These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Rambam / Maimonides

Hallel: a Jewish response to the axial tilt

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Jonah P.

Humans are fundamentally tropical animals. When we ventured out from the equator where our species originated, we survived only by bringing the tropics with us. In our schools, cars, and homes we crank up the thermostat well into the 70s (that’s 20s Celsius for the non-Americans.) We must indulge in humidifiers, moisturizers, and lip balm Continue Reading »

Two minutes on the clock.

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Suzanne Hutt

The month of Elul is a wake-up call. As the month before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, it is a chance to do some very serious soul searching and think about what/who/how I want to be in the coming year. We have been discussing this idea in each of my classes – what does Continue Reading »

Hashem’s Golden Bong

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Yisrael Ben Avraham

Is it just me, or does the opening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas sound a lot like the Torah’s ingredient list for the incense offering? We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored Continue Reading »

Photos: Maimonides’ Original Commentary on Mishnah

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Jessica Jobanek

Pardes students visited the National Library of Israel with our teacher Levi Cooper to see Maimonides’ original commentary on the Mishna

[Alumni Guest Post] Striving to Taste Bread

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Eryn London (Summer ’06 & ’07, Community Education ’10, Year ’10-’11, Hourly ’11-’12) made Aliya from New Jersey three years ago. She is currently studying in the Manhiga Hilchatit Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, which is a 5 year advanced Halacha learning program. Beyond learning she also runs activities at a nursing home, teaches theatre, and Continue Reading »

Hebron: Chayei Sarah Dvar Torah

Posted on October 27, 2013 by Ben Schneider

Based on a Dvar Torah I delivered this Friday night. I was surprised that I was able to connect with prayer at the Cave of Machpelah. By the time we reached the cave on Tuesday, we had been in Hebron for about five hours. We had toured the city, met with the spokesman of the Continue Reading »

[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 »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Korach 5773: May One Argue With One’s Rabbi?

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi David Levin-Kruss discusses Parashat Korach in “May One Argue With One’s Rabbi?” Korach ’73 Click here to download accompanying source sheet. Shabbat shalom!

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Naso 5773: The Nazirite

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi Alex Israel discusses Parashat Naso in “The Nazirite.” Naso ’73 Shabbat shalom!

Unexpected Encounters: The Jewish Holidays and the Other – Shavuot

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

Pardes is pleased to present the third episode of our new podcast series by Rabbi Daniel Landes, Unexpected Encounters: The Jewish Holidays and the Other. This episode is on Shavuot. Episode title: Shavuot–Kedushat HaKotel UE: Shavuot Click here for the accompanying handouts. Pardes thanks the Alexander Soros Foundation, the sponsor for the series.

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