These and Those

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

Tag Archives: ethics / morals / values

[Alumni Guest Post] The Tav Pledge: A slice of social justice

Posted on March 17, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Alum Katie Greenberg asked us to repost her article about the Tav Chevrati from THE TIMES OF ISRAEL here on These&Those: When I came to Jerusalem three years ago to study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish studies, I was returning to a familiar city. Unlike many of my classmates I had lived in Jerusalem Continue Reading »

Coercion – an inner struggle

Posted on February 6, 2012 by J. Belasco

I find that I would like to explore more intensively the question of where flexibility exists within halacha and what to do with conflict between the halachic system and my other values. This is particularly important for me right now, since I am on the brink of moving out of the bubble of Pardes and Continue Reading »

בשלח

Posted on February 3, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s parsha the Israelites truly become free, as they finally and unmistakably escape from the Egyptians, singing jubilantly after seeing the Egyptians drown in the Red Sea.  Immediately after the Song of the Sea, we are introduced to one of the motifs of the time in the midbar (while traditionally translated desert, there Continue Reading »

בא

Posted on January 27, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s parsha, the story of the ten plagues ends, and Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) finally leave Egypt.  One source of potential moral consternation is the collecting of all sorts of goods on the part of the Israelites from their (former) Egyptian slave-masters.  Hashem gives the instructions for the fulfillment of a Continue Reading »

Let its Memory be for a Blessing

Posted on January 12, 2012 by Soffer

Originally posted here. This week we begin the book of Shemot. What is fascinating about how most students learn this narrative is that before even reading the text for the first time, they have already been taught the outcome. Inevitably, the tragedy of Jewish enslavement seems less severe, because the student understands slavery is the Continue Reading »

A Shabbat Experience

Posted on January 7, 2012 by Andrea Wiese

All week I had been excited to spend my Shabbat in the “Gush” with two of my teachers. They always have students in their homes for Shabbat, and the anticipation had been building since I heard about other students wonderful experiences. We (Hannah, Yishai, and Amber) left Jerusalem around 1:30, which was way too early, Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] A Quick Thought on Liberal Judaism

Posted on January 5, 2012 by Barer

by Zach Margulies (Year Program 2010-11): One of the central tenets of liberal Judaism is that we make informed choices.  The Reform movement’s mantra of “Choice through Knowledge,” even if often ignored in the Reform movement itself, is still a significant thread that runs through the liberal Jewish world, and which I strongly believe in.  Even Continue Reading »

Breaking News Wave

Posted on November 8, 2011 by The Director of Digital Media

This year we are very lucky to have Rabbi Hayim Leiter mentoring us in the Beit Midrash, but we only just found out about his passion for surfing! Check out his most recent dvar Torah at The Jewish Surfer:   Sunday The Rabbi Went Surfing A Surfer’s Vort* Rav Hayim Leiter provides an Etzah* Parashat Continue Reading »

Russel vs. Chamberlain

Posted on November 5, 2011 by Soffer

Originally Posted for Shabbat Lech Lecha: Wilt Chamberlain? There is not doubt that he was great. But, Bill Russel? He’s the best that ever was. In sports, greatness cannot be measured in simple statistics–if that were possible, Chamberlain would easily be the greatest player in NBA history. But, as any sports fan knows, there is Continue Reading »

[Fellows Dvar Torah] Pluralism

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Barer

[This is a slightly emended version of the D’var Torah I gave to the Fellows last week:] “We have benedictions for all occasions…And on beholding a Jewish audience [of 600,000 or more] the Talmud [Berachot 58a] prescribes a special benediction: [“Baruch chacham harazim sh’ein da’atam dome zeh la’zeh v’ein partzufeihen domim zeh la’zeh”]  Blessed is Continue Reading »