Faculty Articles

Dr. David I. Bernstein Featured on Israel From the Inside with Rabbi Daniel Gordis

Posted on October 6, 2021

Last month, Israel and Poland came close to the precipice in their diplomatic relations when Israel’s Yair Lapid reacted strongly to a new Polish law. The law sets a 30-year limit on legal challenges to property confiscations that had taken place decades ago. While the law affects Polish, Jewish and other contested property claims, many Continue Reading »

Dean Bernstein’s Closing Words on the Final Day of Classes

Posted on July 5, 2021

The following inspirational words by Pardes Dean, Dr. David I. Bernstein, were delivered to Year Program students on the final day of classes, May 27, 2021. As I said on our very first day back in September: we believe the Torah is given not only to the rabbis, or to Kohanim, or to the Orthodox, or to Continue Reading »

The Jewish News – ‘The New Jew’ shows Israelis how Judaism works in the U.S.

Posted on June 23, 2021

Written by Rabbi Leon Morris (President of Pardes, Summers ’92, ’93, Year ’95-’96) and Rabbi Josh Weinberg – A new Israeli government has brought a renewed focus on repairing ties between Israel and the Diaspora. Yair Lapid, a key part of the new coalition, has emphatically stated, “Jews from all streams, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, Continue Reading »

eJP – To help teens navigate antisemitism, we must teach compassionate disagreement

Posted on June 15, 2021

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth (Director Emeritus of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution and an adjunct faculty member) has inspired the leaders at Moving Traditions to incorporate his teachings about mahloket l’shem shamayim (the debate for the sake of heaven) into their programming. This feature article is from eJewishphilanthropy.

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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 »