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

Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

בשלח, beshallach

Posted on January 12, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

In this week’s parsha, God finally makes good on His promise to the Jewish people and gets the Israelites out of Egypt in style.  This is no shabby saving; The hand of God Himself causes the sea to swell and the waters to part.  While the Israelites breeze through on dry land with walls of Continue Reading »

בא, bo

Posted on January 6, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

this is the parsha where it all happens.  the full wrath of God, manifested in swarming locusts and complete darkness, falls not only pharoah but on the egyptian people, while the israelites watch protected on the sidelines.  when God sent thunder and hail and fire raining down on all of egypt, which struck every man Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Parshat Va’era

Posted on January 2, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Much of the Book of Exodus, including last week’s Parshat Va’era, is about linking the beginnings of the world, and particularly the history of one family (i.e. Abraham and Sarah’s), their struggles and triumphs, to the development and history of a specific nation, soon to be known as Bnei Yisrael–the Jewish People. I Continue Reading »

וארא, va’era

Posted on December 30, 2010 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parsha, parshat וארא,  i struggled with God’s hand in the hardening of pharoah’s heart and the destruction and violence that result.  while pharoah certainly has within him the seed to be the oppressive, tyrannical ruler that dominates this parsha, pharoah’s refusal and stubbornness to release the jewish people, seems to stem from Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Parshat Shmot

Posted on December 26, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe how the winter months are passing and in particular, that the ‘holiday season’ is upon us. In Israel, you don’t really feel that it’s almost Christmas — there are no colourfully decorated trees in front yards, no “Jingle Bells” playing in the mall. Being in a dominantly Jewish society Continue Reading »

שמות, shmot

Posted on December 21, 2010 by Avi Strausberg

we get our first hint “that we’re not in kansas in anymore” (dorothy, wizard of oz), when on our first page of our brand new book shmot, we learn that there’s a new king in town, and this new king does not know nor seem to care at all for joseph.  this first parsha שמות, Continue Reading »

ויחי, vayechi

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Avi Strausberg

oops! I forgot to post this last week! this week’s parsha, ויחי, “he lived,” opens and closes with death.  yaakov, recently uprooted from his home and supplanted to egypt, makes his son yosef swear that he will bury him in the burial place of his fathers.  even after yosef agrees without protest, yaakov insists yosef Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Peaceful Slumber

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, Last week I was reading through the parsha and was struck by very familiar words, namely those of Jacob when he blesses Joseph’s sons, Efraim and Menashe. Sensing his death is near, Jacob beckons his grandsons to receive his blessing. יד  וַיִּשְׁלַח יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-יְמִינוֹ וַיָּשֶׁת עַל-רֹאשׁ אֶפְרַיִם, וְהוּא הַצָּעִיר, וְאֶת-שְׂמֹאלוֹ, עַל-רֹאשׁ מְנַשֶּׁה:  שִׂכֵּל, Continue Reading »

בראשית לשמות, beresheit to shmot

Posted on December 16, 2010 by Avi Strausberg

on the closing of beresheit, the first book, and the opening of shmot, the second, i wanted to put side-by-side two haikus.  the one through which i opened beresheit and one to reflect on the story of what’s been told.  we’ve come along way in a few months.  from the darkness and the divisions of Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Appreciate the Question!

Posted on December 11, 2010 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, I hope you are all recovering from the oil-filled foods from Channukah. I know that I’ve had more than my share of those miraculous treats! Late last week, I was learning the parsha with a dear friend of mine, Chippy, and we were reading small sections and asking questions, reading further on and Continue Reading »