These and Those

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

Archive: April 2022

People of Pardes Highlights Jack Snyder

Posted on April 27, 2022 by Jack Snyder

It was a typical Tuesday morning in my middle school history classroom, and I was ready with my class plans and coffee, anticipating the day’s lesson. The students’ task for the day was to try and define “religion.” Simple, huh? The classroom environment was teeming with thoughts brought from home, synagogue, and past years at Continue Reading »

A Journey of Resilience: A Case Study of Yosef ben Yaacov

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Aviva Melissa Frank

Resilient: re·sil·ient | \ ri-ˈzil-yənt \ a: Withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture; b: Tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. A Journey of Resilience: A Case Study of Yosef ben Yaacov If we look to the Tanach, we see a Biblical ancestor/character who faced tremendous hardship yet remained resilient. Continue Reading »

Creating Community Through Zoom

Posted on June 15, 2020 by Debra Weiner-Solomont

This post was written by Debra Weiner-Solomont, MSW, Coordinator, Pardes Community Education Program. To learn more about the program please visit The last portion of the Torah – זאת הברכה has the verse which we recite each morning, as part of the morning brachot. It is also the first verse we teach our children Continue Reading »

Mahloket Matters: How Traditional Texts Can Inform Modern Civil Discourse

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Sefi Kraut

Mahloket Matters: How Traditional Texts Can Inform Modern Civil Discourse Reflections on teaching at Pardes, Summer 2019 We often think of disagreements as an unfortunate aspect of life. Yet in the tradition of the Mishna, Talmud, and Biblical commentators, mahloket l’shem shamayim (constructive disagreement) is a vital tool to generate critical thinking and personal growth. In fact, Jews Continue Reading »

New Year’s Intentions: Tefilah and Focus

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Amy Gold

This was originally distributed to the families of Epstein Hillel School, January 2, 2019. Amy Gold participated in the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative Retreat in the Boston area. To register for our June 2019 conference visit our Tefilah Education Conference for Day School Administrators homepage. January first brings New Year’s resolutions. Commercials on the radio, social Continue Reading »

Morning Mindfulness

Posted on July 19, 2015 by Juli Goodman

This post was originally published in This program is inspired by a text I learned in Yaffa Epstein’s course “Without Understanding, How Can I Pray” at the Pardes Institute this summer. I was struck by how detailed the text is with regard to the specific blessing associated with each action, as though a simple Continue Reading »