These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayishlach 5772

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Barer

This week Meesh discusses the troubling episode of the rape of Dina vayishlach 5772


Posted on December 8, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha has so much going on that it is hard to figure out one thing to talk about.  I want to focus on something that occurs simply on the level of the text itself, without considering any commentators.  Over the course of Bereishit so far, a number of people have had their names Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] VaYetze 5772

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Barer

Rav Meir discusses barrenness and infertility in the matriarchs in this week’s podcast: VeYetze 5772


Posted on December 1, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha presents a number of fascinating narratives, as it deals with the major portion of Yaakov’s adult life prior to his children taking center stage in the narrative.  On the cursory reading that time allows me, the interactions between Yaakov and his father-in-law (and uncle) Lavan are extremely hard to follow.  It may Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Toldot 5766

Posted on November 25, 2011 by Barer

This week we have an older podcast from Rav Meir about Yitzchak Listen here: Toldot 5766


Posted on November 25, 2011 by Barer

One of the things that stayed with me after spending most of my four months in Chumash class last year at Pardes studying this week’s parsha is how important it is to consider Yitzchak’s mindset as he blesses his sons.  This is someone who probably had a very rocky relationship with their own father, and, Continue Reading »

Hello, To Whom am I Praying?

Posted on November 19, 2011 by Soffer

Posted at Darkeynu just before Shabbat: One of my favorite parts of camp is the Learner’s Minyan every Shabbat morning. In addition to the special community that we build, it also affords us a zman kavua (set time) to really struggle with fundamental questions about prayer. This summer, each week we discussed a different question Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Chayei Sarah 5772

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Barer

Check out this week’s Pardes podcast about Avraham’s status as both a stranger and a resident in Cana’an Chayei Sarah

חיי שרה

Posted on November 17, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha, with bookends describing the death of Sarah and the other descendents of Avraham and the descendents Yishma’el, deals mainly with the mission of Avraham’s servant to find a wife for Yitzchak. Reading the text, I was struck by how repetitive the story is. First, Avraham tells his servant what to do in Continue Reading »

Night Seder d’var: Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Shibley

Over the past weeks, I have used afternoon seder to study the laws of aveilut (mourning). As with many areas of halakha, there are numerous details and caveats. I have found myself troubled by the seemingly impersonal details of the halacha, which is brings me to Chayei Sarah, our parasha this week. Sarah dies in Continue Reading »