These and Those

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

Archive: January 2013

Snow day = best day of my life

Posted on January 10, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

From my blog: We were all awake long before we finally received the email from Pardes to tell us that school was canceled. We all knew, there was a blizzard coming down outside our windows! The city had already shut down the afternoon before because of some hail. We quickly rallied and got a group Continue Reading »

Rain in the holy land

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

There has been more rain in Israel in the past three days than my entire four years in Israel. I am so grateful for my rain boots. And warm smiles from everyone who is miserable being wet and cold, but understanding that we need the rain.

Too perfect for words.

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh Tevet

Posted on December 14, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Originally posted on my blog: I recently learned about Women of the Wall and their struggle for equality at the Kotel, the Western Wall, the most significant religious site for Jews. Every Rosh Chodesh they go to the Kotel to pray together in a minyan (technically, a group of 10 Jewish men, but for them, Continue Reading »

A Shabbat to remember

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Last night, I had 30 women studying at Pardes over to my house for Shabbat. I was really worried about inviting so many people, but I just couldn’t only invite some, as I really love every woman at Pardes and really wanted to have a beautiful experience in my home. Seeing that it was going Continue Reading »

Homemade Kosher Little Debbies

Posted on October 13, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

I made homemade Little Debbie oatmeal sandwiches. If you don’t know what Little Debbie is, click here.  Nothing with this much butter could be bad, but they were delicious!! YUM!

Alex Singer Hike

Posted on October 13, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

http://www.alexsinger.org/ Last week I went on a hike that I had first heard about over a year ago. I was probably busy last year and didn’t pay much attention. But last year, always around pesach, Pardes put up special art work and poems in the hallway. Not only was it beautiful, it came with a Continue Reading »

Tefillin

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Recently, with the help of a teacher and a friend, I have taken on the mitzvah of tefillin. To be honest, I’m not sure when I really started wanting to try it, it’s such a personal experience so it’s hard to say, “I wanted to have this feeling, so I started to wrap tefillin.” But Continue Reading »

My dvar Torah from the Shabbaton

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Since we’re in the season of teshuva, I wanted to share some a very wise and inspiring Rabbi (Michael Hattin) once wrote, “teshuva is…a gradual awakening of the mind and soul to God’s call, a measured but steady process of self-evaluation and reflection, a plodding and sometimes faltering series of steps that includes dead ends, Continue Reading »

American Football in Israel

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

I’m sure there are many Americans who don’t want to come to Pardes to study because they don’t want to miss the football season. Well, no worries, there is football in Israel. http://vimeo.com/49323951 Israeli Football League from Grace Barcenas on Vimeo. I referee for this league. You can see me at one minute and 45 Continue Reading »

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