These and Those

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

Archive: September 2012

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Vayelech 5773: Moses’ Final Actions and Feelings

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

This week, Neima Novetsky discusses Parashat Vayelech. Click here to listen. Shavua tov and Gmar Chatima Tova!

Alumni on the Israel National Trail

Posted on September 18, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Things to do in Israel after your year of study at Pardes: travel Shvil Yisra’el!

Rock Shabbat Week 2

Posted on September 18, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Sam (Year ’11-’12) & friends put out their second episode! Rock Shabbat Week 2 ~ Washington DC and New York from Rock Shabbat on Vimeo.

Shabbaton Dvar Torah, for those of you asked (and those who didn’t!)

Posted on September 16, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

When we arrive at Nitzavim, we know we are coming to the end of the Five Books of Moses. Only a few parshiot remain: Vayelech, Ha’azinu and V’zot Habrachah. Each of these is like the tone of a closing bell that announces the end of our wanderings b’midbar and the beginning of a new journey Continue Reading »

Truest Form

Posted on September 16, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

At the Shabbaton, Rav Elisha held a session on using part of birkot hashachar (the morning blessings) to reflect our true, ideal selves. We looked at the wording in ״הי נשמה שנתת בי טהורה היא״ and “מודה אני״ and reflected on what it meant to be recreated fresh every morning. Then, we created abstract paintings of Continue Reading »

PEP Tiyul

Posted on September 13, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Yesterday, students of the Pardes Educators Program ventured out for the afternoon to Ein Sataf in Western Jerusalem with Jewish Eco Seminar‘s Yonatan Neril. Learning about the lay of the land, climbing in a cave through which a stream flows, seeing an old-growth forest of thousand-year oak trees, and studying classical texts on the importance Continue Reading »

Shofar and God’s Love of Israel

Posted on September 10, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

by Rabbi Alex Israel Cross-posted from his blog Thinking Israel On the one hand, the cycle of the Jewish year is predictable and familiar: The solemnity of Yom Kippur, the smells and feel of the Sukka and the 4 species, the warmth and intimacy of Hannuka, Purim’s raucous frivolity, the tunes and tastes of Seder Continue Reading »

Rock Shabbat

Posted on September 9, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Sam Rotenberg (Year ’11-’12) and his friends have begun a new Jewish music project! Check out the intro video! Rock Shabbat Introduction from Rock Shabbat on Vimeo. And here’s their first full weekly video: Rock Shabbat Week 1 ~ The Southeast Part 1 from Rock Shabbat on Vimeo.

[Alumni Post] Just Send Me Back To Pardes

Posted on September 9, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

by Andrew Lustig, Year Program 5772 Just send me back to Pardes. Please, please, please. I promise I’ll learn at Night Sedar every week. And I won’t take a lot of bathroom breaks. And I wont distract my friends. And I wont use conversations with Robby and Donna and Joanne as clever ways to get Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Opening Eyes

Posted on September 3, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

by Pardes Summer Program 2012 Alumn Jason Kravitz L’takken olam b’malkhut shaddai. Three times a day in our repetition of the Aleinu, we are reminded of the need and responsibility to repair the world.  Each of us has our own special memories of the lives we have touched. Six years ago, I was granted one Continue Reading »