These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

[PEP Student] Heed the Call

Posted on March 14, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I must tell you that it feels a little strange to write this email to you from the other side of the ocean. Thank God, I arrived safe and sound in New York on Wednesday (even though I had to wait for almost an hour in the INTERNATIONAL customs line!) But, once I Continue Reading »

ויקרא, vayikra

Posted on March 10, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

  parshat vayikra is basically consumed with the bloody details of offering korbanot (sacrifices) and sin-offerings to God.  throughout all the different variations of how we may sin and what we need to do to be forgiven, over and over, we’re instructed to lay our hands upon the animal to be sacrificed directly before its Continue Reading »

על שמות, on shmot

Posted on March 8, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in the beginning of sefer shmot, בני ישראל did not yet know their God.  when God recruits moshe to make the initial introduction between He and the people, God first must tell moshe by what name He can be called before moshe is even willing to make this giant leap.  sefer shmot is the book Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Closing Time

Posted on March 7, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, As some of you may know, this was my last Shabbat in Israel before – what I like to call – my “North American Tour”. I’ll be traveling to New York this Tuesday, to student-teach in a day school in Manhattan and hopefully squeeze in some interviews for teaching positions next year in Continue Reading »

פקודי, pekudei

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parsha, פקודי, the משכן is finally built.  thanks to the work of bezalel and his team of craftsmen, the tabernacle, the priestly clothing, and all of their accoutrements are constructed exactly as God commanded through moshe.  God then instructs moshe to set up the משכן on the 1st of the 1st month, Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] To perfect the world under the Sovereignt​y of the Almighty

Posted on February 27, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Last week’s parsha, Parshat Vayakhel, continues to describe the construction of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) which the Israelites built in the desert and would serve later as the prototype for the Temple in King Solomon’s reign. But I’d like to focus on a different aspect of the parsha, namely Shabbat. Before the Torah goes Continue Reading »

ויקהל, vayakhel

Posted on February 23, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

when i first read this week’s parsha, in which the תרומה (gifts offered to God) and the building of the משכן (tabernacle) is detailed, i experienced a sense of de-ja-vue in their descriptions.  i thought, i’ve literally just read all of these same words about how the skilled should offer their services, these vessels will Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Yom Iyun Shel Chesed 2011

Posted on February 20, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, What a week of learning, both inside and outside the walls of Pardes! A particular highlight for me was picking oranges for an organization called Leket Israel, which provides for Israeli children who are hungry and/or do not received proper nutrition. This volunteering project was organized by Pardes students in loving memory of Continue Reading »

כי תשא, ki tissa

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parsha, ki tissa, we learn much about moshe and God’s complicated relationship, through the nature of their interactions.  by now, they seem to have developed an interesting dynamic in which God has singled moshe out from the rest of the people, almost as a companion or confidante.  it is moshe that is Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Parshat Tetzaveh: Spiritual Accessorie​s

Posted on February 13, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I hope this email finds you well. Last week was quite the jam-packed, rainy and nearly sleepless week! My dad was visiting last week so we were busy with Torah study at Pardes, touring the country, shopping (of course) and visiting with family and friends. We had a great time!! But like my Continue Reading »