These and Those

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

Archive: October 2011

PEP Tiyul – Second Temple Period

Posted on October 5, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today we had a tour of the Second Temple Period in Jerusalem. It was really great, but SO much info in a short amount of time! We went to the South Wall Excavations, The Israel Museum, and the underground mansions where the Kohenim (priests) probably lived. Ian Stern was our guide, and he is absolutely Continue Reading »

Peer Teaching

Posted on September 26, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Part of the Educators Program is to do sessions of peer teaching. This means that each person has a session/lesson that they teach to the other educators. Today was my first experience in being in a session. (We actually had two today because the teacher was sick last week, so she also did her lesson Continue Reading »

Ready for Shabbat!

Posted on September 23, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Tonight I’m hosting my first Shabbat dinner all by myself!! And the table is ready!! I must say, I think it looks so beautiful! And I have to say that I am really proud of myself! A few of my closest friends from school are coming over after Shabbat services. I have chicken with potato Continue Reading »

PEP Tiyul

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Yesterday we had our second PEP field trip. This one focused on the First Temple Period. The tour guide was great! I was really paying attention the whole time. We first stopped at The City of David and he gave of a lot of wonderful information. We ate lunch in the Jewish Quarter (everyone enjoyed Continue Reading »

A different view of fasting

Posted on September 20, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

As most Jews know, the High Holidays are quickly approaching, and with that is Yom Kippur, a 24 hour fast day with no food or water (or coffee). And for me, with it comes dread. I just don’t like it, I get a headache, it’s uncomfortable, etc. Technically we’re not suppose to wear make up Continue Reading »

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Posted on September 19, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Over the past weekend, my school had a “Shabbaton” which means a rest. The actual explanation is like a weekend retreat. The whole weekend was very beautiful with a lot of bonding and relaxing. I got to play some basketball on Shabbat with some of my classmates too! One of the highlights was during free Continue Reading »

Eating

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

I know that eating should be a simple thing, but it’s hard to eat well when someone is so busy. I don’t feel like I had time to cook this week because I was on a weekend retreat with my school. Today my lunch was carrots, a lox and cheese sandwich and an orange. Actually Continue Reading »

Erev Seder

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Erev seders are not what some one might think a seder would be, and erev means night. So at first I thought it meant that we would be having seders once a week at night to learn how to set up and lead our own seders. Well, I was sadly surprised to learn that this Continue Reading »

PEP Tiyul

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today we had our first Educators Program tiyul.  The good thing was that I had never been to any of the places where we went before. The bad news was, I was tired, and the guide was very informative and nice, but not so funny and I had a hard time paying attention. We first Continue Reading »

Personalizing Prayer

Posted on September 11, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today I had my first Personalizing Prayer class. Although the name might make it seem obvious to some, the class is suppose to help the students become more familiar with the Siddur, Hebrew prayer book, the language, and to really understand the words and meaning of the prayer. Some people would prefer a different class Continue Reading »

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