These and Those

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

Tag Archives: authenticity

[Alumni Guest Post] The Word “Jew”

Posted on December 20, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Originally posted on the Ayeka blog By Aryeh Ben David (Year ’80): Sometimes I start a workshop by asking people if they know what the word “Jew” means. It is amazing how many people do not know what it means. I checked a few encyclopedias, googled it, and was surprised to see how many theories Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Aryeh Ben David – What is Spiritual Education?

Posted on December 3, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Posted by Aryeh Ben David (Year ’80) On the Ayeka Blog: (These thoughts were influenced by Parker Palmer’s A Life Unidvided) Holding the space for souls to reveal. Soul evoking soul. If I had to summarize Judaism in a sentence it might be: souls evoking souls. Sympathetic vibrations of our souls. First – I pluck Continue Reading »

Authentically Now

Posted on November 27, 2012 by David Bogomolny

Evan was my first flatmate in Israel; he and I studied at Pardes together, and we had plenty of conversations about our shared Jewish heritage over the course of that year. He had fond childhood memories of his grandfather, a traditional, American shul-going Jew, and recalled the smell and texture of the tallit that he had worn at Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Kyle Lebell

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Barer

Kyle was raised in Berkeley, CA to a father who had rejected his Jesuit upbringing and faith altogether, but remained knowledgeable through his work as a publisher of religious books, and a Jewish mother who did not have a strong traditional upbringing.  While Judaism as such did not play a positive, central role in her Continue Reading »

‘Encounter’ing and Machloket

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Jackie F.

I made aliyah in August 2009, after completing my MPA at Columbia University, knowing that I wanted to come to Israel and use my degree to make a positive difference in the future of the Jewish people. Today I do that through my studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and work Continue Reading »

Impressions, Poland: Day V, and… Authenticity

Posted on February 16, 2010 by David Bogomolny

This will likely be my final note on the Pardes ’10 Poland Trip. We’ll see. Much of what I’ve reflected upon has been inspired by R. Levi Cooper, and I’m particularly appreciative of his emphasis on the wealth of Eastern European Jewish culture before the Shoah. We spent much of our final day touring the Continue Reading »