These and Those

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

Tag Archives: symbolism / analogy / metaphor

What A Pardes Student Thinks About on Mother’s Day

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Jessica Katz

What A Pardes Student Thinks About on Mother’s Day (if they hold by it) I think about you most when I’m walking around Jerusalem. It is so beautiful- tiny curved streets with antique stone houses. Everything is a little bit smaller and closer together (perfectly sized for me) or maybe it all just seems little Continue Reading »

Born From a Lightning Bolt

Posted on May 5, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: This poem is inspired by one of my wonderful friends. Born from a Lightning Bolt You were born from a lightning bolt. Your life unfolds in storm: violent here, crashing there, silent now as you wait for the flood. Your sharp hair whips at your chin and the gold in your ears Continue Reading »

Bound. because I Want to.

Posted on May 4, 2013 by Sam Kaye

I’m leaving for Israel and my father hands me two bags. “Take these with you. The furrier, Shlomo, your great grandmother’s brother-in-law, left them to me. Find out if it’s meaningful for you.” The first is black felt, light to the touch, with a golden Magen David embroidered in cord on its front. The Tallit Continue Reading »

Build a Temple

Posted on April 21, 2013 by Tadea Klein

We have built Temples of our bodies, dear Built them in sweat and groaning In the saliva that collects in your mouth when pushed too hard The dryness in your throat when pushed too far The burn of muscles over-used And the shaking relief when we fall, exhausted, in sprawled heaps of splayed-out limbs Only Continue Reading »

Ghosts in the night

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Abayiss

Tonight is the night.   No, I am not OK. No, you can not help. No, you do not understand. No, I am not alone.   Tonight is the night I dread all year. All the ghosts that have been pushed into the shadows (with the exception of the occasional visit) come out. Tonight is their Continue Reading »

[Video] A Matzoh Story

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Mary Brett Koplen

Things You Can Make With Leftover Matzoh: Matzoh Brei, Matzoh Cookies, Matzoh Balls, Matzoh Stories.

Desert Sand

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Laurie Franklin

I am the desert sand: Hot sand of mid-day, Cold sand of clear night. Feet press into me, And speak a language I understand. I feel the joy of dancing, the resolute march of armies, The fluttering of small children at play. Always, always footprints press Then blow away. Each grain of my sand seeds Continue Reading »

Love and a Pigeon

Posted on April 1, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: Ten Characteristics of a Good Pigeon Handler: The pigeon handler is moderate in his disposition. A reckless pigeon handler frightens the pigeons. The pigeon handler is loyal and responsible and carries out his tasks in an orderly and punctual fashion. The pigeon handler is kindhearted and cares for each and every pigeon. Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Passover: What’s it all 4?

Posted on March 26, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Chaya Kaplan-Lester (Year ’97-’98) shares this beautiful Passover insight: Why are there so many 4’s in the seder? First, dimensionality. You take a point, it has no dimension to it. You add another point and you have a line, the dimension of length. You add a 3rd point and you get length and height. But Continue Reading »

D’var Torah: Parashat Tzav (Rishon)

Posted on March 23, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Alum Daniel Shibley (Yr. ’11, Fellows ’12) writes about his official beginning of being drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in the context of Parshat Tzav: With great power comes great responsibility. Now that the Tabernacle has been completed and we have received the instructions on how to make the appropriate offerings, the next piece Continue Reading »