These and Those

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

Archive: January 2013

[Student Profile] Marty Flashner

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Derek Kwait

Originally hailing from Boston, Marty Flashner has a wife and three kids, a law degree, an MBA, and worked for almost thirty-three years with Ernst & Young, one of the largest professional service firms in the world, including running the firm’s tax practice in Connecticut for the last ten years. Yet, for all this career Continue Reading »

Sderot, USA

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Derek Kwait

On the Sunday of Chanukah, I went with the Social Justice class to Sderot. You really can’t appreciate what it’s like there until you experience it for yourself. For those who have only heard of Gaza, Sderot is a small working-class city in southern Israel in view of Gaza made up of mostly immigrants. For Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Mike Backman

Posted on January 1, 2013 by Derek Kwait

When it came to picking out a college and a major, Mike knew he wanted to work with numbers and that he wanted to do something practical. So he searched and weighed the available data: He looked into economics but found it boring. He looked into physics, but thought it just wasn’t for him, then Continue Reading »

Newton’s Third Law and the Jewish Question

Posted on December 9, 2012 by Derek Kwait

Maybe it’s because I grew up feeling like one, or maybe it’s just some genetic Jewish thing, but for whatever reason, I’ve always sympathized with the outsider. When I went on the Tale of Three Cities tiyyul the two weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect, except that we were going to meet three Continue Reading »


Posted on November 30, 2012 by Derek Kwait

My current ‘stache ranks somewhere between Burt Reynolds and what our Dean Dr. Bernstein will look like if we raise $1800 between now and Hanukkah.                       ? IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE!


Posted on November 24, 2012 by Derek Kwait

SOME MOVEMBER FACTS: Evidence suggests that about a third of the 571,950 cancer deaths expected to occur this year will be related to obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition, and thus could be prevented. 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease Continue Reading »


Posted on November 16, 2012 by Derek Kwait

My current ‘stache ranks somewhere between the late Walter Cronkite and (l’havdil) John Stossel:           SUPPORT THE CAUSE!!!  


Posted on November 9, 2012 by Derek Kwait

My current ‘stache ranks somewhere between Grover’s perpetually disappointed customer Mr. Johnson and Gomez Addams:               SUPPORT THE CAUSE!!! Conversation of the Movember so far: MAN 1: I wish I could grow a mustache. WOMAN 1: Just close your eyes and concentrate! [they try it.] MAN 1: I don’t Continue Reading »

Why I’m Not Making Aliyah

Posted on November 8, 2012 by Derek Kwait

“Oh, so you’ve been here [almost a year/two years]! So are you planning on making aliyah?,” they say, bearing their teeth and gently lifting their eyebrows in anticipation of the upcoming hearty “Mazel tov!” they’re sure to owe me. “No.” “Oh,” this is less an expression than the sound a face makes as it falls. Continue Reading »

Salon Pardes Pictures

Posted on October 19, 2012 by Derek Kwait

The first-ever Salon Pardes, an evening of sharing and critiquing each other’s creative projects,was held last Saturday night at my house and was a huge success, check it out: