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“The Israel-Diaspora Challenge” with Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, Isaac Herzog

5/22/2019
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Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel was a guest speaker at Pardes on May 22, 2019 / 17 Iyar 5779. He spoke and answered important questions about “The Israel-Diaspora Challenge”, including the territories, global … Read the rest

Duration:00:55:42

The Mourner’s Kaddish – A New Interpretation

5/21/2019
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The Mourner’s Kaddish – A New Interpretation On May 21, 2019, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer joined us in the beit midrash to explore the essence of the kaddish, moving on an interpretive journey that has implications for all prayers we read. … Read the rest

Duration:01:09:58

Modernity 2 – Spinoza and the Roots of Enlightenment

5/21/2019
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Class two in the series on the Jewish encounter with modernity introduces Baruch Spinoza as a ‘converso of conscience.’ Unable to accept the narrow religious world of Judaism and unwilling to join Christianity, Spinoza’a experience of excommunication and philosophical enlightenment … Read the rest

Duration:01:42:38

Sacrifice and Sensuousness

5/20/2019
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Sacrifice and Sensuousness: The Temple and its Ancient Rites as a Source for Creativity and Meaning. This was an evening of dialogue on May 19, 2019, with Sapir Prize-Winning Author Ruby Namdar. R’ Leon Morris led the conversation. This lecture … Read the rest

Duration:01:17:30

Modernity 1 – Shabbatai Zvi

5/14/2019
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Here is the first class in the Spring series. It is an exploration of the background of modernity and the significance of the failed messianic movement of Shabbatai Zvi.… Read the rest

Duration:01:32:27

Pardes Israeli Student Panel – Yom Hazikaron Program

5/8/2019
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Three Pardes students raised in Israel answer questions about what their growing up experiences were, including army service, and answer questions from the Pardes student body. This podcast has been sponsored by Gary Carmell in loving memory of Roneet Kimeldorf … Read the rest

Duration:00:57:15

Justice: “X” Happened: Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman in Conversation with Dr. David Bernstein

5/8/2019
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Rabbi Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, addresses the Pardes student body in the days before Yom haZikaron and Yom haAtzmaut on the topic: “Justice: “X” Happened,” an analysis of how we might deal with some of the … Read the rest

Duration:01:43:11

Guest Speaker Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

5/7/2019
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Rachelle is the Dean of Students at Nishmat, and the director of Matan’s Hilkhata Institute (Advanced Halakha Program). She is also a Yoetzet Halacha and was in the first graduating class of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute. She has been called … Read the rest

Duration:01:16:35

Faith and Freedom Passover Haggadah Event

4/3/2019
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FAITH AND FREEDOM: Passover Haggadah with Commentary from the Writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits (Urim Publications, 2019) Faith and Freedom Passover Haggadah presents selections of the writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits, one of the major Jewish philosophers of the twentieth … Read the rest

Duration:01:24:06

Law, Consciousness and the end of Spanish Jewry

4/2/2019
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In this class, one part of our story comes to an end. This is a look at the final phase of Spanish Jewish history through the lens of law and consciousness.… Read the rest

Duration:01:06:28

The Foundations of the Early Modern Era

4/1/2019
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The Jews have a tradition that God always readies a new refuge before destruction comes on the old. This class looks at the early basis of Jewish life in Poland and the shift to their lives in Germany brought on … Read the rest

Duration:01:06:04

The 14th Century – Rupture and Reconstruction

3/24/2019
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There are periods of continuity in Jewish history and there are periods of disruption. The fourteenth century is much more the latter than the former. This class explores the breakdown of Ashkenazi Jewry and traces their flight both east and … Read the rest

Duration:01:06:30

The Vanishing Jew

3/14/2019
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The Vanishing Jew The third of a three part series about Megillat Esther and Purim will be taught by Michael Eisenberg. For more information and registration, visit www.pardes.org.il/Purim2019, or contact 02 673 5210 / ce@pardes.org.il. All lectures took place at Pardes, 29 … Read the rest

Duration:00:38:51

What is the Zohar

3/11/2019
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This class is an in depth consideration of the Zohar, both its origins and the role which it plays in Jewish consciousness. Along the way Rav Mike revisits the PaRDeS structure on which his class is framed, highlighting the depth … Read the rest

Duration:01:01:12

The Mythic, the Mystic and the Origins of Kabbalah

3/10/2019
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Two paths of mystical tradition emerged from the culture of 13th century Christian Spain, and they are both still with us today. This class explores the difference between myth and allegory in the context of Jewish mysticism and opens the … Read the rest

Duration:01:02:55

The Israel We Imagine with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

3/10/2019
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Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer of the Shalom Hartman Institute, presents different lenses or paradigms through which Israel can be viewed and understood. Each paradigm has different assumptions for how we understand the meaning of Jewish statehood – and each also has … Read the rest

Duration:00:58:31

From Shushan to Tel Aviv: Esther Through the Generations

3/5/2019
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From Shushan to Tel Aviv: Esther Through the Generations* *Esther: A New Israeli Commentary by Rabbi Mishael Zion; ed. by Prof. Avigdor Shinan, an intiative of the AVI CHAI Foundation Download the Source Sheet The second of a three part … Read the rest

Duration:00:52:44

And Esther Was Taken

3/3/2019
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“And Esther was Taken” (Esther 2:8): Sexuality, Consent Culture and Trafficking Download the Source Sheet The first of a three part series about Megillat Esther and Purim will be taught by Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy. For more information … Read the rest

Duration:00:48:50

Reason, Revelation and Two Church Disputations

2/28/2019
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This class revisits the struggle between reason and revelation within the soul of Am Yisrael, and then introduces mysticism as a third approach to the Divine. Along the way we discuss how the Church discovered that the Talmud was now … Read the rest

Duration:01:05:29

The People Have Spoken: Gay Marriage, Female Orthodox Rabbis and Disability – Can “the Rabbis” Step Up?

2/25/2019
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This special event was taught by Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy. The second lecture will be part of Pardes’s Purim 3-Part series, on February 27 with “And Esther was Taken” (Esther 2:8): Sexuality, Consent Culture and Trafficking For more information and … Read the rest

Duration:00:46:23