These and Those

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

Archive: June 2013

[PEEP Graduation ’13] Athletes of God

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Leah Kahn

Here is my dvar Torah from the PCJE Graduation ceremony! Martha Graham was one of the sages, entrepreneurs and Rebbes of modern dance. Says Graham: “I believe that we learn by practice. It is the performance of a dedicated, precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of Continue Reading »

Black Bean & Quinoa Soup

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Leah Kahn

A fun soup for spring with some mexican flavors that we can’t get at restaurants in Jerusalem!

‘Rodef Shalom’ Pilot Program for Hillel Professionals

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Leah Kahn

Leah Kahn is a Campus Professional Fellow within The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, a current student within the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and former Director of Engagement, University of Chicago Hillel from 2005-2011. I know from firsthand experience that Hillel professionals are very busy managing multiple projects at once and don’t Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Mishpatim: Seeing our Personal God (by Leah Kahn)

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Leah Kahn

In last week’s Parsha, Yitro, we left B’nei Yisrael at Mt. Sinai, having just received the Ten Commandments directly from the mouth of God. Most would agree that they are reasonable commandments, which aim to help this newly freed people maintain order and positive values as a newly minted nation. Switching gears immediately from the Continue Reading »

A Recipe for Tu b’Shevat

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Leah Kahn

This recipe has some middle eastern flair but is also a good recipe for spring because it has some detoxifying ingredients, especially in the greens. There is also a great deal of fiber in the beans and red rice, and if you are sick of tahini, this recipe offers a new spin on the middle Continue Reading »

Vegan Recipes

Posted on December 27, 2012 by Leah Kahn

For those of you who think being vegan means eating carrots and seeds all the time, this recipe should help to quickly dispel that crazy myth! These sloppy joes are full of flavor, and the best part is you can use 2 thick slices of challah as the bread. I suggest Garlic Curry Fries as Continue Reading »

Book Review: ‘Relics for the Present’

Posted on October 21, 2012 by Leah Kahn

When I read Relics for the Present, I am quickly enamored with the ancient wisdom of our tradition. Levi Cooper intricately and intelligently interlaces the p’shat of the text together with the interpretations of a variety of commentators, which results in meaningful interpretations that the Talmidei Chachamim may have actually wished to convey to future Continue Reading »

The Original Jewish Snowflake

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Leah Kahn

Here’s the photo of the actual Jewish snowflake that I mentioned in my post:

Symbolism: Reflections on my Pardes Poland Trip

Posted on September 8, 2012 by Leah Kahn

In looking back at our Poland Heritage Trip in January, it’s quite difficult to fathom just how much we witnessed in 5 short days. We began with the colorful tapestry of Jewish life that existed in Warsaw and Lublin, which was hardly a foreshadowing of what was to come. We tapped into the spirituality of Continue Reading »

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