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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

To Learn & To Teach

Posted on November 11, 2011 by Soffer

Just posted at Darkeynu:   This week, in Parshat Vayeirah, we read one of the most famous, and most troubling, stories in the TaNaKh. G-d calls out to Avraham, commanding him to sacrifice his only son. As if that were not difficult enough, in two separate Midrashim we learn about how eager Avraham was to Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayera 5772

Posted on November 11, 2011 by Barer

Check out this week’s Pardes podcast, featuring Neima Novetsky speaking about the famous conversation Avraham has with Hashem about sparing the fate of Sdom and Amora Vayera 5772

וירא

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha is chalk-full of troubling stories, from the Akieda, arguably the most challenging section of the Torah, to the destruction of Sdom and Amorah, to the episode of Lot and his daughters.  What caught my attention while reading the parsha, though, was a subtler play on language related to rhetorical questions.  There are Continue Reading »

Breaking News Wave

Posted on November 8, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

This year we are very lucky to have Rabbi Hayim Leiter mentoring us in the Beit Midrash, but we only just found out about his passion for surfing! Check out his most recent dvar Torah at The Jewish Surfer:   Sunday The Rabbi Went Surfing A Surfer’s Vort* Rav Hayim Leiter provides an Etzah* Parashat Continue Reading »

Sarai’s Pain and Our Own – Parshat Lech Lecha

Posted on November 6, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Guest Post: Dvar Torah by Pardes Alumnus Rabbi Peter Stein The Torah is a book that explores what it means to be human.  The Book of Genesis, especially, presents story after story that delves into the pain and joy and messiness of the human condition. In this week’s parshah, we read about Sarai, our ancestor, and Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Lech Lecha 5766

Posted on November 4, 2011 by Barer

This week on the podcast, we hear from Rav Landes as he discusses the beginning of Avram‘s journey – don’t forget the handout if you are listening. Lech Lecha 5766

A trip back in time

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Suzi

A couple nights ago, I accompanied Rabbi Barry Leff on his monthly visit to the Emmaus monastery near Latrun for Torah study. The monastery sits at the site of a Byzantine church. Couldn’t see much at night, so I hope to go back in the daytime to see the ancient ruins. It was fascinating to Continue Reading »

לך לך

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Barer

This week’s parsha contains many famous and thought-provoking stories, but I would like to focus on what I see as an emerging motif in the Rashbam, where he criticizes his grandfather’s reading of a verse before offering an alternate interpretation which he sees as sticking more closely to the pshat, the simple reading of the Continue Reading »

2 D’vrei Torah for P’Noach: One Socially Conscious, the Other Subconscious

Posted on October 29, 2011 by Derek Kwait

Once upon a time, a Middle-Eastern nation wanted to build a tower with its top in the heavens to make a name for itself. This tower would be a powerful monument to their civilization’s unsurpassed greatness and modernity. They even refused to announce what the final height of the building would be until it was Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Noach 5769

Posted on October 29, 2011 by Barer

Did you know that there is a Pardes podcast? There is!  And it’s called Pardes from Jerusalem, featuring weekly audio podcasts by Pardes Faculty members about the weekly parsha. For the parsha that just ended, we have Rav Meir talking about the Dor Haflaga – the Tower of Babel story: Noach 5769