These and Those

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

Archive: May 2014

[PCJE Dvar Torah] No Accounting for Love

Posted on May 22, 2014 by Naomi Minsky

The opening chapter of Sefer Bemidbar looks like a page taken from a statistical text book. As is fitting for its English name ‘Numbers’ the majority of the chapter is a long list of numbers. The chapter describes God commanding Moses and Aaron to take a census. It continues by providing a detailed record of Continue Reading »

Why I love Limmud, Pardes and all Jewish organisations

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Since childhood I have been diagnosed with a condition known in the community as a Jewish communal organisation geek. Whether I was a participant or employee, whether I was at school, university Jewish society, synagogue, youth movement, camp, Pardes I had a tendency to get a little obsessed. My symptoms have included the following: volunteering Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Non-kosher Torah

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Why is the Torah full of such non-kosher topics? This week’s parasha contains many dramatic incidents that are certainly not for the faint hearted.  We delve into the good, the bad and the ugly. Incident number one. The story begins with a tale of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph is Jacob’s favourite child and he Continue Reading »

Parshat Noach: The Prisoner Cannot Free Himself

Posted on October 6, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Here is the dvar Torah that I presented during the Fridaynight tisch at our communal Shabbaton this weekend: Our Parasha opens with a description of Noah: ‘Noah was a tzaddik, Noah was blameless in his generation, Noah walked with G-d’. Wow, what a strong first impression to make in the Torah. נֹחַ הִתְהַלֶּךְ, -הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת Continue Reading »

Present and Accounted For

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Naomi Minsky (Year ’13, PEP ’15) came to Pardes this year for the Year Program, and will be returning next year as a member of the Pardes Educators Program! Since my teenage years I secretly wanted to pursue a career as a doctor. This is not because I am scientific and enjoy learning about the Continue Reading »

British Q&A

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Here is my presentation from the Pardes Purim spiel: In the spirit of what we learnt about conflict resolution I am going to provide feedback on how I feel and relate to the Pardes community. I will begin by outlining my expectations prior to coming here. I came to Pardes excited to learn with students Continue Reading »

The Scariest Shabbat of my Life

Posted on November 18, 2012 by Naomi Minsky

This is a note I have dreaded having to write when I decided to spend some time living in Israel. But as I am sure you are aware there has been an escalation of violence in the region. I want to let you know that I am safe and also to share with you what Continue Reading »

Introducing the Volunteering-Monitor

Posted on November 8, 2012 by Naomi Minsky

Hi Everyone, You will see on the wall that there is a volunteering monitor. Every time you volunteer please shade in a square. The aim is to get 400 hours by the 31st December to honour the memory of Ben and Marla the Pardes students who were killed during the Intifada. Below is what I Continue Reading »

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