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eJewishPhilanthropy – Nurturing the Individual and the Collective: Lessons from a Summer of Mentorship

Posted on August 25, 2020

By Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath (PCJE ’14-’15, Lo BaShamayim Hee ’17) – Like all of my fellow educators, I had a to do list in mind for Summer 2020. I was going to sit on my floor surrounded by neon index cards and thoughtfully rework my leadership development content for the year to come. I was going Continue Reading »

Pardes News – Alumna Whitney Fisch (Hillel Summer ’05, Year ’08-’09) Named Executive Director of Miami University Hillel

Posted on August 3, 2020

Cleveland Jewish News – Whitney Fisch has assumed the executive director position at Hillel at Miami University in Oxford, the organization’s board of directors announced. Fisch replaces Marcy Miller, who is retiring after nine years in the role, according to a July 30 news release. Fisch has a master’s degree in social work from the Continue Reading »

Rabbi Daniel Silverstein Releases Rap Interpretation of Psalm 91

Posted on July 30, 2020

JERUSALEM – Pardes faculty member Rabbi Daniel Silverstein, the creator of “Sanctuary,” a newly-released multi-media rap interpretation of Psalm 91, has been writing stories and poetry since his teenage years. “At college, I completely lost faith in G!d and Torah, and stopped all Jewish practice. At the same time, I started writing with a new intensity, Continue Reading »

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Times of Israel – Lessons Learned or Not During the Pandemic and ‘The Three Weeks’

Posted on July 29, 2020

By Karen Feuer (Staff) – In the last few months, I have heard a subtle but significant change in the prayers offered by our communities as we have implored Hashem to remove from us the plague of COVID-19. In place of the traditional conclusion asking for the health and healing of Am Yisrael, a new 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 »

Jerusalem Post – Jews are flocking to online classes during the pandemic

Posted on July 23, 2020

By Penina Beede (Summer ’14) – “Israeli poetry scholar Rachel Korazim had been thinking about cutting back on travel when the coronavirus pandemic made the decision for her. “I said I really want to shift my teaching to distance learning because, you know, I’m not getting any younger. Travel is tiring,” she said she had Continue Reading »

Pardes News — Pardes Alumnus Wins Davies Award in Archeology

Posted on July 22, 2020

Mazel tov to Pardes alumnus Dr. Matthew Susnow (Year ’06-’07), winner of the 2019 Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Researcher Publication Award! “The Palestine Exploration Fund is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Susnow’s entry—‘Liminality and Canaanite Cultic Spaces: Temple Entrances, Status Transformations and Ritual in Threshold Contexts’—has been selected for the 2019 Davies Continue Reading » – 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 »