These and Those

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

Tag Archives: idealism

What if life was like this all the time, everywhere?

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Andrea Wiese

I was recently in Istanbul with the group of students from Pardes and I stayed after to see my friends who are living there. (Six years ago I lived and studied in Istanbul.) I stayed in my friend’s apartment and I stayed through another Shabbat. At first I was nervous because I didn’t want anyone Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] The Driver’s Seat

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Ariel Eliach Forman

This weeks Parsha marks the beginning of the Israelites impending enslavement in Egypt. It also happens to be a portion of the Tanach that I have long struggled with. After Yoseph finally reveals himself to his brothers, he reassures them that God in fact sent him to Egypt initially, to be in a position to Continue Reading »

To Feel – To Know

Posted on June 2, 2013 by David Bogomolny

Here is the reflection I shared at Community Lunch last week- One of the many things that I tell people when discussing Pardes is that I wanted to study here before I ever knew that Pardes existed. As a college student I started wearing a kippah publicly before I had any idea what halakha was Continue Reading »

Social Justice Today: Peah and Leket

Posted on December 22, 2012 by Adam L Masser

The Torah presents an idealized world in Eretz Yisrael. It describes an agricultural society with certain egalitarian features and a strong ethic of taking care of each other. Everyone has an inherited plot of land, sufficient to support a family. The Israelites are even told by G-d to trust that there will be enough food Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

It’s kinda funny for us to think of Megan Dyer (Spring ’12) as an alum because she’s coming back to Pardes in January… Nonetheless, here is another “alumni” guest post from Megan! We’re looking forward to her continued blogging when she returns home to Jerusalem! A couple of weeks ago, I posted in this very Continue Reading »

Struggle is a Shared Value

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Kayla Higgins

(Cross-posted from Interfaith Youth Core) I had just taken my first bite of lunch when I suddenly saw everyone around me stand up and head for the front door. I hadn’t even heard the siren. I put my sandwich down and joined my fellow classmates filing into the bomb shelter, where we gathered for ten Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Working for Prophet

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

By Jeremy Sorgen (Spring 2011): What is prophecy? Who are prophets? Traditionally, prophets have played the role of messenger of God. They are God’s mouthpiece, communicating their revelation to mankind–at once an onerous responsibility and an unpleasant task. The prophets of the Bible are unhappy creatures, driven mad by the intimate presence of God and Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Day

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Yishai

Originally posted on my blog: Jerusalem Day On the twenty-eighth of Iyar A battle was fought, With G-d’s help, we won, Against annihilation. Jerusalem, are we worthy of you? When will we live up to your name? Do we deserve these holy places? We were not worthy of leaving Egypt, What is different now? Oh, Continue Reading »

Anthems of My Life

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Yishai

Hatikva, my hope. Fully inclusive. Star Spangled Banner Red, White, and Blue With the rockets red glare. Anchor’s Away, Drinking to the foam. On my honor, I will do my best, Firmly bond in brotherhood, Napoleon’s March, and the halls of Montezuma. Shema Yisrael, the anthems of my life. (cross-posted from my blog)

מעבדות לחירות [From Slavery To Freedom]

Posted on April 11, 2012 by Barer

[cross-posted from my blog] Celebrating Pesach in Israel, for only the second time in my life, has definitely been a unique and enjoyable experience.  From the relative lack of restrictions on access to delicious food — since so many of the restaurants in the city stay open with completely kosher-for-Pesach menus — to enjoying a Continue Reading »

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