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Once Every Seven Years: Dismissing Debt on Rosh Hashanah

Posted on September 21, 2022

The concept of Shemittah – the Jewish Sabbatical Year – includes among other things a provision to release people from debts owed to others. Though clearly a noble and moral sentiment, such a law can easily lead to problematic situations and even exploitation. Levi Cooper delves into one possible solution to this issue, provided by Continue Reading »

Rabbi Leon Morris: Speech from 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Posted on September 20, 2022

Edited remarks by Pardes President, Rabbi Leon Morris, delivered at Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event. The event took place on September 19, 2022 at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. One of my favorite rabbinic texts is the description found in the Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael of the way in which Moshe remembers to take Continue Reading »

Recapping Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Posted on September 19, 2022

JERUSALEM – Overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, friends of Pardes gathered today at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem for a beautiful program to kick off a year off 50th-anniversary celebrations. Viewers from around the world tuned in as well via live stream on Pardes’s Facebook page, many of whom left touching comments about Continue Reading »

Synagogue Teshuva

Posted on September 19, 2022

As synagogues plan for a new year of programming and community building, now is the perfect time to reprioritize ways to better serve marginalized people.

Have Faith: A New Spiritual Leader

Posted on September 2, 2022

Rabbi Giulia Fleishman continues her work at 2Life Communities.

Argue for the Sake of Heaven

Posted on August 22, 2022

by Elisheva Gray –  When they were having their animated disagreements so many centuries ago, could the wise Jewish sages Hillel and Shammai have imagined how much we would still look to them today to help us navigate our fragmented world? Mishna Avot, a third-century collection of teachings, reminds us that “any mahloket (disagreement) that is l’shem shamayim (for Continue Reading »

Author/Educator Rabbi Mike Uram to Speak at Annual Cardin Leadership Symposium

Posted on August 22, 2022

Rabbi Mike Uram tends to be a big-picture kind of guy. A Cleveland native who now lives in the Philadelphia area, he tells a story about his first visit to Baltimore as a teenager with his older brother. While walking around Fells Point and noticing its wide variety of taverns and alehouses, they were more Continue Reading »

Jewish Education: Why We Should Care

Posted on August 2, 2022

The field of Jewish education in North America boasts a wealth of talented and dedicated professionals. These are educators, administrators, scholars, board members, and funders who commit their days, and often their careers, to this work. We brought three of them together for a conversation about the current state of Jewish education and about where Continue Reading »

Combining Torah and the Arts at Pardes

Posted on June 22, 2022

This article was originally published in the December 2021 edition of Pardes’s Havruta magazine. To learn more about the Pardes Arts and Culture Fellowship, visit www.pardes.org.il/pardes-arts-culture-fellowship or email Ilana HaCohen at ilana@pardes.org.il.  

The emerging rabbinic pulpit

Posted on June 10, 2022

Pardes Board member and alum Faith Leener (Year ’10-’11, Summer ’17) is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the growing Base Movement (check them out: www.basemovement.org).