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Tag Archives: Rabbi Michael Hattin

[Guest Post] Birthday

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Rivka Epstein

Rivka Epstein, married to Pardes instructor Rabbi Michael Hattin, wrote the following piece on the occasion of their son, Elchanan’s, first jump with the IDF. I gave birth today. But my belly was steel and my arms, wings. I flew above the sands, precariously positioned myself, and ejected a life. Gracefully, he dropped, gravity his Continue Reading »

The Panel

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Alana Bandos

Today at Pardes, we had a faculty panel about the conflict and two related day trips- one to Hevron and the other a tour of 3 vastly different cities (a Charedi village, secular Kibbutz, and Arab-Israeli village). On the panel sat Meir Schweiger, Rahel Berkovits, Tovah Leah Nachmani, and Daniel Roth, four incredible teachers from Continue Reading »

The Small Stuff (Shabbaton Dvar)

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Suzanne Hutt

When I learned that the theme of this Shabbaton would be “Building Community,” I asked Meesh if I could speak about something that I am extremely passionate about, and thankfully she said yes. But before I get to that, I want to talk about what we are, all of us, which is basically a room Continue Reading »

Jenn Mager’s Museum Musings: The Israel Museum

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Jenn Mager

Last Thursday, Michael Hattin provided an outstanding tour of the Archaeology Wing of the Israel Museum.  I had visited the museum several times; the tour provided me with a much deeper understanding of the significance of the exhibit.  It is the largest collection of biblical archaeology in the world.  Walking through the Archaeology Wing is Continue Reading »

[PCJE Graduation] Who is Brave, not Crazy?

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Cara Abrams-Simonton

My PCJE graduation speech: Good evening. It is an honor to stand before you today as I graduate from the Pardes Educators Program. Over the past two years I have been privileged to study in this very Beit Midrash and in the classrooms of Pardes. In this room I have fallen in love with text Continue Reading »

[PCJE Graduation] Chazak V’Ematz

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Heather Kantrowitz

My PCJE graduation speech: Chazak V’Ematz – Be strong and resolute. These are the words that Yehoshua spoke to Bnei Yisrael upon entering the land of Israel thousands of years ago. Today, I speak these words to my friends and peers as we prepare to enter new territory – the land of teaching. This fall, Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Chukat: Miriam’s Well

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi Michael Hattin discusses Parashat Chukat in “Miriam’s Well” Chukat

[PEP Graduation ’13] And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Hannah Perlis

Here’s my Dvar from last week’s PEP Graduation! Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons once said, “When I grow up I wanna be a Principal or a Caterpillar.” When I was younger I thought I wanted to be a supermarket cashier because you get to stand near the candy all day. I learned a lot about Continue Reading »

[PEEP Graduation ’13] Athletes of God

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Leah Kahn

Here is my dvar Torah from the PCJE Graduation ceremony! Martha Graham was one of the sages, entrepreneurs and Rebbes of modern dance. Says Graham: “I believe that we learn by practice. It is the performance of a dedicated, precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Sefer Shmuel: The Poem

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

By RRC student Kate Cook (hourly ’12-’13), for the siyum of Michael Hattin’s Sefer Shmuel class. In our reading of Shmuel we got the p’shat of Characters, plot or a literary theme. Intertextuality we’ve had quite a lot of But not the centrality of the kelim. For instance the spear: Plishtim cornered the market With Continue Reading »