These and Those

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

Archive: December 2017

#MeToo: Power, Agency, Voice and Consent in the Book of Genesis

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Jamie Bornstein

In light of the #MeToo campaign and the ongoing soul searching that we are doing as a country about sexual harassment, I have shared some thoughts below on Parashat Vayera, the fourth Torah portion of Sefer Bereishit, the Book of Genesis. In this Torah portion there is a very jarring string of sexually charged scenarios, Continue Reading »

The Cubs Win! Baruch HaShem?

Posted on November 20, 2016 by Jamie Bornstein

This blog was originally posted on Times of Israel. I’m staring intently at one of the 40 flat screen TV’s in a standing-room only sports bar in Skokie, IL, and I stand out like a sore thumb. In the mob surrounding me, every soul, patron and server, is laden with Cubs gear. I, on the other Continue Reading »

Meaning for Sale

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Jamie Bornstein

In his writings, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describes God as the ineffable – that which can be experienced and perceived, but which cannot be adequately described. Rabbi Heschel calls our attention to something stunning and unique to the human condition. While we can only see a definable fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, and can only Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Ruin Your Life for the Better

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Jamie Bornstein

“Zvi ruined my life.” That was the common refrain heard in the hallways of Pardes at the conclusion of Rabbi Zvi Wolff’s class in 2005. Said with a shake of the head and a smile, we uttered these ironic words with love. We even considered making t-shirts. For several hours every week the brilliant Rabbi Continue Reading »

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