These and Those

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

Tag Archives: family

נח

Posted on October 28, 2011 by Barer

The end of this week’s parsha, like last week’s, details the lineages leading to the main protagonists of Bereishit, mainly those of Noach’s children.  Unsurprisingly, for those who know the story that comes next, the lineages rush through the generations in between Noach and Avram and then slow down just in time to talk about Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Kalie Kelman on Poland Trip

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Barer

For most of college, I yearned for a strong cultural connection. My freshman year, I went to Cost Rica, and so I became fascinated with Central America. I started learning Spanish, and it was all very interesting but it wasn’t something to which I could personally connect. Then sophomore year, I took a class in Continue Reading »

Welcome Home Gilad

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today is an amazing day for Israel and Israelis. Gilad Shalit who was was imprisoned in Gaza by Hamas for over five years, 1,941 days, was freed this morning after long negotiations in a prisoner exchange. 1,027 prisoners were released from Israel for Gilad’s return. Many people are upset about the exchange, saying how could Continue Reading »

מסעי

Posted on July 28, 2011 by Barer

This week we wrap up the book of Bamidbar (Numbers), chronicling the journeys the Israelites undertook in the desert.  The final verses bring us back to an episode first encountered a few weeks ago, the daughters of Tzelophchad.  This time, spokesmen approach Moshe and the elders on their behalf.  They worry is that, once the Continue Reading »

Shrine of the Book – Postcard Commentary #4

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Daniel Weinreb

3. The stairs connecting the upper plaza to the shrine’s entrance resemble those in a mikveh excavated at Qumran. Ritual life in Jerusalem is like nothing I have experienced elsewhere. The mikveh on the front of this card is only one part of life here that is enveloped in symbolic acts. The food in Jerusalem Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] What’s in a Name?

Posted on June 19, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, As some of you may know, I’m still in Jerusalem and about to complete my final project at Pardes. Although it is a bit bizarre to learn in the Pardes building with many of my friends, colleagues and teachers missing, I have enjoyed studying Torah lishma (for its own/Heaven’s sake) and participating in Continue Reading »

By their families and their ancestral houses

Posted on June 9, 2011 by Pious Antic

Last week, I spoke briefly at Pardes’ closing lunch, and I have adapted what I remember of them, since I never actually got around to typing them up ahead of time, here: Two years ago, when I first arrived at Pardes, I was struck by something our dean, David Bernstein said during one of the Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Jon Leener: Real Blessings

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Joel D.

בהר, behar

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

Some of us grew up in childhood homes, to whose rooms we can still return.   family photos still adorn the staircase.  glass jars still line the counter.  crayon is still scrawled on the walls marking our growth through our youth.  yet, for many of us, that idealic home is long since gone.  we have moved.  Continue Reading »