Faculty Articles

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 »

The Times of Israel — The changing face of our relationship with synagogue

Posted on July 12, 2020

By Debra Weiner-Solomont (Staff) — “The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we conduct ourselves in so many ways especially now as the country may enter another lockdown. We must think and plan before going anywhere. Spontaneity has gone to the wayside, for now at least. My most vivid memory, while growing up in Brookline, Continue Reading »

The Times of Israel — Thou shalt mind each other’s business: 8 steps to counter the increased silence that comes with social distancing, and reduce the staggering opportunity for undetected, and thus undeterred, domestic abuse

Posted on July 6, 2020

By Judy Klitsner (Faculty) — “I never used to hit my kids. Since the lockdown began, I have already hit them several times this week.” Numerous testimonies such as this one have been received, in the wake of COVID-19, by Sacred Spaces, a US-based anti-abuse organization on whose board I sit, according to its CEO, Shira Continue Reading »

Pardes News — Rabbi Michael Hattin Publishes New Book: Judges – The Perils of Possession

Posted on June 12, 2020

In Judges: The Perils of Possession, Rabbi Michael Hattin offers a highly readable introduction to the biblical book of Judges that combines imaginative sweep with analytic depth. Utilizing literary techniques, ancient and modern commentaries, as well as current academic research, Hattin draws us into the book’s epic accounts of mighty leaders and their exploits, stories Continue Reading »