These and Those

Blogs posts and reflections from students and alumni
studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem
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A Torah Scholar Who Has Forgotten All His Torah

Posted on February 9, 2021 by Lexie Botzum

Rabbah was called the uprooter of mountains, while Rav Yosef was called Sinai; Rabbah for his sharp and discerning pilpul, Rav Yosef for the unbelievable expansiveness of his Torah knowledge. Which is preferable as a rosh yeshiva, the gemara on Horayot 14a asks? Sinai. But Rav Yosef deferred to his colleague. We’re told of Rav Continue Reading »

Reflections on New Leaders in Parashat Beshalach given on the occasion of my mother’s yahrzeit

Posted on January 26, 2021 by Carole Daman

This blog piece was written by Carole Daman (Year ’73-’74, Spirituality Retreat ’13, ’14, ’15, ’17, ’18,  WPLS ’08, ’09,  PLS ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16 ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20). Each year a Day of Learning is dedicated in memory of her late mother, Rose Grossman Goldberg / Brayna Raizel bat Avraham z”l. The following Continue Reading »

Bursting Bubbles – Infertility, the Jewish Community and Me

Posted on December 27, 2020 by Miriam Lorie

This was written by Pardes alumna Miriam Lorie (PCJE ’16-’17). This is a “retrospective” version of an original blog she posted for this website in 2017 when she was studying in the PCJE Experiential Educators program. It has a new introduction and closing and includes a select excerpt from the former piece. She will be Continue Reading »

Chanukka ohr Channuka ohr Chanuka ohr Hanuka ohr Hanukka ohr Hannukka ohr Chanukkah?

Posted on December 17, 2020 by David Schapiro

This article was written by PCJE (PEEP) student David Schapiro. Chanukka ohr Channuka ohr Chanuka ohr Hanuka ohr Hanukka ohr Hannukka ohr Chanukkah? Pick your favourite! We are in the middle of the festival, which despite its recency has accumulated a wide range of – not only ways to spell it – but also halachot Continue Reading »

Stories of Courage and Resilience – Chazak ve’ Ematz

Posted on December 13, 2020 by Alan Imar

Written by Alan Imar, ’20-’21 year student. Alan is a junior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in History and Talmud & Rabbinics. This year, he is serving on the Hillel International Student Cabinet. During the summer, Alan calls Camp Ramah in Wisconsin home. He was recently chosen Continue Reading »

Take 5 with Hannah Greenberg

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Hannah Greenberg

This Take 5 was delivered on November 26, 2020, by Pardes Center for Jewish Educators student Hannah Greenberg (Cohort 21). Additionally, she delivered a longer shiur and siyum with Sefaria on Tractate Eruvin. You can watch it here: Sefaria Siyum. To read from Hannah’s source sheet please click here.

For I know G-d – A Poem for the High Holy Days

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Hannah Greenberg

This poem was written by 2020-21 year student Hannah Greenberg, as a reflection piece for Yom Kippur based on the Teshuva reflection session give by Dr. David Bernstein to students before the holiday break. “For I know that You are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, renouncing punishment. ֽה׃” ִכּ֣י Continue Reading »

Women’s Role in Judaism: A Different Perspective On the Occasion of My Husband’s Yahrzeit

Posted on September 21, 2020 by Carole Daman

This blog piece was written by Carole Daman (Year ’73-’74, Spirituality Retreat ’13, ’14, ’15, ’17, ’18,  WLS ’08, ’09,  ELS ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16 ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20). Each year a Day of Learning is dedicated in memory of her late husband, Harlan Daman (Tzvi Hirsh ben Dovid Aryeh) z”l. The following is Continue Reading »

Personal Reflections: Who Am I? The Complexity of Identity in the 21st Century

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Beryl Levinger

This was written by Beryl Levinger who studied at Pardes in the summer of 2008 before joining this summer’s PLS. I love that Judaism is a religion of doing. In practical terms, this means that Jewish learning should help us to grow both spiritually and behaviorally. Unpacking the multiple meanings of a text in beit Continue Reading »