These and Those

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

Archive: May 2012

Brainwashing

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Nikki Fig

As many in the Pardes community know, my year at Pardes has been decidedly unique. I originally only intended to stay through Elul, but every month I decided I would stay “for one more month.” My unwillingness to leave led my family and friends in America to conclude that I must be being “brainwashed”. This Continue Reading »

Street Scene: Pardes Edition – Naomi Zaslow

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Nikki Fig

By Nikki Fig  She’s fun, she’s spunky, and her upbeat attitude can turn any frown upside down. Meet Naomi Zaslow, a 25-year old University of Michigan grad who spent the past 2 years teaching English in South Korea. I sat down to get this well-travelled scholar’s take on fashion and understand how her personal taste Continue Reading »

Street Scene: Pardes Edition – Andrew Lustig

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Nikki Fig

By Nikki Fig Here at Pardes we are our own little melting pot. From a student’s religious observance to their personal style, there really isn’t a prototypical Pardesian. This new blog series will give you a glimpse of our motley crew by featuring a different student every week along with a short interview about the Continue Reading »

Tiyul Talent Show

Posted on November 29, 2011 by Nikki Fig

During last week’s Negev Tiyul, I had the pleasure of hosting the annual Pardes talent show. After 14 acts, I am honored (and surprised) to report that there were zero cringe-worthy moments and plenty of awe-inspired gasps. In other words, Pardes is rockin’ with some serious talent! Kalie Kelman and Aliza Berger were able to Continue Reading »

Olive Harvest

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Nikki Fig

I recently had the pleasure of joining Rabbis for Human Rights on an olive harvest in the Shomron Valley. I didn’t attend the trip to make a political statement, but simply saw my presence as an opportunity to help a farmer make an honest living. Anyone who knows me knows that rustling through olive trees Continue Reading »

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