These and Those

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

Archive: December 2015

Parshat Vayechi

Posted on December 25, 2015 by Tamar Benus

During this time of year, I always start to crave Chinese food, I have a list of holiday movies that I watch annually, and I start to reflect on my past year. I also strategically color coordinate my Chanukah candles, sing every single Chanukah song for the whole month and begin think about my Purim Continue Reading »

Yosef and the Color of the Year

Posted on December 5, 2015 by Tamar Benus

Miranda Priestly, Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada said: “…that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean.” Last week’s parsha, Parshat Vayeshev, tells the story of Yosef. Famously, Yaakov gives his son Yosef a ketonet pasim (Bereshit 37:3): וְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אָהַ֤ב אֶת־יוֹסֵף֙ מִכָּל־בָּנָ֔יו כִּֽי־בֶן־זְקֻנִ֥ים ה֖וּא ל֑וֹ וְעָ֥שָׂה Continue Reading »

Parshat Vayetzei

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Tamar Benus

The first thing I look up before I decide to travel anywhere is to check to see if: 1)there are kosher restaurants where I want to go 2) if there is a Chabad House Luckily, I have always found what I was looking for. In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Vayetzei, Yaakov is the one traveling, Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] A’cheinu, Kol Beit Yisrael

Posted on December 5, 2014 by Tamar Benus

When I was ready to enter nursery, my parents brought me into a school. First they were interviewed, and then I was. One of the first questions I was asked was, “do you have any brothers or sisters?” At the time, I had one younger brother. Rather than a yes or no to answer this Continue Reading »