These and Those

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

Tag Archives: miracles

Memorial Day and Yom HaZikkaron

Posted on June 6, 2011 by Zach

Earlier this week, I was talking with a friend who works for an American company, and she mentioned that she had a day off.  I was confused for a minute, since she works all the time.  Then she reminded me that it was Memorial Day in the US.  Having just recently witnessed the the big Continue Reading »

Siyyum by Rabbi Daniel Landes

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Eryn

Rabbi Steinsaltz’s great siyyum teaches a wonderful lesson.  Siyyum means completion. We are often accustomed to think of learning as some endless process which leads to more learning.  But siyyum means that we are to learn something so well that we are able to say – we have “completed” it.  This is the notion of Kinyan Torah – acquiring Continue Reading »

Ha, Breath of Life by Joel Dinin

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Eryn

2:7 בראשית וייצר יקוק אלקים את–האדם עפר מן–האדמה, ויפח באפיו, נשמת חיים; ויהי האדם, לנפש חיה “God, Lord, formed man, Dust from the earth. He Exhaled into his nose, living breath. Thus for man was a living soul.” Ha, my neshama breathes. Should it be any surprise the soul of pure music emanates from your Continue Reading »

vayera, וירא

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Eryn

vayera, וירא Huge, life-changing events happen in this week’s parsha.  A city is annihilated, the smoke and ashes of its people filling the land,  an entire people are made barren and then healed by God and, the long-awaited child of Sarah and Avraham, Yitzhak, comes within in seconds of a young death, nearly sacrificed to Continue Reading »