These and Those

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[PCJE Dvar Torah] Trust in God?

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Candace Mittel

I like to think of our forefathers and their descendants, the crucial figures we meet in Tanach, as relevant role models, exhibiting features and characteristics we should venture to adopt into our own lives today.  Of course, many of their actions make us wriggle—Abraham’s fervor and zeal (and lack of hesitation) when God commands him Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Non-kosher Torah

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Why is the Torah full of such non-kosher topics? This week’s parasha contains many dramatic incidents that are certainly not for the faint hearted.  We delve into the good, the bad and the ugly. Incident number one. The story begins with a tale of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph is Jacob’s favourite child and he Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Finding Blessing in Struggle

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Dita Ribner Cooper

During a hike outside of Jerusalem on our first Pardes shabbaton I found myself walking behind two people that had just met. Like all first meetings go, they each introduced themselves, asked where the other was from, and where the other person was living during his/her year in Pardes. It was the beginning of what Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Girl Fight

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Elana Shilling

I don’t really know what happens when two men fight, having never been a man and thus never had a man fight. But alas! After painstaking research via observation of the male species, surveying video clips on the popular site YouTube, and absorbing pop culture, I have managed to create what I believe to be Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Answer to Their Prayers

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Heather Kantrowitz

“Yitzhak pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren.” The Torah doesn’t tell us what his prayer consisted of, only that God answered his pleas and Rivka conceived. This led me to wonder what it entailed, especially because his requests were accepted by God. One of the reasons I think Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] What Would Avraham Say About the Pew Survey?

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Josh Pernick

Yes, that Avraham. The Jewish world has been afire in recent weeks with responses to the new Pew survey on American Jewish life which shows an increasing rate of secularism, intermarriage and the like within the Jewish community. In one of the more inflammatory responses, Gabriel Roth of Slate.com advises American Jews to “embrace your Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Did Abraham Fail his Test?

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Anna Pomson

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son” Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on” God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?” God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but The next time you see me comin’ you better run” Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?” God Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] The Eternal Search

Posted on October 10, 2013 by AdAm Mayer

So many of us are Searching – see ourselves somewhere along our Jewish Journey. This post-modern cultural phenomenon with which we are all too familiar, I would argue, is not a modern ‘phenomenon’, rather began in ~1948 (~1813 B.C.E.) with Avraham. Or to put it another way, Avraham was the first to successfully share his Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] The Tower of Bavel

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

I will be sharing this dvar Torah at the Pardes Shabbatonthis weekend – enjoy! Maybe everyone has read the parsha already, but if not, at the end there is a very short story of the Tower of Bavel. And they said: וַיֹּאמְרוּ הָבָה נִבְנֶה-לָּנוּ עִיר, וּמִגְדָּל וְרֹאשׁוֹ בַשָּׁמַיִם, וְנַעֲשֶׂה-לָּנוּ, שֵׁם: פֶּן-נָפוּץ, עַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָאָרֶץ. ‘Come, let Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] One for Two and Two for One

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Jeff Amshalem

Here’s a teaching of R. Aharon of Karlin (1802-1872) based on teachings his grandfather, Aharon the Great of Karlin (1736-1772), one of the earliest Hasidic rebbes, gave at Simhat Torah. Before we start, it’s worth taking a look at the midrash that will be the lynchpin of the teaching, from Bereishit Rabbah 8:1. Said Rabbi Jeremiah ben Continue Reading »