These and Those

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

Tag Archives: Truth / truths

דברים

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Barer

From my blog This week we begin the final book of the Torah, Dvarim, which consists mostly of Moshe’s final speech to the Israelites.  In this week’s parsha Moshe recounts the sin of the spies.  Curiously, though, it has a number of inconsistencies with the original telling: Moshe says this week that the people approached Continue Reading »

דברים, devarim

Posted on August 4, 2011 by Avi Strausberg

in this week’s parshat devarim, moshe becomes a master of words.  his new-found verbosity is notable given how lacking he was in the words department forty years back.  but, a lot has changed both with the jewish people and with moshe.  and now, as the people are finally about to enter the promised land, moshe Continue Reading »

Reckless youth?

Posted on November 26, 2010 by Mosheh

We see a fascinating and at first glance disturbing pattern in Joseph’s life this week. He tells his brothers about multiple dreams where he is not only in a place of tremendous power and success, but where the brothers are in a place of subjugation. Could he not have left the latter part out? We Continue Reading »

On Imperfection

Posted on November 9, 2009 by Mosheh

I just want to say one thing: I love our tradition. The following is commentary, so buckle in. I love our tradition because of the way it normalizes and honors imperfection – the real, as opposed to idealized, experience of our lives. We will start with examples in Halakhah and then move on to our Continue Reading »