These and Those

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

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[Alumni Post] Yeshiva Attack

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Barer

This testimonial was written by Pardes alumnus Daniel Schwartz (Year ’10-’11): Jeff’s reaction to Orthodox Paradox? Noah Feldman had been too easy on the yeshivas of his youth. I can’t help but look back on the bulk of my yeshiva education with bitterness. My teachers smoothed over all the tensions that animate contemporary Judaism, petrifying Continue Reading »

Poland II

Posted on March 27, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

(The second in a series of 5 posts detailing my heritage trip to Poland… originally posted on my blog) ___________________ Gone Now are Those Little Towns “Gone now are those little towns where the shoemaker was a poet, the watchmaker a philosopher, the barber a troubadour…” –Antoni Sionimski, “Elegy for the Jewish Villages” Tykocin

Faces of Pardes: Meet Chef David Berman

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Suzi

By Suzi Brozman If you read Leah Stern’s recent blog entry on Pardes’ catering manager David S. Berman, you’ve got an idea how eloquent a speaker he is. Anyone entering Pardes is immediately aware of the aromas of delicious things-to-come emanating from David’s kitchen (more on that later). The Pardes kitchen is a one-man show. Continue Reading »

CATA vs. Egged

Posted on January 12, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

Originally posted here.   For the past 7 years, I’ve lived in the little town of State College, Pennsylvania. One of the primary modes of transportation around the Penn State campus is the CATA bus system. If you’re not familiar with it, allow me to paint a picture: The bus makes two loops around campus: Continue Reading »

Hamsas

Posted on December 25, 2011 by Cheryl Stone

Street Scene: Pardes Edition – Naomi Zaslow

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Nikki Fig

By Nikki Fig  She’s fun, she’s spunky, and her upbeat attitude can turn any frown upside down. Meet Naomi Zaslow, a 25-year old University of Michigan grad who spent the past 2 years teaching English in South Korea. I sat down to get this well-travelled scholar’s take on fashion and understand how her personal taste Continue Reading »

A New Greenback

Posted on November 20, 2011 by Shibley

Nope, not about freshly printed U.S. dollars, but it got your attention! Nearly two weeks ago we began adding the request for rain to our daily prayers. Within hours, there was a torrential downpour, with a brilliant lightening display and booming thunder. This grand display of the awesome power of nature was certainly awe inspiring. Continue Reading »

Olive Harvest

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Nikki Fig

I recently had the pleasure of joining Rabbis for Human Rights on an olive harvest in the Shomron Valley. I didn’t attend the trip to make a political statement, but simply saw my presence as an opportunity to help a farmer make an honest living. Anyone who knows me knows that rustling through olive trees Continue Reading »

Secular Sukkah

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Shibley

Sukkot has been over for a week and a half, but there is one more element that I observed and would like to share. The secular sukkah. It was not surprising to find sukkot in areas like the ultra-Orthodox Mea She’arim, or even in the more Modern Orthodox/Dati neighborhoods, like the one where I live. Continue Reading »

Hello to Israel—Notes from a First Time Visitor

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Suzi

Here’s something I wrote on my first day in Israel, standing at the Kotel, my hand pressed against the stones and clutching my steno pad.  I couldn’t seem to let go of the ancient wall.  I thought I’d publish this on These&Those, and challenge y’all to share your own first impressions of the country. On Sunday, June Continue Reading »