By Aaron Dorfman and Rabbi Ayalon Eliach Two out of every three Americans believe democracy is getting weaker. The other third has apparently not watched the news for the past 10 years. The weakening of democracy should concern all of us irrespective of our political leanings because democracy transcends partisanship. It is the container that allows us to even have debates about how best to govern ourselves, the context that enables us to … [Read more...] about Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy?
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By Eliana Leader and Rabba Yaffa Epstein Two are better off than one, in that they derive greater benefit from their efforts. For if they should fall, the one will raise up the other, as opposed to if one falls when there is no one to raise him. Ecclesiastes 4:10-11 Ecclesiastes famously teaches us that “Tovim Ha’Shnayim Min Ha’Ehad,” two heads are better than one. In classic Jewish learning circles this is known as Havruta - a methodology … [Read more...] about Two Heads Are Better Than One
Jerusalem's Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies has launched a free Tefilah database for Jewish educators worldwide. Through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative, day schools and other Jewish educational institutions will receive support and direction in the area of Tefilah. The Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative is made possible by a two-year grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation and addresses three core areas: educator training, developing … [Read more...] about Pardes Launches Online Tefilah Education Database
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies will launch a five-part educational workshop series on constructive disagreement. Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively teaches the study of contradictory interpretations of Biblical narratives and enables people today to engage more constructively in polarized ideological and political debates. The project will be headed by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, the Director of the Pardes Center for Judaism … [Read more...] about Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies to Launch New Series on Constructive Disagreement
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, Hillel International and The Davidson School of The Jewish Theological Seminary will launch a joint MA program in Experiential Jewish Education. Set to begin this fall, the three-year program, designed specifically for Hillel professionals, will begin with two years at Pardes in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program, in conjunction with online graduate study, and a third year back on campus. Students … [Read more...] about Pardes, Hillel and JTS Launch Joint Masters Program in Education