These and Those

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

Archive: December 2020

Stories of Courage and Resilience – Chazak ve’ Ematz

Posted on December 13, 2020 by Alan Imar

Written by Alan Imar, ’20-’21 year student. Alan is a junior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in History and Talmud & Rabbinics. This year, he is serving on the Hillel International Student Cabinet. During the summer, Alan calls Camp Ramah in Wisconsin home. He was recently chosen Continue Reading »

Take 5 with Hannah Greenberg

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Hannah Greenberg

This Take 5 was delivered on November 26, 2020, by Pardes Center for Jewish Educators student Hannah Greenberg (Cohort 21). Additionally, she delivered a longer shiur and siyum with Sefaria on Tractate Eruvin. You can watch it here: Sefaria Siyum. To read from Hannah’s source sheet please click here.

Pardes Take 5 – Rebecca Schisler

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Rebecca Schisler

Rebecca Schisler is a Pardes Year Program Student and the Arts and Culture Fellow. She reflects on what brought her to study this year at Pardes. She delivered this “Take 5” on Thursday, February 20. Pardes has been given permission to publish it. I was invited to speak to kick off recruitment week, which got Continue Reading »

Final Take 5 of 2018-2019 with Amalia Mark

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Amalia Mark

This blog was written by Amalia Mark (PEEP ’16-’17, Year ’18-’19) “I am a product of my upbringing; a world of black hats and streimels, a world of Hassidic tales, a world of Eretz Yisrael not Medinat Yisrael, and a world of gendered lines.” Two years ago, I stood in the same spot, at this Continue Reading »

What it was like for me as a parent on this retreat with my daughter

Posted on February 4, 2019 by Charles Marder

I want to attempt to describe an experience that words cannot adequately do justice. When my daughter Laura suggested I come join her on her third time attending Awakening the Divine: The Pardes Spirituality retreat co-sponsored by Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and NYU, I said “I think so”, but I already Continue Reading »

Breathing Space of a Personal Shemitah

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Rachel Dingman

Life can only be perfected through the affording of a breathing space from the bustle of everyday life. The individual shakes himself free from ordinary weekday life at short and regular intervals – on every Sabbath… What the Sabbath achieves regarding the individual, the Shemitah achieves with regard to the nation as a whole. – Continue Reading »

Diversifying the Meaning of Home

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Carrie Watkins

I AM DIVERSIFYING THE MEANING OF HOME A Seven Word Story: I am diversifying the meaning of home. I feel at home In this homesickness, finding Comfort in longing I travel onwards Metaphor and love guiding Water after rain I have diversified the meaning of home In the taste of kedem grape juice on shabbat Continue Reading »