These and Those

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

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Third Story: Jacob and Essau

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Tani Cohen-Fraade

Daniel Roth presented our ‘Judaism and Conflict Resolution’ class for Jewish Educators with this assignment, and below is the ‘Third Story’ that I wrote about Jacob and Essau: It was the day of Reuven’s Bar Mitzvah. All of the brothers were there. Things had been a little awkward between the family and Uncle Esav and Continue Reading »

German Colony Blues

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Yisrael Ben Avraham

“I just don’t get it,” remarked Ya’akov Schmuckwitz as he sighed. A 29 year old resident of the German colony, Ya’akov could be considered most eligible bachelor in Jerusalem.  He starts his day as a criminal defense attorney for high profile clients; that is, clients that can afford his rate of 3000 shekels an hour.  Continue Reading »

Zeus’ Uludag

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Tobias Moss

I had done my share of Mt. Uludag research. Greek mythology had deemed it as one of several mountains named ‘Mt. Olympus.’ Specifically, it was from Uludag that Zeus had the privilege to watch one of the world’s great battles, Troy. In modern times, Zeus’ domain had been reappropriated as a modern expensive ski resort.  Continue Reading »

I remember the first time I saw her.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Jeremy Borovitz

The bus dropped Tamilla and I off in the middle of nowhere, a stop by the side of the road with fields of something green to the left and fields of something yellow to the right. It took another couple minutes for us to lug away the bags of stuff filled with clothes which I Continue Reading »

Tanach Competition – “Third Story”

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Cara Abrams-Simonton

Daniel Roth presented our ‘Judaism and Conflict Resolution’ class for Jewish Educators with this assignment, and below is the modern ‘Third Story’ that I wrote about Jacob and Esav: Mrs. Rivka teaches 7th grade Tanach. There is a young man, Esav, who is the class clown, captain of the soccer team and a bit of Continue Reading »

My ‘Third Story’ Midrash Poem

Posted on January 1, 2014 by AdAm Mayer

Daniel Roth presented our ‘Judaism and Conflict Resolution’ class for Jewish Educators with this assignment, and below is the ‘Third Story’ poem that I wrote about Jacob and Esav: Esav We’re not exactly bad guys, but ever since dad died I’ve meant to get back at him, that trickster, that thief, who stole my place Continue Reading »

More Than Four Faces of Israel | Part 1

Posted on December 28, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

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 »

My ‘Third Story Midrash’

Posted on December 26, 2013 by Dita Ribner Cooper

Daniel Roth presented our ‘Judaism and Conflict Resolution’ class for Jewish Educators with this assignment, and below is the ‘Third Story’ that I wrote about Jacob and Esav: Jacob As I sit here and write this journal entry, I cannot believe that I have acquired the birthright of my family. It started today when, like Continue Reading »

Hillel in the snow.

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

There is a very famous story about Hillel, which follows: “Most famous perhaps is the incident which occurred before his rise to leadership, when he was not yet a scholar, but had a burning desire to study Torah. At that time, Torah study was tightly controlled and limited only to those of the highest caliber 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 »