These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Palestinians

Week 9: Hair-Care

Posted on November 5, 2011 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) It’s finally hoodie weather here in Jerusalem. It had been getting progressively cooler each day for the past two weeks–at first, it was just cold at night, but this week, for the first time, I needed to wear a hoodie any time I went outside, even in Continue Reading »

Hello to Israel—Notes from a First Time Visitor

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Suzi

Here’s something I wrote on my first day in Israel, standing at the Kotel, my hand pressed against the stones and clutching my steno pad.  I couldn’t seem to let go of the ancient wall.  I thought I’d publish this on These&Those, and challenge y’all to share your own first impressions of the country. On Sunday, June Continue Reading »

Driving Lessons

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Shibley

Since arriving in Israel last July, I have repeated numerous times the phrase, “The only thing worse than an Israeli driver is an Israeli driver in training.” They fly or creep down my street with the big lamed on top of the car. Sometimes multiple students are in the back seat. The instructor often has Continue Reading »

Shrine of the Book – Postcard Commentary #2

Posted on June 26, 2011 by Daniel Weinreb

1: General view of the Shrine of the Book – the white dome representing the Sons of Light, the black wall representing the Sons of Dark. One of the interesting aspects of Israel has been, and continues to be, the ineducable element of tragedy and conflict here, meaning the Shoah and the tension of ongoing Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Consumed by the Fire?

Posted on March 27, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This past week’s parsha includes one of the few narratives in the book of Vayikra, namely the divinely ordained death of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, upon presenting their voluntary fire offering. But the telling of the acts of Nadav and Avihu and their subsequent deaths are brief and perplexing. We do not Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Rehabilitate the Trauma

Posted on January 30, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and had a good week. This past week was my first back at Pardes after the semester break, so it has been a bit of an adjustment: new classes, new people and new schedules. Having said all that, I’m very excited to be back in the Bet Continue Reading »

Pro-Palestine Flash Mob. Loves Gaga, Hates Motorola

Posted on December 18, 2010 by Joel D.

Not sure how to react to this video. Flash Mobs can be a fun creative way to turn the world into a musical, and they represent a peaceful method for protest. Would it be better if all anti-Israeli protests were done in this fashion rather than in boats trying to set off a violent attack? Continue Reading »

a view from Nablus

Posted on December 15, 2010 by Zach

After the overview of my Chanukkah break, I wanted to go into a bit more depth about one of my day excursions.  A good friend of mine, Zak, a Palestinian Christian who owns a shop in the old city, and I were talking, and I mentioned that I wanted to see some of the West Continue Reading »

[J Street U] A Plea For Engagement: Listening For The Prophetic

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Drew

Crossposted from Jewschool and the J Street U Blog “Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and those that return to her in righteousness.” —Isaiah, 1:27 Three years ago I moved to Jerusalem. I grew up as an involved member of the Reform movement in Connecticut, spent my college and post-college years working in Jewish education Continue Reading »

Chanukkah Break

Posted on December 13, 2010 by Zach

Yet again, it’s been way too long since my last post. I seem to start every post that way… maybe I’ll get better at this eventually. Instead of giving the normal Christmas break that American schools give, Pardes, and Israel in general, has a winter break for the eight days of Chanukkah.  Chanukkah this year Continue Reading »