These and Those

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

Tag Archives: life in Israel

(More Than) a Week Later

Posted on April 2, 2011 by Shibley

Over a week ago, Jerusalem was struck with the blight of terrorism once again. I am not going to spend time or words rehashing the events, as they are no doubt well known by now. However, in the 10 days since the most recent act of terror perpetrated against Israel, we have continued to live Continue Reading »

Reflections on riding the bus in Jerusalem

Posted on March 25, 2011 by David Bogomolny

In light of the recent bombing in Jeruslam, Pardes alum Courtney Miller (Spring 2010) shares a post of hers from last year. Courtney has made Aliyah and now lives in Jerusalem. The bus: my constant companion. I wait for her. I get annoyed with her. I marvel at her. I wish I could give her Continue Reading »

Thunder

Posted on March 23, 2011 by Joel D.

The day was marked by a cold rain. I was more afraid of cars splashing me with mud than anything else. We walked alone, cold, calm. He thought it was thunder. My friend said not to worry, it was just thunder. But no rain clouds came, only the screams of sirens. The world stopped as Continue Reading »

Five Minutes for Shalit

Posted on March 15, 2011 by Pious Antic

Living in Israel, it’s impossible to escape the national preoccupation with the plight of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was abducted by Hamas in 2006, and continues to be held hostage today. Today, advocates for Shalit’s release called for people all over Israel to come outside at exactly eleven o’clock and block traffic for Continue Reading »

Waking Up

Posted on March 13, 2011 by Shibley

It is well documented that on Friday afternoons in Jerusalem, and other cities throughout Israel, the country begins to slow down, and in some cases shut down for Shabbat. Walking through the open air markets on a dark Shabbat evening is quite strange. Hours earlier vendors were hawking their wares, bellowing at the top of Continue Reading »

“Only in Israel”

Posted on March 13, 2011 by Zach

Not so long ago, I was walking along Pierre Koenig Street near my house, and got to a red light at the intersection across from Pardes.  It was pretty deserted at that time of night, with only a few cars and pedestrians out.  While I was waiting, a van pulled up next to me, completely Continue Reading »

[Take 5] David B: On Israel

Posted on January 22, 2011 by Joel D.

Insulation, please.

Posted on January 12, 2011 by Shibley

Israel has been fortunate to be the beneficiary as well as the creator of a number of technological advances. Whether it’s cell phone technology, revolutionary care techniques for trauma victims, computer science advances, pick your area, and Israel is likely involved to some extent. Given the above achievements, why are Israeli homes and buildings insulated Continue Reading »

Word Recall

Posted on January 9, 2011 by Shibley

Quick story. Last week I boarded the bus bound for the shuk. I was startled to find that the cost of a cartisia (multi-ride bus ticket) had increased since my last purpose. While discussing this with the driver, all of the Hebrew that I have accumulated vanished from my brain, leaving me stumbling for words, and sounding Continue Reading »

Bigdei Balagan

Posted on December 29, 2010 by Shibley

The weather in Israel is very frustrating. I have made much about the ongoing lack of rain, and the implications the drought has on daily water usage. However, in a more light hearted assessment, I want to point out how selecting an outfit is incredibly difficult. What do I mean? When I leave the apartment Continue Reading »