These and Those

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

Archive: January 2013

Abraham’s Family (A Prose Poem)

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Shanee Michaelson

This is a poem inspired by what I’ve been learning in Daniel Roth’s Chumash / Mediation class. I read it on our last day of class this semester. Abraham’s Family (a prose poem) Isaac have I loved for he has filled my days with laughter and through him God heard my cry giving me a Continue Reading »

Jerusalem: Pulled to a Place

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

During the summer of 2011, I was a recovering attorney who had just completed a year teaching in Jewish early childhood education. I felt a calling towards deepening my own formal Jewish education and learned at Pardes for 3 weeks. I was exposed to the tip of an iceberg of knowledge of every imaginable sort. Continue Reading »

Finland Song

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

From issues like homelessness to workers’ rights, social justice has been an interest of mine for several years. A few years ago, I wrote a song which addresses related issues as well as the idea that one country could be a place where “social justice for all” was a reality. Currently I study in the Continue Reading »

Genesis/ בראשית

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

In discussion with my chevrutah, we posited that the snake character of the narrative was rather puzzling. Why would a snake be in conversation with human beings? Moreover, why would a snake have such a pivotal role in גן עדן setting off a series of events and changing the course of humankind? We came to Continue Reading »

My Dvar Torah from the Shabbaton

Posted on September 16, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

“Atem Nitzavim Hayom Kulchem.” You stand this day, all of you. All of us are standing together today in Jerusalem. From small towns, larger cities, from North America and from Europe. Having grown up in different Jewish denominations, or unaffiliated, whether Ashkenazic or Sephardic, Reform or Orthodox,We have come here together, to this unique country Continue Reading »

shabbat shalom

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

I find myself counting down to Shabbat this week, longing for that peacefulness and a little time to rest. Here’s a poem I wrote a few years ago that was originally published in Hazon He-ATID, the Friday Night Live prayer book of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. shabbat shalom on nights when the air is Continue Reading »

last night

Posted on March 31, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

last night twenty shekel flew out of my pocket I reached inside. there were only scrabble pieces, enough to spell out my name shin-nun-yud someone called out for me. I turned, a strange girl wore my face meow another wandering Yerushalmi

you are wonderful, like horoscopes

Posted on March 4, 2012 by Shanee Michaelson

tribute to Yehuda Amichai   calm, like the stillness after rain with eyes like lonely lilies your laughter and speech are ancient fashions from a book of other things.   you are wonderful like horoscopes that never come true. I can find the brightest star with your fingers, strong and broken.   there is so Continue Reading »

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