These and Those

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

Tag Archives: love

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 »

Fear

Posted on March 23, 2011 by David Bogomolny

I tried to call her When I heard of the bombing The lines were busy

Music

Posted on March 20, 2011 by Jean

When I drove down Whiskey Row, past the town square, someone was standing by the county courthouse, playing bagpipes. Part of my mind noted how odd that was. I parked my car by the funeral home and got out. I walked with determination halfway to the door. Then I turned around and walked back to Continue Reading »

על שמות, on shmot

Posted on March 8, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in the beginning of sefer shmot, בני ישראל did not yet know their God.  when God recruits moshe to make the initial introduction between He and the people, God first must tell moshe by what name He can be called before moshe is even willing to make this giant leap.  sefer shmot is the book Continue Reading »

Zen Judaism

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Michael

The root of the Hebrew word for love—AHAVA—is Hav; to give. To give one’s mind to Gd in a gesture of mutual love is to receive Gd in every moment; to live a life of contemplation, to silence the ego thoughts and desires in order to receive Gd waving to us at all times eternally. Continue Reading »

Family and Destiny

Posted on December 31, 2010 by Michael

My parents and brother are here now in Israel. It is awesome to be here together with them for the first time. We’ve had the opportunity to travel around Israel, especially to the south, enjoying beautiful hikes and the sunny Eilat beach. Next time you come to Israel, I definitely recommend that you hike some Continue Reading »

V'ahavta

Posted on December 30, 2010 by Mosheh

V’ahavta et Hashem elochecha!* How do you command love? Can you command love? Yes, actually you can. The command, however, is to listen (Shema!), and thus form a relationship. Have you ever really listened? I mean really, really, really listened? Have you ever really listened, really heard someone’s heart of hearts and not fallen in Continue Reading »

Jordyn & Tom

Posted on December 24, 2010 by The Director of Digital Media

So cute! Jordyn & Tom met each other last year through the Pardes community 🙂

[Take 5] Elizabeth Chipkin on Her Grandfather

Posted on December 21, 2010 by Joel D.