These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Israel

[J Street U] A Plea For Engagement: Listening For The Prophetic

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Drew

Crossposted from Jewschool and the J Street U Blog “Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and those that return to her in righteousness.” —Isaiah, 1:27 Three years ago I moved to Jerusalem. I grew up as an involved member of the Reform movement in Connecticut, spent my college and post-college years working in Jewish education Continue Reading »

גשם ולא אש Rain and not Fire

Posted on December 8, 2010 by Shibley

From my blog: Dec. 6 was the first measurable rain of the season in Jerusalem. A damp cloudy chilly day has never looked so beautiful. It represents only a tiny amount of what would be necessary to alleviate the drought, but it’s a wonderful start. I’m going to splash in puddles. Also, the fires in the Continue Reading »

[Take 5] My Heros, By Joel Dinin

Posted on November 29, 2010 by Joel D.

Parshat Vayeishev

Posted on November 24, 2010 by Francesca

My post at Uri L’Tzedek below: In Parshat Vayeishev, after Yosef is captured by his brothers and sold into slavery, the Torah digresses to the esoteric story of Tamar and Judah. After the death of Tamar’s husband Er, Judah’s firstborn, she marries Er’s younger brother Oran. When Onan also dies, Judah instructs Tamar to wait in Continue Reading »

Rain Rain Go Away?

Posted on November 21, 2010 by Shibley

I have made reference in a number of previous posts to the rain that is supposed to be falling in Israel at this time of the year. The rain has not yet fallen, and the drought has not seen any improvement. Last week, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared a day of fasting and prayer Continue Reading »

[New Voices] Morals Over Politics

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Barer

My New Voices post for this week

Thoughts on Racial Judaism

Posted on November 9, 2010 by Merissa

Today in class someone asked if I consider myself racially Jewish.  I answered as honestly as possible on the spot, “I don’t know, I am still forming my Jewish identity.”  My thoughts are quick, but not that quick.  Later it occurred to me both why I was speaking in dissent, and how I define myself Continue Reading »

Negev Tiyul

Posted on November 9, 2010 by Pious Antic

This is a cross-post from my personal blog. The Hebrew word tiyul has no exact translation in English. A tiyul could be a long walk in a city park, a week-long guided bus tour of Israel, or a multi-week backing trip through South America. Last week, I went on Pardes’ annual tiyul to the Negev Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Sojourn in the Land

Posted on November 7, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Last week I went on a day trip exploring East Jerusalem, specifically the Mount of Olives, Silwan (neighbouring the City of David), Sheikh Jarrah, Damascus Gate and the Old City. The objective of the trip was to explore a side of Jerusalem many of us don’t often see or interact with, and therefore, Continue Reading »

Water and Happiness by Karen Feuer

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Eryn

I was fortunate to be able to take a break from the office and participate in one class during the Pardes “Yom Iyun Sukkot.” The class, taught by Pardes faculty member, Tovah Leah Nachmani, was entitled, “Sukkot: Is God on the Guest List?” Starting with the controversial statement by Hillel the Elder – “If I Continue Reading »