These and Those

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

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[Take 5] My Poland Trip in Perspective

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

This past Sunday night was Simchat Torah. I spent the evening in the Pardes beit midrash, dancing and singing, along with many of you. The energy in the room was palpable, and filled me up with a feeling of pure joy. I experienced a particularly moving moment when the singing shifted to “Am Yisrael Chai: Continue Reading »

Finding Home (Again)

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Andrew Lustig

I’m back in New York Which is kind of depressing. I wish I wasn’t… But I’m kind of stressing.   People dress too nice. They make fun of my hair. And when I wear my Moshiach flag Well… people stare.   People here don’t know me. Like my Pardes friends do. They just see my Continue Reading »

Are you a Lonely Man or a Social Man?

Posted on May 17, 2012 by Ma'ayan Dyer

As most of my fellow Pardesnicks have probably gathered at this late date in the semester, I’m what one might call “quiet.” It’s not that I don’t speak up in class or won’t engage in conversation (if you strike one up first, of course). Rather, my quietness is an overall demeanor. I’m not a smiley Continue Reading »

Week 36: From Silence to Song

Posted on May 14, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(Mostly X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) The weekend before last was the retreat Shabbaton for Self, Soul, and Text class at Kibbutz Hanaton, our teacher James’ home, in the Galil. The schedules Friday and Saturday were nearly identical, each day going like: 9-9:45: Sit. 9:45-10:30: Walk. 10:30-11:15: Sit. 11:15-12:30: Lunch. 12:30-1:15-Sit. It Continue Reading »

Week 31: The Incoming Tide

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Derek Kwait

Long story short, I was accepted to be a Pardes Fellow next year, charged to be a leader in the community and run the blog while getting paid a generous stipend. Of course this is what I wanted to do, but the question keeping me up at night was whether or not it is what Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Teach the Way You Daven

Posted on March 21, 2012 by Esther Mazal

Since I lifted off from the Holy Land on February 23th, life has definitely been a whirlwind on what I affectionately like to refer to as “My Whirlwind North American Tour” (sounds snazzy, huh?). From New York City to Boston to Detroit (to Toronto for an impromptu drop-in in my hometown, then back to Detroit Continue Reading »

A Shtender Bender

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Leah Stern

Most people have never even heard the word shtender. They think I am making up a pretend word, though to my knowledge it is Yiddish. I said it recently to an Israeli friend and the closest word I could use to explain it was the word מעמד, which means a stand, but that isn’t even Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Checking in from San Fran!

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Cheryl Stone

By Cheryl Stone I’ve observed tons of classes (my mentor is taking that part of her assignment very seriously, no down time to work on prep for me)! In Adv. Tanach, I got to see a great way to use Moodle and Google Docs to get kids started on their DoNows, review the material, get Continue Reading »

Valley Forge and arriving in Philadelphia

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

My dad and I left Friday morning to drive to Philadelphia. It was a wonderful trip since I normally live in Israel and we only see each other once a year! It was really a treat to spend some time with him! We stopped in Hershey, PA for the night and then went to Valley Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Student Teaching, I

Posted on February 29, 2012 by W. Keller

By William Keller Last year, student teaching at Lander Grinspoon Academy, I was thrown into teaching on my first day. Although I was flustered by the flurry of activity I wasn’t ready for, I felt like I was a part of the school immediately.  Here at Maimo everybody has been welcoming, but for the most Continue Reading »