These and Those

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

Tag Archives: social justice

A Rabbi, a doctor, a biologist, 12 teenagers and a director of spice trade company went together to a dining hall… (Pardes in Turkey 2018)

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Maxim Delchev

A Rabbi, a medical doctor, a biologist, 12 teenagers and a director of spice trade corporation went together to a dining hall…. And that is not the beginning of a very strange joke. But it was exactly what happened to us in our second day in the Pardes trip to Turkey. While we spent most Continue Reading »

Getting out of the Beit Midrash

Posted on October 8, 2014 by Steve Strauss

In Pirkei Avot, we learn the world rests upon 3 things: Torah, service of G-d, and acts of loving kindness. Here at Pardes, we do an excellent job in studying Torah. We engage with text for hours on end each day, debating with our chevruta and analyzing each word we read. We diligently criticize and Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Pigs, camels, cows, and other living things.

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Lisa Motenko

You are what you eat. For Jews, this adage rings especially true because we follow strict dietary laws that strengthen our relationship with G-d, as well as distinguish us from other nations. Growing up I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted – except for pig. Like many assimilated American Jews, my family did not keep kosher, but Continue Reading »

More Than Four Faces of Israel | Part 3

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Sarah Pollack

From my blog: A few weeks ago, an actress came to Pardes to do a kind of skit, stereotyping Four Faces of Israel, or four different people that one will inevitably encounter in Israel. She portrayed the narratives of a Haredi woman, a settler, a kibbutznik and an Arab woman. Somehow, every experience that I have, Continue Reading »

The Pardes Kollel Experience

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Jeff Amshalem

This past week, while I was substitute teaching a halakhah class here at Pardes, I mentioned by way of introduction that as well as being a proud and very busy member of the Pardes Educators Program, I am also, in that context, a member of the Kollel here. People immediately asked, what is this Kollel Continue Reading »

Being a Witness to Something I Saw

Posted on January 3, 2014 by Sarah Pollack

From my blog: Last week, specifically the day after Christmas, I went to Bethlehem. I spent two days in Bethlehem with 15 other participants on a program called Encounter. When I saw the dates of the upcoming trip, I was eager to participate in the cross-cultural exchange, but also eager to venture into Bethlehem, the site Continue Reading »

More Than Four Faces of Israel | Part 2

Posted on December 28, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: A few weeks ago, an actress came to Pardes to do a kind of skit, stereotyping Four Faces of Israel, or four different people that one will inevitably encounter in Israel. She portrayed the narratives of a Haredi woman, a settler, a kibbutznik and an Arab woman. Somehow, every experience that I have, Continue Reading »

Sarah does Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

From my blog: Newsflash, last week was not the week that we read Chayei Sarah. However, it doesn’t mean that I can’t write about it this week! A few weeks ago, Pardes took students on two tiyulim, trips. One tiyul, which I went on, I already wrote about. The other tiyul was to Hebron, a city about an hour Continue Reading »

Animal Justice as Social Justice – Reflections on the JSPCA

Posted on May 19, 2013 by Sydni Adler

All pictures are taken from JSPCA’s website. For the past nine months that I have been in Jerusalem, I have spent the majority of my Fridays volunteering at the Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA). The JSCPA is the largest animal shelter in Jerusalem, holding up to 200 dogs and 150 Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Behar-Bechukotai 5773: An Economic Vision of Justice

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy discusses Parashat Behar-Bechukotai in “An Economic Vision of Justice.” b-b ’73 Shabbat shalom!