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Pardes from Jerusalem features a weekly discussion using Torah, Talmud and other Jewish texts to explain themes from the weekly Torah portion. The Pardes faculty is featured each week. For more information about all Pardes programs and events visit www.pardes.org.il.

Pardes from Jerusalem Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 184 Ratings

Pardes from Jerusalem features a weekly discussion using Torah, Talmud and other Jewish texts to explain themes from the weekly Torah portion. The Pardes faculty is featured each week. For more information about all Pardes programs and events visit www.pardes.org.il.

    Bechukotai 5784: Between Philosophy and Spirituality

    Bechukotai 5784: Between Philosophy and Spirituality

    Can we approach the Torah as a rational guide for living wisely while allowing space for genuine emotional and spiritual experiences?



    In this week's episode, Rabbi Dr. Elisha Ancselovits and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield delve into the concept of reward and punishment. Elisha offers an intriguing interpretation - rather than God actively intervening, the Torah provides wisdom about how our behaviors yield consequences in the natural order of things.



    They'll take us on an exploration of the balance between the rational understanding of cause-and-effect with the emotional yearning for divine involvement and control.



    Credits:

    Rabbi Dr. Elisha Ancselovits - Pardes Faculty

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    • 38 min
    Behar 5784: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Mountain

    Behar 5784: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Mountain

    Why is Mount Sinai mentioned in connection with the laws of Shmitta (Sabbatical year) and Yovel (Jubilee year)?



    In this thought-provoking episode, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Rachel Friedrichs delve into the profound significance of this week's Torah portion of Behar opening with a reference to Mount Sinai. Together, we'll explore the contrast between the communal revelation of Sinai and the private revelations within the Mishkan (the Tabernacle), analyzing the connection between these agricultural laws governing humanity's relationship with the Land and the transcendent experience of Sinai. Our discussion will also touch on the role of educators in engaging both the highly motivated and the disengaged, as well as Israel's potential as a center for the Jewish world.



    Credits:

    Rachel Friedrichs - Pardes Faculty and 

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    • 31 min
    Emor 5784: The Perfection Paradox

    Emor 5784: The Perfection Paradox

    How do we approach texts in our traditions that seem to discriminate against or exclude certain groups of people?



    In this thought-provoking discussion, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Haim Shalom wrestle with the disqualification of kohanim (priests) with physical deformities or disabilities from serving in the Temple. We'll explore how to reconcile such texts with modern values of inclusion while examining the evolving rabbinical perspectives on disability as a social construct. Ultimately, our discussion calls on us to embrace the struggle with difficult traditional texts as an opportunity to renew and deepen our spiritual philosophies.



    Credits:

    Rabbi Haim Shalom - Pardes Faculty and Director of Israel Studies

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    • 35 min
    Kedoshim 5784: Empathy in a Divided World

    Kedoshim 5784: Empathy in a Divided World

    In a world rife with conflict and oversimplified narratives about "the other," how can we embody true holiness by cultivating empathy, humility, and deeper human connection?



    Rabbi Brent Spodek joins our host Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield this week for a thought-provoking discussion exploring the Torah's call in Parshat Kedoshim to "be holy." Brent denounces the insidious habit of gossip that denies people the dignity of authoring their own stories. Instead, he argues argue for a stance of curiosity - resisting easy judgments and really listening in order to understand the complex realities others face, even amid fraught situations like the Israel-Iran tensions. By embracing this aspirational ethic, perhaps we can create the fertile ground for holiness to take root in our divisive world.



    Credits:

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    Rabbi Brent Spodek - Pardes North America Faculty and Host of Good Jewish Lover

    • 36 min
    Acharei Mot 5784: A People Apart

    Acharei Mot 5784: A People Apart

    How can the Jewish people maintain a sense of unity and connection as a nation despite geographical separation and divergent experiences between the Diaspora and Israel?

    In this week's episode, Rabba Shani Gross joins us from afar for a discussion on the Torah portion's emphasis on centralized worship, linking it to the biblical story of the 2.5 tribes who settled outside the Land of Israel and built their own altar. Together, they explore the need for open dialogue in order to "witness" one another's perspectives and find a path toward sustaining mutual understanding.

    Credits

    Rabba Shani Gross - Pardes North America Faculty and Senior Director of Education

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    • 41 min
    Pesach 5784: Unearthing Personal Freedom

    Pesach 5784: Unearthing Personal Freedom

    Can we transform the "bread of affliction" into the "bread of redemption" this Passover?"



    Yiscah Smith returns this week with a call for us to see ourselves ("l'rot atzmo") as leaving spiritual enslavement each Passover. Drawing from the Piazner Rebbe and Rav Kook, Yiscah illuminates how painful self-examination can allow for divine blessings and personal redemption to emerge. Grappling with the role of suffering, Yiscah shares a powerful lens for experiencing this holiday's liberating spirit, even amidst darkness.



    Join us for this timely discussion imbued with hope on Pardes from Jerusalem.



    Credits:

    Yiscah Smith - Pardes Faculty

    Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield - Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

Dr.Steven ,

Pardes Shabbat Podcast is superb

The weekly podcast is inspirational and insightful. Host and guests are first class. Dr. Steven H. Professor and Founding University Dean Manhattan

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More discussions with Rabbi Tzvi!

I am learning every week listening to Rabbi Tzvi’s panel style discussions with some of the Sages of our time. I appreciate what has been prepared in advance and what arises out of the challenging questions posed on tbe presented material. יישר כוח פרדס!

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Catching up

Michael Hatton’s Crises and Kings series is excellent! I came across this series while listening to another podcast and it has become a favorite. I find myself jumping back and forth in various texts and taking notes of my findings. Michael is a good tour guide! I hope he will keep producing more…….

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