These and Those

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

Archive: December 2013

A Piece of the Greater Whole

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: A video produced by The Sderot Media Center.  If you watched the video, you will see that it has been edited and the events don’t occur exactly in that sequence. However, from what I heard today, the experience is not so far from the scene depicted in the video. Today, as a Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] A Very Army Hannukah

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Daniel Shibley (Year ’11, Fellows ’12, Kollel ’14) reflects upon his Hanuka with the IDF: Jewish tradition, in a number of places, wrestles with which element of Hannukah to emphasize. Was it the military victory of a small guerrilla force over a much larger and battle-hardened enemy, or the miracle of one small jug of Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Transitions – Parshat Mikketz by Peter Stein

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Dvar Torah by R. Peter Stein (Kollel ’09-’11): Life is full of transitions.  Sometimes these transitions are clear and separate between distinct seasons of our life.  Yesterday I was single.  Today I’m married.  Yesterday I had no child.  Today I’m a parent.  Yesterday I was in school.  Today I have my degree. But often times, Continue Reading »

Modah Ani | I’m Alive!

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ. Grateful I am before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. These are the first words that leave our lips in the morning – while still laying in bed. Continue Reading »

“Camping” in the Negev

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Photos from the Negev Tiyul

Student-made Ceramic Hanukiot

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Made at the Jerusalem Ceramic Art Center:

[Alumni Guest Post] Hanukkah Light Revealed by Laurie Franklin

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Laurie Franklin (Year ’13) sent us these words of wisdom for Thanksgivukkah: Laurie Franklin is the spiritual leader and rabbinic intern at Har Shalom. She can be reached at laurief AT har-shalom DOT org. More than candles While we celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of the first day of Hanukkah and our beloved American Thanksgiving on Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Two Ultimate Thanksgivukkah Latke Sandwiches by Whitney Fisch

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Whitney Fisch (year ’08-’09) at Jewhungry shares these amazing Thanksgivukkah recipes… … so good! Traditions.  I’ve been thinking a lot about traditions lately.  My husband and I don’t really have a lot of traditions.  We’ve been together for five years and married for three and I feel strongly that that’s long enough to have some Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Striving to Taste Bread

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Eryn London (Summer ’06 & ’07, Community Education ’10, Year ’10-’11, Hourly ’11-’12) made Aliya from New Jersey three years ago. She is currently studying in the Manhiga Hilchatit Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, which is a 5 year advanced Halacha learning program. Beyond learning she also runs activities at a nursing home, teaches theatre, and Continue Reading »

Sarah does Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: Newsflash, last week was not the week that we read Chayei Sarah. However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t write about it this week! A few weeks ago, Pardes took students on two tiyulim, trips. One tiyul, which I went on, I already wrote about. The other tiyul was to Hebron, a city about an hour Continue Reading »

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