These and Those

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

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Humorous Purim Videos

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Ben Macdonald

Here are the videos that I made for the 2013 Purim Shpiel: 1.

[Alumni Guest Post] My Pardes Experience by Eric Brief

Posted on March 8, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Eric Brief (Yr. 2008-09) sent us the following reflection of his year at Pardes to post on These&Those! Check out his blog to see his beautiful art and weekly divrei Torah! If I remember anything about my experience at Pardes it is that I got more than I could have ever imagined. I’m not exactly Continue Reading »

Faux Pardes Admissions Interview

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Daniella Adler

This was first presented at the Pardes Purim spiel…

You’re at Pardes, Charlie Brown

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Derek Kwait

My skit from the Purim Shpiel. Script is included below the video.

[Alumni Guest Post] Purim as Israelis

Posted on February 23, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Stef (Year ’07, PEP ’07-’09) and Matt (Year ’07) celebrate Purim in Haifa! Purim is here!  Which means lots of dressing up in costumes.  In many cultures there seems to be at least one calendar day dedicated to dressing up in costumes: Holloween, Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, Carnival in Brazil, and Purim here Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] My First Biblical Love

Posted on February 22, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Please enjoy this Dvar Torah by Mordechai Rackover (PEP ’03)! Mordechai Rackover is a Pardes Alum, a member of the PEP 3rd Cohort. He currently lives in Providence, RI with his wife Nechama Lea and their four kids. He is the associate university chaplain for the Jewish community of Brown University and the Rabbi of Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Shabbat Zachor by Aliza Geller

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Aliza Geller

This weekend, Parashat Tetzaveh, Shabbat Zachor is my Bat Mitzvah portion. When I was 12 years old, I wrote a dvar Torah about the maftir and haftarah. The reason this made sense, is that Shabbat Zachor is one of four Shabbatot where the maftir aliyah is from a different place in the Torah. In this Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Purim: Doors Closing, Doors Opening

Posted on February 21, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

In a special Podcast, Rabbi Daniel Landes discusses Purim in Doors Closing, Doors Opening. Purim ’73 Chag Purim Sameakh!

[Alumni Guest Post] Purim Rap: A Jewish Thrift Shop Parody (Purim Song)

Posted on February 21, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Matt Rissien (Year ’08) shares his new Purim RAP:

Why Fast for Ta’anit Esther?

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Annie Matan Gilbert

This fast comes in contrast with the feasting of Purim to come. In the Purim story, Esther asked Mordechai to ask the Jews to fast for three days. Some texts say this is because they were preparing for battle and others say this was to invoke God’s help and protection. There are two Hebrew words Continue Reading »