These and Those

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studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem
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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 »

Student Reflection: Jeff Hurok – Pardes Learning Seminar Summer 2021

Posted on July 27, 2021 by Jeff Hurok

This teaching was written by first time PLS participant Jeff Hurok. To learn more about the Pardes Learning Seminar program, which runs during the summer and winter, please visit www.pardes.org.il/seminar. I have wanted to attend a summer Pardes Learning Seminar for a few years. I don’t recall the first time I heard about Pardes, but Continue Reading »

Student Reflection: Elaine Hochberg – Pardes Learning Seminar Summer 2021

Posted on July 15, 2021 by Elaine Hochberg

This post was written by first-time PLS participant Elaine Hochberg. To learn more about the Pardes Learning Seminar program, which runs during the summer and winter, please visit www.pardes.org.il/seminar. Where do I begin? I spent five days last week with Pardes for the first time. The experience was revelatory. A few weeks previously, the new Continue Reading »

Student Reflection: Cindy Scheinfeld – Pardes Learning Seminar Summer 2021

Posted on July 12, 2021 by Cindy Scheinfeld

This teaching was written by first time PLS participant Cindy Scheinfeld. To learn more about the Pardes Learning Seminar program, which runs during the summer and winter, please visit www.pardes.org.il/seminar. Several months ago I became interested in studying Torah. It’s not something I have done before. I grew up in a secular home with limited Continue Reading »

A Journey of Resilience: A Case Study of Yosef ben Yaacov

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Aviva Melissa Frank

Resilient: re·sil·ient | \ ri-ˈzil-yənt \ a: Withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture; b: Tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. A Journey of Resilience: A Case Study of Yosef ben Yaacov If we look to the Tanach, we see a Biblical ancestor/character who faced tremendous hardship yet remained resilient. Continue Reading »

Personal Reflection on the Omer Program 2021

Posted on May 10, 2021 by Judy Kupchan

This blog was written by Judy Kupchan.  Judy is a recent olah to Israel from Chicago. She is a retired CEO of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and a Jewish educator for more than 40 years in the US. She and her husband Marshall Kupchan are Omer series participants. The Omer series Continue Reading »

Failing to Hear God’s Call

Posted on May 2, 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). Sefer Vayikra begins with an invitation and ends with a warning of alienation. According to Ramban, the Sefer sets forth laws meant to protect the Continue Reading »