These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Leaving

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Alanna Kleinman

I’m leaving Israel today. I hurry to catch my plane, held up before security for sentimental reasons. Rushed goodbyes and confusion. I enter the plane with a crowd full of men in black jackets, fur hats, and peyos. I walk inside to find the aisles crowded full of these men, pushing and shoving, frantically fitting Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] The Love I Gained

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Aliza Riemenschneider

Aliza Riemenschneider (Mechina ’08, PEP ’10) writes regularlyon her own blog, Each & Every bs”d At the closing community lunch, David Bernstein will stand up and make a speech, telling you that you are all b’nei/b’not bayit.  Meaning, once you come to Pardes to learn, you are always welcomed back with warm, open arms anytime you Continue Reading »

Learning from the Teens at Crossroads Jerusalem

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Sydni Adler

A few weeks ago, Meira was listening to a riddle, when the teenager sitting next to her said, “This makes my head hurt. See, this is why I don’t think about God.” Every Tuesday night, Meira spends her time volunteering with an insightful, passionate group of teenagers at Crossroads, a non-profit organization that helps English-speaking Continue Reading »

10 FAQS ABOUT BEING GAY AT PARDES

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Avi Benson-Goldberg

1. WAIT, YOU’RE GAY? I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED! Probably I don’t get this as much as I feel like I do, but hey, we are all humans and so sometimes I go to work in my normal pants and sometimes I go to work in my garish neon-rainbow-flag leather tuchus-less chaps! This is really Continue Reading »

December

Posted on December 21, 2013 by Jessica Baverman

From my blog: Can’t believe it, but December is almost over! We just survived a big snow storm here in Jerusalem last week. You might have heard about it – Jerusalem shut down for a week, and we were stuck inside for a while. It did give Emet and I lots of time to work Continue Reading »

Hillel in the snow.

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

There is a very famous story about Hillel, which follows: “Most famous perhaps is the incident which occurred before his rise to leadership, when he was not yet a scholar, but had a burning desire to study Torah. At that time, Torah study was tightly controlled and limited only to those of the highest caliber Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Snow Day in Jerusalem, Blessings, Curses, and Blessings that Seem like Curses

Posted on December 12, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Yishai Paquin’s (Year ’12) blog: Yes, it is snowing in Jerusalem! Yes, for my family and friends in the United States, it gets cold enough to snow in Jerusalem. Yes, it is a blessing. And yes, it may not seem like a blessing but it is. Sure it is really cold, which is tough Continue Reading »

Intention and Repetition

Posted on December 8, 2013 by Itay Zaidenberg

Living in Jerusalem, it’s easy to feel like Israel is abundantly observant. But when I get off the 480 at Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov bus station, I’m immediately reminded, it’s not. And if I didn’t take the 480 so many times that I now recognize several of the bus drivers, I don’t think I would have Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] A Tale of Two Bistros: Gusto Italiano and Pompidou

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

X-posted from Foodist Jerusalem, Written by Anna Melman (Year ’05, Fellows ’06) This is a great blog to follow if you’re looking for good food in Jerusalem! In the past month, AB and I had occasion to try two new relative newcomers to the blocks, Gusto Italiano on HaLamed Hey and Pompidou on Emek Refaim. Continue Reading »

Being the face of a movement.

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

Check out what I wrote about being the face of Women of the Wall on The Times of Israel Blog.