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Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy teaches Talmud and is the Director of Admissions and the Social Justice Track at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, the original non-denominational co-ed beit midrash. She has a PhD in Talmud from New York University. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and three adorable children.

"Do Not Turn Him Away Humiliated"

Formulating a Policy towards Beggars

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

Jewish tradition implores us not to turn a beggar away empty handed. But not every beggar is equally worthy. What is the extent of our obligation to anyone who asks us for money? Under what circumstances are we entitled to say “no”? This session offers a Talmudic perspective on everyday dilemmas.

Women’s Rights Under Fire In Israel

Regev Ben-David, Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, Ben Murane, Liz Nord, Leora Tanenbaum

Israel, Social Justice

Women’s rights have become one of the major issues in Israel’s social upheaval that began with the tent protests this past summer. While some ultra-Orthodox Jews push for gender segregation in public spaces from buses to sidewalks, women across the country are standing up for their equal rights. Join a panel discussion about the implications of this growing issue for Israel’s future and learn about citizens who are working on it presently.

I'm Okay, You're Okay - Sort Of

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

We live in a world that embraces difference, tolerance, and non-judgmentalism. But sometimes the person beside you has crossed the line. How do we go about respecting difference but also help others reconsider their behavior?

Balancing Personal and Communal Needs

Redeeming Hostage Soldiers as a Case Study

Israel, Sacred Text & Thought

Redeeming captives has always been considered one of the highest of commandments. But negotiating with terrorists poses strategic danger. How does the Talmudic debate on the topic apply to the modern dilemmas of the State of Israel? How does the Talmud reflect on our everyday struggle to balance the pressing needs of the individual with the long term needs of the community as a whole?

My Heart Transplant vs. Your Clean Water

Allocating Scarce Tzedakah Resources

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

Clearly, we have an obligation to feed the hungry, but with so much hunger in the world, how can we budget resources for cancer research and our own heart transplants. We will examine the Talmudic model of allocation of scarce resources with an eye to creating a personal tzedakah giving plan.

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