These and Those

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

Archive: November 2012

[Alumni Guest Post] Getting Used to Hard Floors as Israelis

Posted on November 30, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Hilarious Alumni Blog Post! Stef Jadd Susnow (Year Program ’06-’07, PEP ’07-’09) and Matt Susnow (Year Program ’06-’07) Write about the floors in Israel… This is so true! 😀 For those who haven’t lived in Israel I will first explain Israeli “floor culture.” Nearly all flooring in Israel is tile. Hardwood floors are few are Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Aviva Golbert — Oak of Weeping

Posted on November 30, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

While this week’s parsha, VaYishlach, includes some of our tradition’s high-points (Jacob struggles with an angel and prevails! Jacob’s name is changed to Israel and he is blessed with land and progeny!) as well as some of its low-points (the rape of Dinah; Reuben sleeping with his father’s handmaid, Bilhah), my favorite verse in VaYishlach Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] VaYishlach 5773: Jacob’s Blessings

Posted on November 30, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

This week, Isaac Landes discusses Parashat VaYishlach in “Jacob’s Blessings.” Click here to listen. Shabbat shalom!

Ever want to see our esteemed Dean David Bernstein with a mustache?

Posted on November 28, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Well, how much would you donate to great causes to see it happen? In honor of mens’ health, Pardes students throughout the month of November have been grooming themselves with super classy and in some cases, rather creepy mustaches for the Livestrong Foundation and Movember. David has agreed to join the cause! Here’s the challenge…if Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Vistors to Our Hearts by James Jacobson-Maisels

Posted on November 26, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

This dvar Torah was written by James Jacobson-Maisels (Pardes Kollel ’01-’03). Today, we know and love James as one of our amazing Pardes faculty, teaching classes such as ‘Self, Soul & Text’, and running our Pardes Spirituality Retreats! One of the great mitzvot, modeled in our recent parshiot by Avraham Avinu, is hakhnasat orchim, the Continue Reading »

ROCK Shabbat! Episode xxii

Posted on November 26, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

New Episode!

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] VaYetze 5773: Jacob’s Exodus from Haran

Posted on November 23, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

This week, Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy discusses Jacob’s Exodus from Haran in VaYetze. Click here to listen Shabbat shalom!

[Alumni Guest Post] Or Zarua / Let the Light in

Posted on November 23, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

We could all use a little light right now. Pardes Educators Program alum and music-man extraordinaire Drew Cohen (PEP ’11) and his students at the Weber School in Atlanta shed a little light over us all with Or Zarua. Shabbat Shalom l’Kulam.

[PCJE Dvar Torah] R. Julie Gordon – ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’

Posted on November 22, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

ויצא If Leah were alive today, this is what I think she would tell us. “‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’1 Rahel and I are twins2 born five minutes apart. I am the older sister, and like any set of twins, we had our good days and we had Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Benny Levy — Thanksgiving Appreciation

Posted on November 22, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Benny Levy (PEP ’07-’09) originally wrote this dvar Torah for the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project: We celebrated Simchat Torah not long ago. One of the customs of the holiday is to call all children under Bnai Mitzvah age to the Torah in order to include them in the happiness of ending the cycle of Continue Reading »