These and Those

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

Tag Archives: reflections / testimonials

I first fell in love with midrash…

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Deborah Galaski

Here’s a little bit about my article: “For the Sake of the Righteous:Divine Love and Human Responsibility in Bereshit Rabba” I first fell in love with midrash when I read a passage in Bereshit Rabba, describing the moment when God created the first human being. I was in my second year of graduate school, where Continue Reading »

My Ayeka experience at Pardes

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Adrienne Silver

My experience with Ayeka has been a transformative one. Ayeka’s safe, open environment allowed me to explore areas of my religious life that I would not have otherwise explored. It forced me to grapple with issues that I have decidedly ignored in the past. For the first time, I felt encouraged to read texts subjectively Continue Reading »

Radical amazement on Pardes’ end-of-year Shabbaton

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Soffer

Originally posted on the Masa blog a couple weeks ago: By Jordan Soffer, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies This past Shabbat Pardes had a tiyul and Shabbaton to the Galil. Prior to the tiyul, while briefly skimming the itinerary, I imagined that this Shabbaton would be the same as every Shabbaton I have been on since Continue Reading »

Lost in the Rhythm

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Andrew Lustig

Originally posted on the Masa Blog:   I came to Israel – to the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies – 10 months ago, so that I could study and become familiar with Jewish text. I wanted very much to live a ‘Jewish life.’ I just didn’t know what that entailed or meant.   Judaism, for Continue Reading »

Brainwashing

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Nikki Fig

As many in the Pardes community know, my year at Pardes has been decidedly unique. I originally only intended to stay through Elul, but every month I decided I would stay “for one more month.” My unwillingness to leave led my family and friends in America to conclude that I must be being “brainwashed”. This Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Encounter: Bringing More Into View

Posted on May 20, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Bruce Shaffer‘s (Pardes Summer ’06, Spring ’11) testimonial about Encounter originally appeared in Boulder Jewish News, March 8, 2012. We reposted to These&Those with his permission. Copyright 2012, Boulder Jewish News. Encounter: Bringing More Into View By Bruce Shaffer on ‍‍March 8, 2012 – 14 Adar 5772 Zoomed in tight, images from the West Bank of Continue Reading »

Rodef Shalom course

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Dr. J. Golden

I first learned about this wonderful program through the Pardes newsletter.  I was in Brazil at the time and had already missed the first class, but I immediately wrote to see if it would still be possible for me to join the course.  I also invited my M.A. student, Joshua Barer, to enroll in the Continue Reading »

[Alumni Post] Yeshiva Attack

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Barer

This testimonial was written by Pardes alumnus Daniel Schwartz (Year ’10-’11): Jeff’s reaction to Orthodox Paradox? Noah Feldman had been too easy on the yeshivas of his youth. I can’t help but look back on the bulk of my yeshiva education with bitterness. My teachers smoothed over all the tensions that animate contemporary Judaism, petrifying Continue Reading »

A little something to brighten our days

Posted on April 16, 2012 by Heligman

I have been studying at Pardes for almost two years now. I am not in the Educators Program or the Year Program – I am in the life program. I want to share why I will never leave Pardes, why Pardes students glow when you ask them about their time there, why I am getting Continue Reading »

Alumna Published!

Posted on July 3, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

Alum Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz’s testimonial has been published in the San Diego Jewish World! You read it here first 🙂