These and Those

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

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[Alumni Post] Meaningful Discovery

Posted on March 14, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

We were browsing through the MASA Israel Blog, and found… At the end of last year (2010-11), alum Carla Farson wrote this: In the spring of 2010 I received a Masa grant to study in the Year Program at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. By the grace of Masa, I was given the Continue Reading »

Limmud Hungary

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Reka Eszter

Long after Rose’s article about Limmud UK, here is mine about Limmud Hungary. After the huge success of Limmud in England, a lot of people around the planet thought a Limmud or Limmud-style event would contribute a lot to their communities and countries. In Western countries where Jewish communities tend to have greater resources and Continue Reading »

A Shtender Bender

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Leah Stern

Most people have never even heard the word shtender. They think I am making up a pretend word, though to my knowledge it is Yiddish. I said it recently to an Israeli friend and the closest word I could use to explain it was the word מעמד, which means a stand, but that isn’t even Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Checking in from San Fran!

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Cheryl Stone

By Cheryl Stone I’ve observed tons of classes (my mentor is taking that part of her assignment very seriously, no down time to work on prep for me)! In Adv. Tanach, I got to see a great way to use Moodle and Google Docs to get kids started on their DoNows, review the material, get Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Witch’s Brew

Posted on February 9, 2012 by Daniel Weinreb

I am a student at Pardes. I’m learning like everyone else, reveling in my progress or in a boxing match with Jastrow trying to translate an Aramaic verb that long ago dropped every letter in its shoresh except vav.. I also am in the Educator Program which means that sometimes I step outside my student Continue Reading »

A virgin and a widow walk into a bar. . .

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Naomi Zaslow

Tonight, my Night Seder chevruta – the amazingly talented Daniel Shibley – and I finished all 13 chapters of Ketubot in Mishna Masechet Nashim. To celebrate, we both gave short dvar’s, and had a small siyum (party). When Shibley initially asked me to give a dvar on what we had learned over the last few Continue Reading »

Ulpan Or at Pardes!

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

I had ulpan today at Pardes for the educators. We have Hebrew classes for the next four weeks before we go for our student teaching. I am really motivated! I want to be fluent in Hebrew so much!!!!!!!!!! These are the words I learned today: להפליץ – to fart להפציץ – to bomb לנצל – Continue Reading »

Week 19: Tastes of Home

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) As I end my first semester in Israel, I am surrounded by reminders of where I come from and how I got here. It started last Thursday night, when I made halushki, a Central/Eastern European dish popular in Western Pennsylvania, at my friend מיכאל’s (pronounced “Mee-kha-el”) apartment Continue Reading »

Five Words or Fewer

Posted on January 3, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

She’s super… she’s duper… she’s Falynn Schmidt! Falynn studied at Pardes in 1999-2000 before moving to Atlanta, and founding Pardes Atlanta with the help of Marc Baker (97-98, 99-00 Fellow, 00-02 PEP). She coordinated all the parts that were not teaching — publicity, planning, scheduling, venue, Shabbatonim, and shiurim, and Marc and a few other Pardes alumni taught Continue Reading »

Learning Lishma

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Barer

[Cross-posted from my blog] In Jewish culture, there is a high value placed not just on learning, but on learning lishma — learning for its own sake (a source for this would be much appreciated).  This is not a familiar concept for secular academics, where knowledge gained has a practical purpose, even if that purpose Continue Reading »