Sitting in a circle of men and women, Yoetzet Halacha Limor Salmon brings her vision of in-depth Torah study to a group of Israeli artists, alternative therapists, and spiritual seekers. Before Limor and her husband Yeshayahu, an electrical engineer, established The House in Pardes, a center for Jewish study in Pardes Chana, there was no place in town where secular Israelis could explore Judaism in a warm and open environment. The House in Pardes also welcomes religious and newly religious Jews.
Limor, a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program, is dedicated to unifying Jews around Torah instead of allowing religion divide them, as often happens in Israel.
“In Pardes Chana, there is a strong spiritual thirst. People are very ‘mind conscious’ and look for ways to connect,” said Limor. “I want to share with Jews who didn’t grow up close to Torah the joy and fulfillment that I received from studying.
“Nishmat broke new ground, but stayed within the framework of halacha. At the House in Pardes, we're finding ways to break new ground for Israelis alienated from Judaism, offering them access to tradition. The Torah is for all Jews, men and women, secular and religious. That’s what we were taught at Nishmat and that’s what inspires me here,” she explained.
Limor teaches classes for women on marriage, intimacy and building a Jewish home, and courses for brides. When people found out that Limor is a Yoetzet Halacha, she became " a mailbox for questions related to marriage and family life. Thanks to my Nishmat training, I can bring something unique to this community,” Limor said.
The Salmons don't just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Following their move to Pardes Chana in 2006, Limor and Yeshayahu provided the initial funding for the House in Pardes, which is now drawing private contributors.