These and Those

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

Archive: January 2013

[Alumni Guest Post] Run-up To Israeli Elections

Posted on January 15, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Daniel Shibley’s (Fellows ’11-’12) blog: Campaign banner for Likud Beiteinu With elections only a week away, I am trying to take photos of campaign related activities that I am encountering on a day-to-day basis. Above and below are the beginnings of this week-long project. If you have photos to share, please do so in Continue Reading »

[Alumni] Mazal Tov to Avi Strausberg on 100!

Posted on January 13, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

When Avi Strausberg (Year ’10-’11) studied at Pardes, she began the ‘Haiku Torah Project‘, and wrote a haiku for every parasha of the Torah. This project was then continued by Ben Barer (Fellows ’11-’12), and he continues to write weekly ‘Torah Haikus’ on his blog. Since leaving Pardes, Avi began her rabbinical studies at Hebrew Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Ayeka: The Cherry on my Spiritual Journey’s Cake

Posted on January 12, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

By Mira B. Shore (Summer ’09, ’10; Year ’12) As a self-identified progressive, liberal, secular Jew growing up at Jewish Day School, I spent a lot of my time and energy speaking about why prayer and G-d were NOT a part of my life. I actively ran from prayer. Once I had my bat-mitzvah, there Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Daniel Shibley: Snowy Parshat Va’eira

Posted on January 11, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Alum Daniel Shibley (Fellows ’12) is on a roll! Check out this dvar Torah for Parshat Va’era: Well documented in Facebook photos and through the news outlets are the rain and snow that have fallen throughout the State of Israel over the last several days. While Jerusalem has not seen snow like this in nearly Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Shira Abramowitz’s AMAZING Notes

Posted on January 10, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] VaEra 5773: The Redemption Speech

Posted on January 10, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

This week, Rav Meir Schweiger discusses Parashat VaEra in The Redemption speech. VaEra 5773 Click here for the accompanying source sheet.   Shabbat shalom!

[Alumni Guest Post] Daniel Shibley: Splish Splash!

Posted on January 8, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Daniel Shibley’s (Fellows ’12) blog: For all of its technological innovations Israel has yet to see, en masse, the value of weather stripping or double pane windows, the lack of which causes an incessant rattle of windows and drafts of unknown origin. Such alterations in construction could save drastically on energy bills, which obviously Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Ben Barer: Why Pray?

Posted on January 7, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Ben Barer (Fellows ’11-’12) tackles the issue of Jewish prayer as an Atheist in this blog post: One of the toughest questions for me, as a religious atheist, is what do I gain bydavenning (praying).  Alain de Botton, in his fabulous book Religion for Atheists; a Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, offers a number of answers Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Alissa Thomas: ‘It’s More Than a Feeling’: A Reflection on Zionism

Posted on January 6, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Zionism has become a touchy subject for many people in today’s post-modern culture, but here’s a beautiful, articulate piece that describes Pardes alum Alissa Thomas’ (Spring ’11) personal relationship to the concept of Zionism and the modern state of Israel: From alum Alissa Thomas’ Sh’ma Blog: As expected, everyone is thinking, talking, and praying about Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Daniel Shibley: My Voter Card

Posted on January 6, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Here in Israel, we’re gearing up for the Jan. 22nd elections, and some of us who have made Aliyah will be voting here for the first time ever! From alum Daniel Shibley’s blog: In a little more than two weeks I will be voting for the first time in Israeli elections. Before you ask, nope, I Continue Reading »