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Meesh Hammer-Kossoy Appointed Director of the Year Program

Posted on April 13, 2021

(JERUSALEM – April 13, 2021) Pardes is delighted to announce that Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy has been appointed Director of the Year Program at Pardes. Meesh is uniquely positioned for this role and will oversee all aspects of the Year Program including admissions, program structure, curriculum, work with faculty and department heads, student welfare, and student activities. Meesh Continue Reading »

eJP – The Pardes Mahloket Matters Fellowship

Posted on March 7, 2021

Written by Rabbi Mike Uram (Chief Vision and Education Officer of Pardes North America, Year ’99-’00) – Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today, I, along with my colleagues at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, am thrilled to announce the 31 inaugural Continue Reading »

The Pennsylvania Gazette – A Place for Pluralism

Posted on February 22, 2021

This article discusses the job transition for Pardes’s new chief vision and education officer of Pardes North America, Rabbi Mike Uram and his move from UPENN Hillel after 15 years of service to the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Pardes is excited to welcome Mike on the team. After 15 years working there—and 10 in Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Judaism advises us to follow the doctors

Posted on January 11, 2021

Written by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper (Pardes Faculty) – When the second cholera pandemic reached Prussia in 1831, Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher (1796-1874) was serving there in his first rabbinic post in Pleschen (today Pleszew, Poland), a position he had held since 1822 thanks to the initiative of his teacher, the great Talmudist and chief rabbi Continue Reading »

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A Letter of Thanks from Rav Meir Schweiger

Posted on January 7, 2021

Dear Pardes Community, I would like to formally thank everyone – Pardes staff members, alumni, contributors worldwide – who were involved in the recent campaign to raise $1.5 million for the library, in the new building, to be named in honor of my beloved wife, Malkah, z”l, and myself. From the outset, this project was Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Serah Bat Asher: The one who remembers

Posted on January 4, 2021

Written by Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash (Pardes Faculty) – It is truly remarkable that two short references in the biblical text could generate such a multifaceted woman in midrashic literature. There is a curious reference toward the end of the Book of Genesis to a woman who appears twice in the Torah for no apparent Continue Reading »

Times of Israel: Rabbi Alex Israel featured in “The Wilderness” 10-part series

Posted on December 14, 2020

Written by TOI Staff – The series is narrated by a team of internationally known biblical scholars and archaeologists, including Pardes Institute’s Rabbi Alex Israel; Claire Ruth Pfann, Academic Dean and Instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem; Bar-Ilan University Prof. Ed Greenstein; Ben-Gurion University Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal; Continue Reading »

JTA – How a Bechdel test for Jewish texts is shaking up the beit midrash

Posted on December 13, 2020

This article was written by Shira Hanau of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Interviewed and featured are Pardes faculty members Gila Fine and Rav Rahel Berkovits and Pardes alumna Sara Wolkenfeld (Kollel ’03-’04). Finally, while not mentioned in the article, the picture is of Rabbanit Jenna Englender (Year ’12-’13, Staff ’13-’15).

JWeekly.com – Your political opponent is not an idol worshipper

Posted on September 30, 2020

Written by Rabbi Leon Morris (President of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies) and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield (Pardes Faculty) – Our ability to have civil conversations with the other side is deteriorating rapidly. The differences between the left and the right are an ever-widening gulf, and we are all deeply entrenched within communities that shield Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Why the Tzemach Tzedek told his son to beware of dairy

Posted on July 26, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper (Faculty) – THE TZEMACH TZEDEK acknowledged a letter that his son had sent him and warned his son “not to be stringent – Heaven forfend – at this time, by eating dairy products in the Nine Days.” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789-1866), commonly known by the title of Continue Reading »