These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

ויחי

Posted on January 5, 2012 by Barer

This week marks the end of Bereishit (Genesis).  The parsha is focused on the blessings that Yaakov/Yisrael gives his twelve sons, but I want to focus on the end of the parsha.  After the blessings, Yaakov/Yisrael “expires” – the biblical phrase for dying.  Since he asked to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah (which Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayigash 5772

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Barer

The podcast for the parsha that we read this morning features Michael Hattin discussing the birth of Yocheved on the way down to Egypt. Vayigash 5772

ויגש

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha marks the end of the Yosef narrative (though he is still alive and present in at least one important scene in next week’s parsha too), where he is finally reconnected with his family, and, perhaps most importantly, with his father.  There is an interesting verse when the brothers return to Yaakov/Yisrael where Continue Reading »

Guest Post: Tovah Leah Nachmani

Posted on December 28, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Many students have been lucky enough to study with Tovah Leah Nachmani – her ‘Personalizing Prayer’ class is a favorite for students seeking to connect to Jewish tradition in a meaningful, personal way, and we appreciate her for being such an incredibly deep listener. Below is a dvar Torah she recently wrote, with a bonus Continue Reading »

מקץ

Posted on December 23, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha, which was playfully called The Empire Strikes Back parsha of Yosef’s saga, brought to light just how true it is that the texts that make up the Tanach are in dialogue with each other.  Specifically, I saw multiple hints in the text of Miketz that are amplified in the story of Esther, Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Miketz and Chanukah 5772

Posted on December 23, 2011 by Barer

On this week’s podcast, James Jacobson-Maisels discusses Miketz and Chanukah through the eyes of the Eish Kodesh Miketz/Chanukah

Mikketz, Chanukah, the Holocaust, and Dreams: a D’var Torah from 2009

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Derek Kwait

At my shul back home, Young People’s Synagogue, members take turns giving the d’var Torah each Saturday morning. This is one I gave for Parashat Mikketz/Shabbat Chanukah on December 19, 2009 about the parsha, Chanukah, and the Holocaust. For what it’s worth, these themes repeated themselves again this year when we began learning about the Continue Reading »

Night Seder Dvar: Vayeishev

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Shibley

Our parasha, Vayeishev, concludes this week with Yosef sitting in the prison of Pharaoh. Yosef has just concluded interpreting the dreams of his fellow prisoners, the cupbearer and the baker, both of whom had committed relatively minor crimes in the eyes of Pharoah. Why would Yosef care about the dreams of anybody? Remember, Yosef has Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayeshev 5772

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Barer

This week’s podcast features Neima Novetsky talking about the sale of Yosef: Vayeshev 5772

וישב

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha is full of the narrative action we have become familiar with in Bereishit, with this parsha in particular being so great as to be turned into a Broadway musical (Joseph and the Amazing Coat of Many Colours).  However, a less-known fact is that the Rashbam chooses the beginning of this parsha to Continue Reading »