About Pardes

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) is an open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel. Pardes inspires engagement in Jewish life — as communal and spiritual leaders, educators and active participants.

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Live with Rav Meir!


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Wednesday, October 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Longing, Loneliness & Love


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Thursday, October 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Bringing the Inside Out — The Story of Hanukah as told by Talmud Shabbat

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
29 Pierre Koenig Street, Talpiot
Monday, October 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Once Every Seven Years: Dismissing Debt on Rosh Hashanah

September 21, 2022

The concept of Shemittah – the Jewish Sabbatical Year – includes among other things a provision to release people from debts owed to others. Though clearly a noble and moral sentiment, such a law can easily lead to problematic situations and even exploitation. Levi Cooper delves into one possible solution to this issue, provided by Continue Reading »

Rabbi Leon Morris: Speech from 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

September 20, 2022

Edited remarks by Pardes President, Rabbi Leon Morris, delivered at Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event. The event took place on September 19, 2022 at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. One of my favorite rabbinic texts is the description found in the Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael of the way in which Moshe remembers to take Continue Reading »

Recapping Pardes’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

September 19, 2022

JERUSALEM – Overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, friends of Pardes gathered today at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem for a beautiful program to kick off a year off 50th-anniversary celebrations. Viewers from around the world tuned in as well via live stream on Pardes’s Facebook page, many of whom left touching comments about Continue Reading »

Elmad: Online Learning

The online home of Pardes Digital Learning. Elmad provides access to Pardes’s unique blend of learning, with a variety of original podcasts, words of Torah and recorded lectures by our renowned faculty.

Topics include: Torah, Holidays, Halakah, History, Modernity, Spirituality, Education, Personalities, and the Self.

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