These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Israel

Hamsas

Posted on December 25, 2011 by Cheryl Stone

Street Scene: Pardes Edition – Naomi Zaslow

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Nikki Fig

By Nikki Fig  She’s fun, she’s spunky, and her upbeat attitude can turn any frown upside down. Meet Naomi Zaslow, a 25-year old University of Michigan grad who spent the past 2 years teaching English in South Korea. I sat down to get this well-travelled scholar’s take on fashion and understand how her personal taste Continue Reading »

Inspired

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Lauren Schuchart

“Sleep less, do more…and have the courage to fail.” -Rabbi Levi Lauer Every Tuesday at Pardes, we have a school-wide learning session, where a faculty member or guest lecturer speaks about a “critical issue” facing the community. Last week, we heard from Rabbi Levi Lauer, a past dean of Pardes and the current executive director and Continue Reading »

A Week of Fullness, Friends and Fun

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Eliyahu B.

Cross-posted from the Peaceable Pilgrim: Shalom friends! It is the beginning of a new week here in Jerusalem, and the past one was filled with SO MUCH AWESOMENESS that I just have to share with you. Classes started up again full-swing on Sunday, and even though I was somewhat dreading getting back to a normal Continue Reading »

Political Lenses

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Barer

It has been a week since Gilad Shalit was released back to Israel as part of the prisoner swap Israel made with Hamas, freeing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier who had been in captivity for over five years.  Trying to collate the different sources and viewpoints on this momentous event in modern Continue Reading »

Uniforms

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Shibley

I would venture a guess that the majority of jobs throughout the world have some sort of uniform. Whether said uniform is mandated by the employer, it is simply practical, or it becomes a matter of identity, the fact is that such a uniform exists in most cases. Israel is no different in this regard; Continue Reading »

Sukkot D’var Torah

Posted on October 22, 2011 by Derek Kwait

Originally posted on Yinzer in Yerushalayim for Sukkot (6 days ago): My Mishna teacher had our class over for a party in the sukkah last night. I gave the d’var and thought I would share a slightly modified version of it with you: I remember last year, a member of my synagogue remarked that whereas the Continue Reading »

Welcome Home Gilad

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Andrea Wiese

Today is an amazing day for Israel and Israelis. Gilad Shalit who was was imprisoned in Gaza by Hamas for over five years, 1,941 days, was freed this morning after long negotiations in a prisoner exchange. 1,027 prisoners were released from Israel for Gilad’s return. Many people are upset about the exchange, saying how could Continue Reading »

My First Day in Israel

Posted on October 3, 2011 by Suzi

I wrote these impressions in early September (more than a month ago) after arriving in Israel… The end of a very long journey, and a long but very exciting day.  I arrived in Israel this morning, via a 12-hour stopover in London (I’ll write about that later, when I wake up).  Found my apartment, just Continue Reading »

Week 1: Orientation

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Derek Kwait

(First published on my blog for “The Jewish Chronicle” of Pittsburgh, Yinzer in Yerushalayim, 9 September 2011) Sunday was orientation at Pardes. The getting-to-know-you introductions at the beginning made one thing clear straight-away—this is a place of diversity. The students at Pardes range from future Open Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis, to a dude who’s Continue Reading »