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Why I am Fasting Today – A Reflection on Yitzhak Rabin z”l Yarzheit 5782

Posted on October 18, 2021 by Dani Satlow

Daniel Satlow is a first-year PCJE student. Growing up attending Jewish Day School, I always knew that the Fast of Gedalia was done in commemoration of the assassination of a Jewish leader in charge of Israel following the destruction of the First Temple. This leader, Gedalia, son of Ahikam was accused of collaborating with the Continue Reading »

Rabbinic Israel Seminar 2021 – Galil Tiyul Reflection

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Claire Abramovitz

Claire Abramovitz is a second-year Fellow and Talmudic Literature Fellow at the Pardes Institute for Jewish studies. When she’s not steeping herself in Torah, she is most likely working on a play, poem, story, painting, a batch of fresh pasta dough, and of course many, many soups. I sit in the water and I wait Continue Reading »

Reflections on the Rabbinic Seminar: Enjoying Torah Best in the Marketplace

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Audrey Honig

This was written by Pardes year student Audrey Honig (Summer ’20, Year ’21-’22). Audrey graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2021, where she studied Religion and English. Audrey is passionate about Jewish summer camp, playing the flute, and reading. On one of my favorite stops during the tiyul, we squished together to overlook an ancient market Continue Reading »

Rabbinic Israel Seminar Tiyul 2021: Pardes Shabbaton Reflection Parashat Lech Lecha

Posted on October 17, 2021 by Hannah Greenberg

This blog post was written by Hannah Greenberg is a second-year student at Pardes and part of the Pardes Day School Educators Program, Cohort 21. Last weekend, taking advantage of the last of our gorgeous summer weather, we went on our first Pardes Shabbaton to the Galil. Taking the Sanhedrin trail we walked the path Continue Reading »

Failing to Hear God’s Call

Posted on May 2, 2021 by Carole Daman

This blog piece was written by Carole Daman (Year ’73-’74, Spirituality Retreat ’13, ’14, ’15, ’17, ’18,  WPLS ’08, ’09,  PLS ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16 ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20). Sefer Vayikra begins with an invitation and ends with a warning of alienation. According to Ramban, the Sefer sets forth laws meant to protect the Continue Reading »

A Torah Scholar Who Has Forgotten All His Torah

Posted on February 9, 2021 by Lexie Botzum

Rabbah was called the uprooter of mountains, while Rav Yosef was called Sinai; Rabbah for his sharp and discerning pilpul, Rav Yosef for the unbelievable expansiveness of his Torah knowledge. Which is preferable as a rosh yeshiva, the gemara on Horayot 14a asks? Sinai. But Rav Yosef deferred to his colleague. We’re told of Rav Continue Reading »

Reflections on New Leaders in Parashat Beshalach given on the occasion of my mother’s yahrzeit

Posted on January 26, 2021 by Carole Daman

This blog piece was written by Carole Daman (Year ’73-’74, Spirituality Retreat ’13, ’14, ’15, ’17, ’18,  WPLS ’08, ’09,  PLS ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16 ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20). Each year a Day of Learning is dedicated in memory of her late mother, Rose Grossman Goldberg / Brayna Raizel bat Avraham z”l. The following Continue Reading »

From the 2-State Solution to Yaakov’s Dream

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Yonatan Rahmani

The Oslo Accords presented an opportunity for the Jewish State that was never fully actualized. The generation of Israeli teens that witnessed the country split among deep rifts in 1993 and 1994 was also the generation that shed tears in 1995. This generation, I learned, is known as the Candle Generation. They witnessed the First Continue Reading »

Miracle, Revisited

Posted on December 25, 2014 by Suzanne Hutt

“5…4…3…2…1…Do you believe in miracles??!” That’s one of the most blood-pumping, invigorating moments in one of my very favorite movies, Miracle, about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. The miracle in the movie is that the inexperienced, comparatively young U.S. team could beat the seemingly invincible Soviet team. When we talk about miracles, we often Continue Reading »

[Alumni] You Still Have Chanukah

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Bracha Berkson

I remember the first Chanukah I ever celebrated. It was 2003 and I had been thinking about converting for a little over a year. I was already in the process of meeting with a Rabbi and was beginning to participate in Jewish holidays. I was also living at the time with my non-Jewish boyfriend. November Continue Reading »