These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Israel

The election happened; now what?

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Ari Abelman

From my blog: This post has been edited based on final election results.  I have crossed out incorrect statements rather than delete them, and put corrections in bold. It seems like the most interesting part of American elections happens before the voting, while the most interesting part of Israeli elections happens afterwards.  In American elections, Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Posted on January 23, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Ben Barer (Fellows ’12) wrote a Torah reflection about Power and Responsibility yesterday, in light of the Israeli elections: While Spider-Man seems capable of handling the (great) power he is given, oftentimes we seem to fail most when power is in our hands. On this day, when democratic elections for the 19th Knesset of the Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Lauren Henderson — Parshat Beshalach

Posted on January 23, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Lauren Henderson’s (Summer ’09, Year ’10) blog: The d’var torah (more or less) that I gave at Sunday night’s Encounter Leadership Seminar: When I first got to Israel in the fall and started to get acquainted with the current stagnant political situation (for both domestic and foreign issues), I started to actually hope that Continue Reading »

[Student Profile] Ben Gurin & Sydni Adler

Posted on January 21, 2013 by David Bogomolny

Sydni Adler (Year ’13) and Ben Gurin (Year ’13) met during the Summer of ’10 in Washington DC, as participants on the Mechon Kaplan program of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Together with their cohort, they took classes on Social Justice and Judaism, and each interned for an NGO; Sydni worked on campaign Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Alissa Thomas: ‘It’s More Than a Feeling’: A Reflection on Zionism

Posted on January 6, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Zionism has become a touchy subject for many people in today’s post-modern culture, but here’s a beautiful, articulate piece that describes Pardes alum Alissa Thomas’ (Spring ’11) personal relationship to the concept of Zionism and the modern state of Israel: From alum Alissa Thomas’ Sh’ma Blog: As expected, everyone is thinking, talking, and praying about Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Shira Abramowitz – The Burden of Legacy: It is no dream.

Posted on January 4, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Shira has left us for another adventure, and we miss her… But her insightful writing continues (x-posted here below)! Legacy. A pretty big word around here. Here being Jerusalem, a city that many nations hold dear due to its history and importance in relation to their people, their culture, their religion. As a proud member of Continue Reading »

questions and answers

Posted on December 24, 2012 by Shoshana Rosen

Originally posted on my blog on Oct. 30, 2012: What am I even doing in Israel? What am I doing next year? What brings me joy? Meaning? At some point, you have to stop running away from these questions. The answer will not come without giving it space to be nurtured. Today was the first Continue Reading »

Too perfect for words.

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

My holy tongue

Posted on December 18, 2012 by Avi Benson-Goldberg

Walking around Jerusalem by myself fumbling my tongue into the shapes of an ancient language taught me how to live in the modern age.  [cross-posted from my blog] I’ve had a hard time telling this. Explaining why I left the United States in the beginning of this spring–just as I started to make headway (are Continue Reading »

Women of the Wall Up Close

Posted on December 18, 2012 by Aliza Geller

Originally posted on my blog: I need to start by saying that I love Israel, I am a zionist and I also believe in egalitarian Judaism. I am still able to love Israel, even though there are a number of problems related to how much sway the religious right has with the Government of Israel Continue Reading »