Faculty Articles

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 »

RadioSefarad.com – An Interview with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

Posted on July 19, 2020

In this special interview with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper on English Corner con (with) Linda Jiménez, they answer the week’s trivia question: To which countries outside of Israel has Pardes taken student groups?

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The Forward – Spiritual hunger persists even in the face of physical hunger

Posted on July 19, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy (Faculty) – “Amos dedicated the bulk of his prophecy to railing against the well-heeled, calling them “cows of Bashan”: “They drink [straight] from the wine bowls, And anoint themselves with the choicest oils— But they are not concerned about the food/ruin (shever) of Joseph” (Amos 6:6). And yet, in Amos’s Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Do we need to fast during a pandemic?

Posted on July 19, 2020

By Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper (Faculty) – “Rabbi Nehemia Halevi Ginsburg (1788-1852) was the son of a disciple of the founder of Chabad Hassidism, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (ca. 1745-1812). He married the daughter of Zalman Welkes of Dubrovno (today in Belarus), also a Chabad hassid. After Nehemia’s wife met an untimely death, the Continue Reading »