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

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Week 27: Purim

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Derek Kwait

[Note: By request of the powers that be, all names in this blog post have been changed to protect the innocent.] It’s never easy to decide what you want to be for Purim. This year especially, limited funds combined with the sense of competition that comes from being surrounded by extremely clever people all day Continue Reading »

Sleepy Seuda in PJ’s!

Posted on March 11, 2012 by Laura Marder

After a night of crazy Shushan Purim it was so nice to get together with people from Pardes and re-live the night before. Kendra, Nikki and I had a great time prepping hard for our Seuda and it was all well worth it. My living room was filled with fun breakfast food, mimosa’s, balloons, hamentashen Continue Reading »

כי תשא

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Barer

In reading this week’s parsha, which describes the events surrounding the sin of the Golden Calf, one question continued to nag at me.  Why does Moshe break the tablets upon seeing the Israelites worshiping the Golden Calf?  The answer many of us grew up with is that Moshe came upon the scene and was so Continue Reading »

Megillah with Brill Wings

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Austin C.

Fellow Pardesniks!! For those of you who did not catch it on Facebook, check this out: Like the title says, it is Pardes alum (and my very good friend) Dan Brill (Year Program, ’09-’10) performing his song, ‘Megillah With Brill Wings’ to the tune of ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ by the Smashing Pumpkins. Enjoy! Purim Continue Reading »

Happy Purim from Pennsylvania

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

Me with my youngest “sister” =)

Silent Auction Items for Purim!

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Kalie

Written by ANDREW LUSTIG: The people have spoken… AND THEY’VE BEEN HEARD. So, below I’ve listed all the impressive items and services for Thursday night’s Silent Auction, which will immediately follow megilla reading. Remember, there will be 5 very special items to be auctioned off LIVE during the shpiel as well. For now, those will Continue Reading »

Haman and Mordechai: A Third Story

Posted on March 6, 2012 by Eliyahu B.

Cross-posted from my Facebook note. In my Peace and Conflict class today we wrote what is called a “Third Story” regarding Amalek (the nation whose descendants have plagued Israel with wars and attempted exterminations). Here is what a Third Story is, and then I will share my “Third Story” of the conflict between Haman and Continue Reading »

Week 23: Planting Seeds

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) Some of my fondest Jewish childhood memories are of Tu B’Shvat. Every year in Sunday School, we at Beth Israel Center threw a huge seder, with tens of species of exotic and familiar fruits, and a student-made Hagadda. Every year I looked forward to watching the grape Continue Reading »

Sh’mot, Pardes, and I

Posted on January 13, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) Last year on Parshat Sh’mot, I gave the following speech at Young People’s Synagogue where I announced my intention to apply to Pardes for the coming year. As it turns out, once I got to Pardes, I spent most of the first semester in Chumash studying Parshat Continue Reading »

’11 Pardes Chanukkah Song

Posted on January 9, 2012 by S. Rotenberg

This song was created at the Pardes Hanukkah party in Sam Rotenberg’s music shiur. The singers on the track are (in order in which they sing on the track) Austin Clar, Roy Camarillo, Adir Berkowitz, and Sarah Gunning. Lyrics were written by the class, as well as Suzi Brozman, who put her great writing skills Continue Reading »