These and Those

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

Archive: December 2016

‘Relics for the Present, Vol. II’ Is a Must-Read

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Jeremy Borovitz

This post was originally published in the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Click here for the article. When I first started seriously learning Talmud a few years ago, I was still somewhat intimidated by the multi-tome text, which spelled out many of the roots of Jewish observance. In a language I hadn’t encountered since high Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Getting “The Call”

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Jeremy Borovitz

And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you” Bereishit 12:1 It all seems a little bit redundant, doesn’t it? Why couldn’t Abram have just been told to go forth, or go forth from his land, Continue Reading »

I remember the first time I saw her.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Jeremy Borovitz

The bus dropped Tamilla and I off in the middle of nowhere, a stop by the side of the road with fields of something green to the left and fields of something yellow to the right. It took another couple minutes for us to lug away the bags of stuff filled with clothes which I Continue Reading »

Go To the Square – The Situation in Ukraine

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Jeremy Borovitz

This is going to be very long, but here are my thoughts on Ukraine: I was sitting at my mother’s desk, obsessively scanning my news feed and hitting refresh on the Kyiv Post’s homepage, when I realized I had to go to Ukraine to see it for myself. I lived in Ukraine for nearly three Continue Reading »

Shtetl Nostalgia

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Jeremy Borovitz

I’ve been suffering for some years now from a self prescribed disease known as “Shtetl Nostalgia.” Perhaps unique to 4th generation Ashkenazi Jewish Americans of the Galician frontier, it mainly consists of an intense longing for a time and a place that I never knew and that wasn’t nearly anything like I imagine. Yet I’m Continue Reading »

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