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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 »

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 »

July 2020: Campaign for the Generations Update

Posted on July 15, 2020

Posted on July 15, 2020 JERUSALEM — Despite being three months into a global pandemic, this spring Pardes enthusiastically continued to take steps towards realizing the dream of a new state-of-the-art facility to house the growing number of programs, students, events and research projects taking place at Pardes throughout the year. Here are the latest 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 »