foundation (reflections of a returning student)

Posted on September 19, 2010 by David Bogomolny

Several days ago,  I had a conversation with an incoming student at Pardes, and she asked me about my feelings towards halakha & Judaism, which gave me new cause to reflect upon last year. In addition to developing practical skills in Jewish text study & Jewish traditional observance, I also spent much of last year striving Continue Reading »

Do scholars increase peace in the world?

Posted on May 13, 2010 by Mosheh

Hebrew has traditionally been written without vowels, allowing us freedom to make connection between different words with the same constantans but different pronunciations. Rabbi Elazar said in the name of Rabbi Hanina: “Scholars increase peace throughout the world” (and what is the scriptural proof of this?) for it is said in Isaiah: “All your children Continue Reading »

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