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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Student Reflection: Bracha Lieberman—Pardes Learning Seminar Winter 2021

Posted on January 26, 2022 by Bracha Lieberman

This post was written by PLS participant Bracha Lieberman. To learn more about the Pardes Learning Seminar program, which runs during the summer and winter, please visit www.pardes.org.il/seminar. I grew up Modern Orthodox and studied in Orthodox schools through high school. My mother had wanted me to learn about the Jewish people, Jewish values, the Continue Reading »

Poland Jewish Heritage Trip Day 1 Blog from Sarah Klein

Posted on January 13, 2022 by Sarah Klein

Today, Tehilim 130:1 was on my mind all day. “A song of ascent: Out of the depths I call to you Gd.” שִׁ֥יר הַֽמַּעֲל֑וֹת מִמַּעֲמַקִּ֖ים קְרָאתִ֣יךָ יְה This verse is also my personal addition to the end of the amidah which starts with the first letter of my name ש and ends with the last Continue Reading »

From Quarantine to Presence: My Experience in Winter Seminar

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Josh Rolnick

I had so many reasons not to apply for the Pardes winter seminar on Cultivating Courage and Resilience. It took place during the holiday break, when my four children were off from school, a time of family and togetherness. Every day for five days, I knew, the seminar would take precious time away from my Continue Reading »

Poland Jewish Heritage Trip Day 1 Blog from Jonathan Chamberlin

Posted on January 11, 2022 by Jonathan Chamberlin

This blog was written by Jonathan Chamberlin, a current student in the year program at Pardes. Jonathan chose to attend the Poland trip in part to explore his relationship to the Shoah as a Jew by choice. Sunday – Tikocyn As we walk on the path, I am looking for rocks. I left the one Continue Reading »

Pardes Learning Seminar 2021 Student Reflection – Julie Kohl

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Julie Kohl

This post was written by PLS participant Julie Kohl. To learn more about the Pardes Learning Seminar program, which runs during the summer and winter, please visit www.pardes.org.il/seminar. When the COVID surge caused my plans to go skiing in Colorado to fall through, I unexpectedly found myself with extra time during the final week of Continue Reading »

Why I am Fasting Today – A Reflection on Yitzhak Rabin z”l Yarzheit 5782

Posted on October 18, 2021 by Dani Satlow

Daniel Satlow is a first-year PCJE student. Growing up attending Jewish Day School, I always knew that the Fast of Gedalia was done in commemoration of the assassination of a Jewish leader in charge of Israel following the destruction of the First Temple. This leader, Gedalia, son of Ahikam was accused of collaborating with the Continue Reading »

Rabbinic Israel Seminar 2021 – Galil Tiyul Reflection

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Claire Abramovitz

Claire Abramovitz is a second-year Fellow and Talmudic Literature Fellow at the Pardes Institute for Jewish studies. When she’s not steeping herself in Torah, she is most likely working on a play, poem, story, painting, a batch of fresh pasta dough, and of course many, many soups. I sit in the water and I wait Continue Reading »

Reflections on the Rabbinic Seminar: Enjoying Torah Best in the Marketplace

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Audrey Honig

This was written by Pardes year student Audrey Honig (Summer ’20, Year ’21-’22). Audrey graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2021, where she studied Religion and English. Audrey is passionate about Jewish summer camp, playing the flute, and reading. On one of my favorite stops during the tiyul, we squished together to overlook an ancient market Continue Reading »

Rabbinic Israel Seminar Tiyul 2021: Pardes Shabbaton Reflection Parashat Lech Lecha

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Hannah Greenberg

This blog post was written by Hannah Greenberg is a second-year student at Pardes and part of the Pardes Day School Educators Program, Cohort 21. Last weekend, taking advantage of the last of our gorgeous summer weather, we went on our first Pardes Shabbaton to the Galil. Taking the Sanhedrin trail we walked the path Continue Reading »

Parashat Bereishit from Carole Daman

Posted on September 30, 2021 by Carole Daman

This Dvar Torah 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, ’21) in memory of her late husband, Dr. Harlan Daman z”l. Monday, October 4, 2021 will be a Pardes Day of Learning in his memory Continue Reading »