These and Those

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

Archive: April 2015

The Other Side of the Mechitza

Posted on April 21, 2015 by David Curiel

Yesterday’s was a quiet early morning walk through the Old City. Shops weren’t yet open. The sun was peeking through the haze just enough to make the covered sections of walkway seem black. Hardly anyone was about, but there were two women just ahead of me, talking animatedly in Hebrew. When they got to the Continue Reading »

Digesting the Indigestible

Posted on November 19, 2014 by David Curiel

This post is dedicated to the memories of Moshe Twersky, Abraham Goldberg, Aryeh Kopinsky, and Kalman Levine, that their souls should rise to the great beit knesset in the sky, where they might be able to pray in peace, and that their memories should be for a blessing. Horrific news rocked Jerusalem again yesterday. I Continue Reading »

Open Ears, Praying Feet, pt 1

Posted on November 2, 2014 by David Curiel

One of my objectives this year is to set aside my (considerable) judgment surrounding the Israel/Palestine conflict and try to listen deeply to as many different voices within it. I also, with much humility, wish to take an active witness role in the vein of our teacher and rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who, with much Continue Reading »

חזרת הד”ק (My Week in Review)

Posted on October 24, 2014 by David Curiel

Lichvod R’Judith Z. Abrams, ז”ל It was a sweet irony that during a break in my Gemara shiur yesterday, I found out that my first teacher of rabbinic texts, Reb Judith, as she was affectionately called, died suddenly of a heart attack the day before. She would have appreciated that, with a patented mischievous laugh Continue Reading »