These and Those

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

Tag Archives: ethics / morals / values

My Modern Jewish Thoughts

Posted on May 24, 2013 by Naomi Bilmes

From my blog: The most challenging course I am taking at Pardes is called “Critical Issues in Modern Jewish Thought.” There is no Hebrew involved. There is no Aramaic. I don’t even have to memorize birth and death dates of famous Jewish thinkers. What I do have to do, however, is think for myself. And Continue Reading »

With apologies to the foodies…

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Jeff Amshalem

From my blog: From R. Uziel Meizlish of Ostrog, Tiferes Uziel, Beha’alotecha שָׁטוּ הָעָם וְלָקְטוּ וְטָחֲנוּ בָרֵחַיִם אוֹ דָכוּ בַּמְּדֹכָה וּבִשְּׁלוּ בַּפָּרוּר וְעָשׂוּ אֹתוֹ עֻגוֹת וְהָיָה טַעְמוֹ כְּטַעַם לְשַׁד הַשָּׁמֶן The people walked about and gathered it. Then they ground it in a mill or crushed it in a mortar, cooked it in a pot and made it Continue Reading »

What goes around comes around

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Jeff Amshalem

From my blog: A nugget from Zeev Wolf of Zhitomir, Or haMeir, Behaalotecha If you see people spreading lies about you, know for sure they are only giving you back your own, and that you have brought this upon yourself because you could not keep your mouth shut.

Enlisting the Torah: My Encounter Trip Reflection

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Kayla Higgins

Our bus returned to Jerusalem an hour before Shabbat candle-lighting time. I quickly biked home to shower and light the candles before heading out to my friend’s place for dinner. It was only at twilight, while walking along the Rakevet (the old railroad tracks that cut across the south Jerusalem) and reading from a commentary Continue Reading »

[Faculty Guest Post] In Memorium: Michael Rosenak z”l

Posted on May 19, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

In Memorium: Michael Rosenak z”l – Rabbi Daniel Landes The loss of Mike Rosenak is of particular significance to the world of Jewish education, and certainly to Pardes. Mike was an early leader of Pardes and saw and promoted its promise. From my vantage point, he was interested in two large ideas. The first was Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Naso 5773: The Nazirite

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi Alex Israel discusses Parashat Naso in “The Nazirite.” Naso ’73 Shabbat shalom!

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Behar-Bechukotai 5773: An Economic Vision of Justice

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy discusses Parashat Behar-Bechukotai in “An Economic Vision of Justice.” b-b ’73 Shabbat shalom!

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5773: Shatnez

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Emma Sevitz

This week, Rabbi David Levin-Kruss discusses Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim in “Shatnez.” am-k ’73 Click here for the accompanying source sheet. Shabbat shalom!

[PCJE Dvar Torah] A Bridge Between – by Avi Spodek

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Avi Spodek

Over these past few weeks I have been reading Steven R. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as part of my coursework in Jewish educational leadership. Covey’s message and delivery are inspiring, and I highly recommend to this book to anyone and everyone. Its main premise is that leaders are most effective when Continue Reading »

Present and Accounted For

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Naomi Minsky

Naomi Minsky (Year ’13, PEP ’15) came to Pardes this year for the Year Program, and will be returning next year as a member of the Pardes Educators Program! Since my teenage years I secretly wanted to pursue a career as a doctor. This is not because I am scientific and enjoy learning about the Continue Reading »