10 episodes

This Pardes Life is venerable Pardes teacher and life coach Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, in conversation with his fellow teachers - talking about life, text and of course, Pardes.



In the first three episodes, DLK talks to Rabbi Meir Schweiger about happiness, survival and dignity.

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This Pardes Life is venerable Pardes teacher and life coach Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, in conversation with his fellow teachers - talking about life, text and of course, Pardes.



In the first three episodes, DLK talks to Rabbi Meir Schweiger about happiness, survival and dignity.

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 9 Special for Yom Ha’Atzmaut with Marc Rosenberg

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 9 Special for Yom Ha’Atzmaut with Marc Rosenberg

    We are at the point in the Jewish Calendar: Yom HaShoa, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, where the meaning and spiritual purpose of Jewish People-hood are at the center of our thoughts and aspirations. Join Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield for an exciting conversation with Marc Rosenberg, Director of pre-aliya at Nefesh B'Nefesh, where they reflect on different approaches to religious Zionism, and discuss how diaspora Jews are either connecting to or distancing themselves from Zionism and the State of Israel.







    This Pardes Life sees Pardes teacher Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield gets up close and personal with fellow teachers and alumni talking about life, texts and Pardes. See www.elmad.pardes.org/thispardeslife for other episodes in this series.

    • 45 min
    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 8: Jean-Marc Liling

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 8: Jean-Marc Liling

    The asylum seekers issue is dividing Israel and the Jewish world and presenting a tremendous challenge to the cohesiveness of Israeli society.  Is Israel simply pursuing a rational immigration policy and protecting its resources and citizens, or are we failing in our moral and ethical responsibility as a Jewish state?  Join Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield for a conversation with Jean-Marc Liling, a lawyer and advocate for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel.  Jean Marc expresses passionate views about how he wants Israel to reflect what he believes to be the values and aspirations of the Torah texts he loves and studies.







    This Pardes Life sees Pardes teacher Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield gets up close and personal with fellow teachers and alumni talking about life, texts and Pardes. See www.elmad.pardes.org/thispardeslife for other episodes in this series.

    • 45 min
    This Pardes Life Season 3: Episode 7 Special for Tu B’Shvat with Aviva Golbert

    This Pardes Life Season 3: Episode 7 Special for Tu B’Shvat with Aviva Golbert

    Join Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield for a special episode of This Pardes Life for Tu B'Shvat with Aviva Lauer Golbert, a master educator and Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. In this podcast, they discuss cultivating a Jewish approach to environmentalism. Aviva traces the development of the significance of Tu B'Shvat from Mishnaic times to today, and shares how this process of creative development over time and changing circumstances can be a blueprint for how contemporary Jews can feel both rooted in tradition and discover new, personally relevant lessons in Jewish practice.



    For further reading, see Aviva's article on The Many (Authentic) Facelifts of Tu B’Shvat.







    This Pardes Life sees Pardes teacher Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield gets up close and personal with fellow teachers and alumni talking about life, texts and Pardes. See www.elmad.pardes.org/thispardeslife for other episodes in this series.

    • 32 min
    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 6: Dr. Rachel Korazim

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 6: Dr. Rachel Korazim

    Join Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield for an exciting discussion with Dr. Rachel Korazim, a master educator who uses close readings of Israeli literature as a vehicle to explore the questions of modern Jewish identity and contemporary Israel. In our discussion of a poem by Yehuda Amichai, Rachel challenges us to question simplistic notions of secularism, nationalism, and Judaism.







    This Pardes Life sees Pardes teacher Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield gets up close and personal with fellow teachers and alumni talking about life, texts and Pardes. See www.elmad.pardes.org/thispardeslife for other episodes in this series.

    • 44 min
    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 5: Jewish Educators Speak

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 5: Jewish Educators Speak

    The Pardes Day School Educators Program has produced an impressive number of North American Jewish day school educators who are bright, passionate, creative and caring. Listen in as three of our best share their thoughts on Jewish education and their personal commitment to impacting the lives of young Jews. We hear about their challenges and successes, and their thoughts about the future of day school education. Deborah Anstandig (Cohort 8; teaches at the Heschel School in New York City), Cara Abrams-Simonton (Cohort 13; teaches at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle), and Tani Cohen-Fraade (Cohort 13: teaches at the Luria School in Brooklyn).



    You can also take part in the campaign to help find the best new talent out there for the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. Click here for more information and to get involved.

    • 49 min
    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 4: Rapper Matt Bar

    This Pardes Life Season 3 Episode 4: Rapper Matt Bar

    Matt Bar is a poet, rapper, Jewish educator and a student of Torah. In this episode of This Pardes Life, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Matt explore how Jewish texts and Jewish wisdom inform his art and how he pursues both his artistic, creative truth along with his ongoing commitment to finding meaning and inspiration in Torah. Matt's humor, insight and excitement come through in this Rapper-Rabbi havruta.







    This Pardes Life sees Pardes teacher Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield gets up close and personal with fellow teachers and alumni talking about life, texts and Pardes. See www.elmad.pardes.org/thispardeslife for other episodes in this series.

    • 47 min

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