These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Hebron

Don’t Ruin a Good Story with Facts!

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Bruce Spierer

I often struggle with accepting Rabbinic interpretations and authority to define halacha and therefore how Judaism has been practiced for two thousand years. In the past, I’ve felt that if I can’t accept the Rabbinic narrative as an absolute, transcendent truth, then I cannot completely immerse myself in Judaism. For most of my life, doubting Continue Reading »

Seeing Hebron

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Isaac Brosilow

Our day began with a speaker from B’tselem, an Israeli organization that documents human rights abuses in the West Bank. Sweat stains gathered around the speaker’s armpits and across his stomach. He communicated information without emotion. I struggled to connect with facts that I have heard so many times before. I recalled the first time Continue Reading »

Questions with Question Marks

Posted on November 19, 2019 by Lara Rodin

Written by Lara Rodin, PEP ’18-’20. This was previously published on her blog VaYehi Torah. Dear Family and Friends, Our day began with a reminder: that questions have a question mark on the end of them. When taking a diverse group like Pardes to Chevron to hear from perhaps an even more diverse array of narratives, Continue Reading »

The Panel

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Alana Bandos

Today at Pardes, we had a faculty panel about the conflict and two related day trips- one to Hevron and the other a tour of 3 vastly different cities (a Charedi village, secular Kibbutz, and Arab-Israeli village). On the panel sat Meir Schweiger, Rahel Berkovits, Tovah Leah Nachmani, and Daniel Roth, four incredible teachers from Continue Reading »

[PCJE] Hebron

Posted on November 9, 2014 by Geo Poor

Four Men stood before the Watchers the angels placed by God to observe and record      the deeds      the facts of all that walk this Earth

[PCJE D’var Torah] Vayera: looking for understanding

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Mollie Feldman

Writing this blog post comes directly on the heels of a Pardes tiyul to Hebron. This was my first visit to Hebron, although far from my first difficult confrontation with or conversation about the current political situation in Israel. The soul searching, questioning, despair, and hope that inevitably follows this sort of trip (and – Continue Reading »

Breaking the Silence or Stopping the Noise

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Michael Sager

Originally posted on my blog at Times of Israel. Today at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, where I am a student, we heard speakers about Hebron, the occupation, and the IDF. One of these was Shai Davidovich, educational director of the group Breaking the Silence. I asked him a question. Not very well. I tried to explain my problem. Continue Reading »

The Patriarch’s Plea, or: Abraham’s Moment of Doubt and Pain

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Benjamin Friedman

Performed on the Negev tiyulduring the Talent Show: I sat in fire with my faith I smashed the idols of my race I left the land of father’s rules To wander far and play the fool Against great doubts I had to fight All to be keep your vision bright To keep you fixed within Continue Reading »

Sarah does Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 11, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From my blog: Newsflash, last week was not the week that we read Chayei Sarah. However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t write about it this week! A few weeks ago, Pardes took students on two tiyulim, trips. One tiyul, which I went on, I already wrote about. The other tiyul was to Hebron, a city about an hour Continue Reading »

Hebron: Chayei Sarah Dvar Torah

Posted on October 27, 2013 by Ben Schneider

Based on a Dvar Torah I delivered this Friday night. I was surprised that I was able to connect with prayer at the Cave of Machpelah. By the time we reached the cave on Tuesday, we had been in Hebron for about five hours. We had toured the city, met with the spokesman of the Continue Reading »