These and Those

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

Archive: September 2011

[PEP Student] Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech: Double Hitter

Posted on September 23, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well. For those of you who don’t know, I had a computer “emergency” last week – my laptop fell at school and I had to replace my hard drive. So due to technical difficulties, no dvar Torah last week. My apologies. Trust me, I wish I would have Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Sustainability

Posted on August 20, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Thank God I made it through my first full week in Chicago! Busy with staff training, learning the neighbourhood and tying up loose ends, I’m happy to report that things are starting to fall into place. I’m grateful for all the support in and outside Chicago – you know who you are! This week, Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Little Me

Posted on August 14, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week I was flabbergasted by how much the parsha spoke to my own life. This week I began to trek out to start my new job and life in Chicago. I was anxious about the border control- you know how they can be sometimes…red tape, and all. As I approached the control Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] The Torah

Posted on August 6, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I am writing to you this week from my home in Toronto. It’s hard to believe that July has come and gone and the summer is starting to come to a close. I know none of us want to hear that, but it’s the truth. If you think July flew by, August will Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Fluidity and Dynamism

Posted on July 23, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week I read the parsha ‘cover to cover’ and am stumped. There is a lot to talk about in the parsha: the status of women in Jewish (biblical) law, a gruesome (and vengeful) battle against idolators and the decision of two tribes to settle outside the Land of Israel. But somehow as Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Stand Tall

Posted on July 16, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Tonight I am writing to you from my backyard in Toronto. It’s not exactly Jerusalem, but the weather is pleasant as the sun sets and the birds are chirping. Literally. I can’t really tell if I’m ‘acclimatized’ to Toronto – not just in the meteorological sense – but so far, so good. Now Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Thank God for Donkeys!

Posted on July 8, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week I have been blown away by the ways in which God (the forces of the Universe/nature, if you prefer) works, sometimes mysteriously and other times very inconspicuously. I’m not one to believe in signs or superstitions but sometimes you can’t ignore experiences that awaken and speak to your emotions and thoughts. Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Think A Little Less. Do A Lot More.

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week, I write to you for the last time sitting in my kitchen in Jerusalem. Or at least this particular kitchen in Jerusalem! Two years of blissful study and personal growth are finally coming to a close, as this is my last Shabbat in Jerusalem for some time. I know that I Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Community Building: By Width, Not Height.

Posted on June 23, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends,   The scene: the Pardes bet midrash. The time: Thursday afternoon, an hour or so after class dismissal. The players: a bunch of students and big pile of books. Oddly I find myself at home in this lonely place. The books and the buzz of learning, although minimal as it is “off season” Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] What’s in a Name?

Posted on June 19, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, As some of you may know, I’m still in Jerusalem and about to complete my final project at Pardes. Although it is a bit bizarre to learn in the Pardes building with many of my friends, colleagues and teachers missing, I have enjoyed studying Torah lishma (for its own/Heaven’s sake) and participating in Continue Reading »

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