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

Tag Archives: Take 5

“Water Wears Away Stone”: The (Soft) Power of Torah  — Reflections after a year of learning at Pardes

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Mira Niculescu

At Pardes, we have a great tradition. It’s called “Take Five”: A few months into the program, right before community lunch on Thursday, we all gather in the Beit Midrash to hear a student share five minutes of Torah. I love this practice. For the listeners, it’s a beautiful way to gain insight into other Continue Reading »

Diversifying the Meaning of Home

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Carrie Watkins

I AM DIVERSIFYING THE MEANING OF HOME A Seven Word Story: I am diversifying the meaning of home. I feel at home In this homesickness, finding Comfort in longing I travel onwards Metaphor and love guiding Water after rain I have diversified the meaning of home In the taste of kedem grape juice on shabbat Continue Reading »

[Take 5] My Poland Trip in Perspective

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

This past Sunday night was Simchat Torah. I spent the evening in the Pardes beit midrash, dancing and singing, along with many of you. The energy in the room was palpable, and filled me up with a feeling of pure joy. I experienced a particularly moving moment when the singing shifted to “Am Yisrael Chai: Continue Reading »

Week 19: Tastes of Home

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) As I end my first semester in Israel, I am surrounded by reminders of where I come from and how I got here. It started last Thursday night, when I made halushki, a Central/Eastern European dish popular in Western Pennsylvania, at my friend מיכאל’s (pronounced “Mee-kha-el”) apartment Continue Reading »

[Take Five] My Jewish Heroes – Derek Kwait

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Leah Stern: My Hero

Posted on December 1, 2011 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Insights into the Shema

Posted on November 24, 2011 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Kalie Kelman on Poland Trip

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Barer

For most of college, I yearned for a strong cultural connection. My freshman year, I went to Cost Rica, and so I became fascinated with Central America. I started learning Spanish, and it was all very interesting but it wasn’t something to which I could personally connect. Then sophomore year, I took a class in Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Jon Leener: Real Blessings

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Joel D.

[Take 5] Cheryl Schaindel Stone: Two Precious People

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Joel D.

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