Faculty Articles

Jerusalem Post – In the Wake of an Earthquake: Meet Rabbi Avraham Dov

Posted on January 11, 2022

Written by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper –  Avraham Dov survived the 1834 looting of Safed and the 1837 Galilee earthquake, but he died in late 1840 when a plague struck Safed. Rabbi Avraham Dov of Owrucz (Ovrutsh) (1760-1840) was a hassidic master during the formative years of the movement. He first served in the rabbinate Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post – Justice in the Biblical Story of Dinah

Posted on November 21, 2021

Written by Pardes faculty member Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash – “Out went Dinah the daughter of Leah whom she bore to Jacob, to see the girls of the land. Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, Prince of the Land, saw her. He took her and lay with her and degraded her.” (Genesis 32: 1-3) Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Post: Pardes’s Rabbi Alex Israel and Gila Fine Reflect on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s First Yahrzeit

Posted on November 2, 2021

Written by Benjy Singer – Rabbi Sacks: Top educators reflect on his first yahrzeit. As we mark the first anniversary of his death, The Jerusalem Report heard the personal memories of four leading international Jewish educators of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “Benjy, we need to realize that the key to successful Jewish education is nurturing Continue Reading »

Times of Israel – ’Rabin Day’ could become a day of healing

Posted on October 20, 2021

Written by Rabbi Alex Israel – I will never forget the night of Rabin’s assassination. For days afterwards, I could viscerally feel the terror and shame, the fear and the foreboding, in my stomach, in my bones. And here we are again marking 26 years since that dreadful night when a Jew, an Israeli citizen, Continue Reading »

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 »