These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Israel

The Moments After

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Aviva P.

Note: I began writing this post almost a month ago, a day following the March 23 bombing at a Jerusalem bus station I call the first time I came to Israel, the last “Golden Year” of summer programs.  I was here in 2000, several months before the start of the second intifada.  No one thought Continue Reading »

Excavating Tel Burna and Spring in Israel

Posted on April 7, 2011 by Zach

(or almost)הנה הסתו עבר, הגשם חלף הלך לו Lo, the winter has passed, the rains have gone, gone away (song of songs, 2:11) Again, it’s been too long since my last post.  I’ve been studying hard at Pardes, and not much has changed.  But finally, Spring is here!  And with that, the first dig season Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Consumed by the Fire?

Posted on March 27, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This past week’s parsha includes one of the few narratives in the book of Vayikra, namely the divinely ordained death of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, upon presenting their voluntary fire offering. But the telling of the acts of Nadav and Avihu and their subsequent deaths are brief and perplexing. We do not Continue Reading »

Alumnus Ben Barer published

Posted on March 11, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Check out Ben’s article in Canada’s Jewish Independent! Read about Hillel UBC‘s event: We R Israel, held at Temple Sholom. Good job, Ben!

A different Green

Posted on March 10, 2011 by Shibley

Green! United States’ currency and Ireland might come to mind. I have a new green I’d like to propose, the green of the Golan Heights, where I was last week on a three day tiyul with pardes. At this time of year, after some of the much needed rainfall has fallen, the Golan is absolutely Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Malika Classic-Geyser: From There to Here

Posted on March 8, 2011 by Joel D.

Yield

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Shibley

As was indicated in my basil story, the Land of Israel yields all sorts of delicious and marvelous things. When I was in the Arava earlier this year, we were staying on a moshav where 60% of Israel’s peppers were produced. Driving throughout the northern third of the country, all sorts of greenhouses and fields Continue Reading »

Sharing

Posted on February 6, 2011 by Shibley

This post is long overdue, I apologize for the lengthy interlude between posts. Earlier this month, I was fortunate to receive a two-week visit from my parents. Since my arrival in Israel, I have been planning their arrival. We arranged a guide for a few days in the North of Israel, after which I would Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Rabbi Julie K. Gordon

Posted on January 19, 2011 by David Bogomolny

This mother of two enjoys cooking unusual cuisines, going to the movies, reading David Grossman novels, people watching, and listening to others. She’s also a rabbi with 26 years of professional Jewish communal experience, and she’s a student in the Pardes Educators Program. “At Pardes I’ve found a group of people who ask Jewish questions, and Continue Reading »

ויחי, vayechi

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Avi Strausberg

oops! I forgot to post this last week! this week’s parsha, ויחי, “he lived,” opens and closes with death.  yaakov, recently uprooted from his home and supplanted to egypt, makes his son yosef swear that he will bury him in the burial place of his fathers.  even after yosef agrees without protest, yaakov insists yosef Continue Reading »