These and Those

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

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The Rules of the Game

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Ross Meltzer

I am not sure when the last time was I actually did something for the first time. So when I was approached a few days ago to write a blog, I knew instinctively from childhood that I have to try everything once. I wasn’t sure how to approach this, or if anyone would even read Continue Reading »

a poem for Yom Hashoah

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Reka Eszter

Dear All, Coming from a country and family shocked by the Holocaust for all time, I thought that I would share with you one of the poems that was most emotional for me on this topic. János Pilinszky was one of the greatest poets of 20th century Hungarian literature. He was born in 1921 and Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Teach the Way You Daven

Posted on March 21, 2012 by Esther Mazal

Since I lifted off from the Holy Land on February 23th, life has definitely been a whirlwind on what I affectionately like to refer to as “My Whirlwind North American Tour” (sounds snazzy, huh?). From New York City to Boston to Detroit (to Toronto for an impromptu drop-in in my hometown, then back to Detroit Continue Reading »

Limmud Hungary

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Reka Eszter

Long after Rose’s article about Limmud UK, here is mine about Limmud Hungary. After the huge success of Limmud in England, a lot of people around the planet thought a Limmud or Limmud-style event would contribute a lot to their communities and countries. In Western countries where Jewish communities tend to have greater resources and Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Carolina Rios Mandel

Posted on January 29, 2012 by David Bogomolny

“What influenced me the most was how my parents acted toward others. Both of them were my role models. Both were black sheep… I like black sheep :)” After escaping from Hungary during the Holocaust, Carolina’s grandparents didn’t affiliate themselves with the Jewish community of Venezuela, and raised their children without much Jewish tradition… so it came as Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Esther Sterlin

Posted on January 15, 2012 by Barer

Growing up in the Sephardi community in Toronto, Esther’s Judaism derived mainly from her mother and the weekly Shabbat dinners at her grandmother’s house.  Her father, who comes from an essentially secular background, did not push for such a traditional upbringing, and Esther fondly remembers being snuck into McDonalds by her father, where he would Continue Reading »

Interview with Réka Eszter Bodó

Posted on December 29, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

One of this year’s Pardes Fellows is studying at Pardes for her first time this year – last year she was studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. Réka Eszter Bodó is one of Pardes’ international students; she’s from Hungary, and These&Those (Th&Th) thought it would be interesting to interview her to learn a bit about her Continue Reading »

Why Limmud is Amazing by Rose Prevezer

Posted on December 18, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Some members of the Pardes community are unfamiliar with Limmud International, but several students and many alumni are intimately involved with this rapidly expanding Jewish initiative. Among them is Rose Prevezer of the UK – home of the original Limmud. While her family belonged to a Modern Orthodox shul in London (United Synagogue), Rose became Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Amy Kaldor

Posted on September 16, 2011 by David Bogomolny

“All of my grandparents were holocaust survivors, and they all grew up in traditional Jewish families in Hungary… I want to be a part of the tradition that they grew up with… and at Pardes, I can begin to reclaim it.” Amy arranged her arrival to Israel to overlap with the final weeks of her Continue Reading »

2011-2012 Pardes Fellows (1 of 3)

Posted on September 9, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Let’s meet some of this year’s Pardes Fellows!  Benjamin Barer  is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and first attended Pardes in the Fall of 2010 before completing his undergraduate studies in philosophy at UBC last Spring. Before matriculating at UBC, Ben studied at a Chofetz Chayim yeshiva for high school in Vancouver, and now at Pardes, Ben revels in the diverse Continue Reading »