These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

[PEP Student] Thank God for Donkeys!

Posted on July 8, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week I have been blown away by the ways in which God (the forces of the Universe/nature, if you prefer) works, sometimes mysteriously and other times very inconspicuously. I’m not one to believe in signs or superstitions but sometimes you can’t ignore experiences that awaken and speak to your emotions and thoughts. Continue Reading »

בלק

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Barer

[Cross-posted from my blog] This week’s parsha documents the continuation of the Israelites interactions with the nations surrounding Cana’an, this time focusing almost entirely with the kingdom of Moav.  Specifically, the king of Moav, Balaq, fears the Israelites and hires a local sorcerer, Bil’am, to curse them.  However, Bil’am is constantly thwarted from doing so, Continue Reading »

בלק, balak

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

this week’s parsha strangely focus on the story of one non-israelite, balaam the diviner, and his journey of how he came to know and understand God.   okay, let’s back up a little bit. there’s a bad guy in this story, balak, head of the amorites, who summons our diviner-friend balaam to curse the jewish Continue Reading »

חקת

Posted on July 4, 2011 by Barer

[Re-posted from here…a few days late, I know] In this week’s parsha, one of the most famous of all of the happenings of the Israelites’ forty years in the desert occurs when Moshe hits the rock to produce water.  In the absence of his sister Miriam, who has just died, the source of water – Continue Reading »

חקת, hukat

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

this parsha is one that sits heavy with death.  for one thing, early on, we get the description of what to do when one comes in contact with a dead body.  and then, as if the Torah was simply giving us the procedure in order to prepare us for what’s to come, we learn of Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Think A Little Less. Do A Lot More.

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This week, I write to you for the last time sitting in my kitchen in Jerusalem. Or at least this particular kitchen in Jerusalem! Two years of blissful study and personal growth are finally coming to a close, as this is my last Shabbat in Jerusalem for some time. I know that I Continue Reading »

קרח

Posted on June 24, 2011 by Barer

[Cross-posted from my blog, where you can find a parsha haiku every week] Reading this week’s parsha with Rashi brought up an interesting point for me, one to do with how the early commentators read the text more than with the topic of this week’s parsha specifically (the haiku reflects the theme of the parsha).  Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Community Building: By Width, Not Height.

Posted on June 23, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends,   The scene: the Pardes bet midrash. The time: Thursday afternoon, an hour or so after class dismissal. The players: a bunch of students and big pile of books. Oddly I find myself at home in this lonely place. The books and the buzz of learning, although minimal as it is “off season” Continue Reading »

קורח, korah

Posted on June 21, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parsha, there is a fair amount of death.  entire families are swallowed up by the earth.  a raging fire consumes two hundred and fifty men.   an infectious plague spreads wildly and kills fourteen thousand and seven hundred people.  this is the price for challenging authority. these deaths are all in retaliation for Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] What’s in a Name?

Posted on June 19, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, As some of you may know, I’m still in Jerusalem and about to complete my final project at Pardes. Although it is a bit bizarre to learn in the Pardes building with many of my friends, colleagues and teachers missing, I have enjoyed studying Torah lishma (for its own/Heaven’s sake) and participating in Continue Reading »