facebook
twitter

needayoutubeicon donate

  Yinzer in Yerushalayim

A lifelong Pittsburgher goes on a 9-month odyssey to study Judaism at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

Contact Derek at earthkwait@hotmail.com.
Week 39: by dmkwait
So this is it. The end. It's over. After Shabbat, I'm going to see everyone again in the fall at best, never at worst. Still, this is ultimately what I signed up for, to become a Pardes Alum. I'm a...
Week 38: Jerusalem in a Week by dmkwait
This week really started last Shabbat afternoon as I sat in a corner of the Tayelet (promenade overlooking the Old City and East Jerusalem) reading the opening chapters of James Carroll's Jerusalem...
Week 37: The Practical Dictionary of the Pardes Lexicon by dmkwait
(X-posted from my home blog , Yinzer in Yerushalayim) One of the unadvertised perks of Pardes is that after studying holy texts in their original in the Beit Midrash for a whole year, no matter how...
Week 36: From Silence to Song by dmkwait
The weekend before last was the retreat Shabbaton for Self, Soul, and Text class at Kibbutz Hanaton , our teacher James' home, in the Galil. The schedules Friday and Saturday were nearly identical,...
Week 35: Other Things I've Learned in Israel by dmkwait
I came to Israel wanting to learn Torah, and I have. Thank God, I've learned tons of Torah here and am privileged to learn more each day. But now that it's May and I'm entering into the home stretc...
Week 33: Family by dmkwait
This is the time of year for family. Last week, when Shabbat directly followed the last day of Pesach, creating a rare 8-day Passover in Israel, Friday afternoon, I was kindly invited over the home...
Week 32:Passover by dmkwait
“ Even if all of us were wise, all of us understanding, all of us knowing the Torah, we would still be obligated to discuss the exodus from Egypt, ” says the Haggada. While by no means do I, like m...
Wek 31: The incoming Tide by dmkwait
Tuesday through Thursday, we were in the Golan. Unlike our last two tiyyulim, the Golan, Israel's back 40, is the anti-desert; especially now, in the springtime, the place is so overflowing with li...
Week 30: The Golan Tiyyul by dmkwait
Tuesday through Thursday, we were in the Golan. Unlike our last two tiyyulim, the Golan, Israel's back 40, is the anti-desert; especially now, in the springtime, the place is so overflowing with li...
Week 29: Role-Playing, or Jesus, Death, and All Their Friends by dmkwait
Sunday night Pardes made history as the first yeshiva ever to host the launching event for a new edition of the New Testament. The Jewish Annotated New Testament , co-edited by friend of Pardes and...