These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Take 5

Pardes Take 5 – Rebecca Schisler

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Rebecca Schisler

Rebecca Schisler is a Pardes Year Program Student and the Arts and Culture Fellow. She reflects on what brought her to study this year at Pardes. She delivered this “Take 5” on Thursday, February 20. Pardes has been given permission to publish it. I was invited to speak to kick off recruitment week, which got Continue Reading »

“Water Wears Away Stone”: The (Soft) Power of Torah  — Reflections after a year of learning at Pardes

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Mira Niculescu

At Pardes, we have a great tradition. It’s called “Take Five”: A few months into the program, right before community lunch on Thursday, we all gather in the Beit Midrash to hear a student share five minutes of Torah. I love this practice. For the listeners, it’s a beautiful way to gain insight into other Continue Reading »

Diversifying the Meaning of Home

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Carrie Watkins

I AM DIVERSIFYING THE MEANING OF HOME A Seven Word Story: I am diversifying the meaning of home. I feel at home In this homesickness, finding Comfort in longing I travel onwards Metaphor and love guiding Water after rain I have diversified the meaning of home In the taste of kedem grape juice on shabbat Continue Reading »

[Take 5] My Poland Trip in Perspective

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

This past Sunday night was Simchat Torah. I spent the evening in the Pardes beit midrash, dancing and singing, along with many of you. The energy in the room was palpable, and filled me up with a feeling of pure joy. I experienced a particularly moving moment when the singing shifted to “Am Yisrael Chai: Continue Reading »

Week 19: Tastes of Home

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Derek Kwait

(X-posted from my home blog, Yinzer in Yerushalayim) As I end my first semester in Israel, I am surrounded by reminders of where I come from and how I got here. It started last Thursday night, when I made halushki, a Central/Eastern European dish popular in Western Pennsylvania, at my friend מיכאל’s (pronounced “Mee-kha-el”) apartment Continue Reading »

[Take Five] My Jewish Heroes – Derek Kwait

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Leah Stern: My Hero

Posted on December 1, 2011 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Insights into the Shema

Posted on November 24, 2011 by Naomi Zaslow

[Take 5] Kalie Kelman on Poland Trip

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Barer

For most of college, I yearned for a strong cultural connection. My freshman year, I went to Cost Rica, and so I became fascinated with Central America. I started learning Spanish, and it was all very interesting but it wasn’t something to which I could personally connect. Then sophomore year, I took a class in Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Jon Leener: Real Blessings

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Joel D.