These and Those

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

Tag Archives: contrast / compare

[Living with Judaism] Thanksgivikkah

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Elana Shilling

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Finding Blessing in Struggle

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Dita Ribner Cooper

During a hike outside of Jerusalem on our first Pardes shabbaton I found myself walking behind two people that had just met. Like all first meetings go, they each introduced themselves, asked where the other was from, and where the other person was living during his/her year in Pardes. It was the beginning of what Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Girl Fight

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Elana Shilling

I don’t really know what happens when two men fight, having never been a man and thus never had a man fight. But alas! After painstaking research via observation of the male species, surveying video clips on the popular site YouTube, and absorbing pop culture, I have managed to create what I believe to be Continue Reading »

Three Women of Jerusalem

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

(Read it on my blog) A Haredi, a kibbutznik, and a Muslim walk into a bar. (beat) Mashiach comes!! Well, I don’t know what would actually happen; I never actually saw the three of them in the same room at the same time. And now for some context: This Tuesday, I went on a tiyul with Continue Reading »

Hebron: Blessing the Bad

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Ben Schneider

It was difficult to go to pray this morning after visiting Hebron yesterday. I’ll write more later about our meeting with the spokesman of the Hebron Jewish community, but suffice to say that I questioned him enough to wonder how we are part of the same people and praying to the same God for assistance. Continue Reading »

Parshat Noach: The Prisoner Cannot Free Himself

Posted on October 6, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Here is the dvar Torah that I presented during the Fridaynight tisch at our communal Shabbaton this weekend: Our Parasha opens with a description of Noah: ‘Noah was a tzaddik, Noah was blameless in his generation, Noah walked with G-d’. Wow, what a strong first impression to make in the Torah. נֹחַ הִתְהַלֶּךְ, -הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת Continue Reading »

Blogging Between Classes

Posted on October 2, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From my blog: Post College learning is incomparable to undergrad. It’s not even a question. If I were to sum up my undergrad formalized learning experience in one word, honestly, I would use coasting. I kind of floated through my classes, tried just hard enough to make it by, and instead focused my efforts on Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Okay. So, what now?

Posted on September 29, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Daniel Shibley (Year ’11, Fellows ’12) reflects: Whether you are in the diaspora or Israel, all of the holidays in this season have come to a close. Although we may joke about them finally being over and the relief therein, every year at this point, I experience a quasi-withdrawl syndrome. The following is an attempt Continue Reading »

You’re not 22 – Let’s Hang Out!

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: Sometimes, hanging out with people my own age is just too hard. And I think I’ve figured out why: The stakes are just too high. With people my own age, there is potential for deep friendship, romance, and a whole lot of fun; there is also potential for a whole lot of Continue Reading »

Tu b’Av: The Cure

Posted on July 19, 2013 by Charlie Carnow

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said, ‘There were no greater festive days in Israel than the fifteenth day of Av and Yom Kippurim, when the daughters of Jerusalem would go out in borrowed white dresses so as not to embarrass those who didn’t have their own” (Mishnah Ta’anit 4:7) Ask in America (and maybe across the Continue Reading »