These and Those

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

Tag Archives: terrorism

(More Than) a Week Later

Posted on April 2, 2011 by Shibley

Over a week ago, Jerusalem was struck with the blight of terrorism once again. I am not going to spend time or words rehashing the events, as they are no doubt well known by now. However, in the 10 days since the most recent act of terror perpetrated against Israel, we have continued to live Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Consumed by the Fire?

Posted on March 27, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, This past week’s parsha includes one of the few narratives in the book of Vayikra, namely the divinely ordained death of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, upon presenting their voluntary fire offering. But the telling of the acts of Nadav and Avihu and their subsequent deaths are brief and perplexing. We do not Continue Reading »

Reflections on riding the bus in Jerusalem

Posted on March 25, 2011 by David Bogomolny

In light of the recent bombing in Jeruslam, Pardes alum Courtney Miller (Spring 2010) shares a post of hers from last year. Courtney has made Aliyah and now lives in Jerusalem. The bus: my constant companion. I wait for her. I get annoyed with her. I marvel at her. I wish I could give her Continue Reading »

Fear

Posted on March 23, 2011 by David Bogomolny

I tried to call her When I heard of the bombing The lines were busy

Thunder

Posted on March 23, 2011 by Joel D.

The day was marked by a cold rain. I was more afraid of cars splashing me with mud than anything else. We walked alone, cold, calm. He thought it was thunder. My friend said not to worry, it was just thunder. But no rain clouds came, only the screams of sirens. The world stopped as Continue Reading »

Five Minutes for Shalit

Posted on March 15, 2011 by Pious Antic

Living in Israel, it’s impossible to escape the national preoccupation with the plight of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was abducted by Hamas in 2006, and continues to be held hostage today. Today, advocates for Shalit’s release called for people all over Israel to come outside at exactly eleven o’clock and block traffic for Continue Reading »

[PEP Student] Yom Iyun Shel Chesed 2011

Posted on February 20, 2011 by Tamara Frankel

Dear Friends, What a week of learning, both inside and outside the walls of Pardes! A particular highlight for me was picking oranges for an organization called Leket Israel, which provides for Israeli children who are hungry and/or do not received proper nutrition. This volunteering project was organized by Pardes students in loving memory of Continue Reading »

[Take 5] Faith Brigham: Poetry From Poland

Posted on February 9, 2011 by Joel D.

By Faith Brigham “Barefoot and exposed I walk along a shoreline. With the clumping of a million grains of sand, my toes tingle Reminding me of my human-ness. My body-ness. The limitless of these grains tickle my brain as they tickle my limited body. A conch shell lies before me. My eyes gravitate towards its Continue Reading »

Security's Personal Impact

Posted on November 28, 2010 by Shibley

From Shibbles’ Eyes: At this juncture I do not want to address the politics that surround the reality that is the security issue. There is enough to be said and written about the politics to fill several blogs for several decades. As has become my approach, I want to relay three stories/thoughts in which I Continue Reading »

Thoughts on Racial Judaism

Posted on November 9, 2010 by Merissa

Today in class someone asked if I consider myself racially Jewish.  I answered as honestly as possible on the spot, “I don’t know, I am still forming my Jewish identity.”  My thoughts are quick, but not that quick.  Later it occurred to me both why I was speaking in dissent, and how I define myself Continue Reading »