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Ben Greenfield

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Ben Greenfield is the Rabbi of the Greenpoint Shul, in waterfront Brooklyn, and he serves on the Talmud faculty at the Ramaz Upper School.

A Time to Mourn: Aveilut as Minor Holiday

Ben Greenfield’s essay, winner of Hadar's annual Ateret Zvi Prize, explores why Hazal chose to situate Hilkhot Aveilut in tractate Moed Katan.

The Customs of Sefirah aren’t about Mourning. They are about Quarantine.

Ben Greenfield looks at the similarity between Sefirah observances and quarantine, and suggests a new way to understand the connection.

Reeding Between the Lines: Parallels Across the Yam Suf and Baby Moshe Narratives

Ben Greenfield examines the curious parallels between the stories of Moshe in the ark and the splitting of the sea.

Was God Angry at Sarah?

Ben Greenfield God isn’t angry with Sarah, when she laughs at the idea of birthing a child in her old age (Gen. 18:12-15). God is...

Looking for a Way to Commemorate Yom Ha-Shoah?

Ben Greenfield presents Yeshivat Chovevei Torah's liturgy for commemorating Yom HaShoah.

Shemot: The Book Without Names

Ben Greenfield calls attention to a crucial, but unnoticed feature of the early narratives in Exodus.