Kings, Religion and Politics A Celebration of Rabbi Alex Israel’s book, “II Kings – In a Whirlwind” (Maggid, 2019)
Should religion and politics be mixed? Listen to Rabbi Shai Finkelstein talk about King Hezekiah and whether Rabbis should comment on … Read the rest
Life in Israel, unfortunately, has entailed the need to sacrifice one’s own life or that of beloved ones. From the early pre-state years to the latest literary reaction to terror, Israeli poets have expressed grief as well as criticism at … Read the rest
On Wednesday August 31, 2019 (28 Tamuz 5779), the Pardes Summer Program welcomed Israel’s first ordained Ethiopian Rabbi, Sharon Shalom. He shared his incredible journey from Sudan to Jerusalem, and discussed even his recent involvement in the Netflix film, The … Read the rest
On Wednesday August 24, 2019 (21 Tamuz 5779), the Pardes Summer Program hosted Yiscah Smith (Pardes Faculty) and Abby Stein, an ex-Haredi transgender author and activist. They discussed their gender transition; the feelings and challenges, the pain, the honesty and … Read the rest
Israel seems to be the people of one – one people, one Temple, one God. Twelve tribes? Ever since the brothers sold Joseph into slavery it seems that the tribal element has brought nothing but strife to our story. Nevertheless, … Read the rest
Title: Is Gender Inequality a Biblical Mandate?
Description: To what degree do God’s words to woman in the Garden of Eden– “to your husband is your desire and he shall rule over you”– constitute a mandate to all women for … Read the rest
This session was given by Micah Goodman as part of the Summer 2019 Pardes Executive Learning Seminar.
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Regular prayer, based in the liturgy, is one of the backbones of religious life. It is also one of the great challenges which most people face when the want to connect to God through traditional practice. Through the teachings of … Read the rest
The overwhelming presence of new social media has replaced face to face relationships, and the information revolution has caused many in the younger generation to lose something basic in their sense of self, their ability to dream God’s dream about … Read the rest
Women scholars are now writing Halakhic responsa and weighing in on contemporary topics. Will Halakha written by women look different than that written by their male counterparts? Is this a revolution, or is this simply the expansion of the traditional … Read the rest
The last class in the mini-series on modernity. We touch on the origins of the Reform movement and that power that historical critical thinking brought to Jewish modernity.
This lecture and podcast was a part of The Marilyn and Sigi … Read the rest
Class four in the series on modernity. This session we explore the nature ad process of emancipation, revisit the life of Moses Mendelssohn and ask whether the price of entry into non-Jewish society should be checking our culture at the … Read the rest
In honor of Yom Yerushalyim, Pardes was honored to welcome alumnus and former Ambassador and MK Dr. Michael Oren who gave a special lecture on The Battle for Jerusalem 1967: Decision-Making by the Israeli Government.
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Class three in the Modernity series. In this class we ask what is Enlightenment, and even consider whether it is good news for the Jews. Then we introduce the personality of Moses Mendelssohn, who certainly thought it was.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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