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Benjamin Barer

Benjamin Barer is a Jewish Text Teacher at Charles E. Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. He received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston. Benjamin is passionate about making Jewish texts relevant, inspiring, and accessible to all who seek them. Benjamin lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Deborah and his children Mira and Adin.

What Does Pursuing Tzedek Actually Entail?

In its opening verses, Parshat Shoftim describes a judicial system that enshrines pursuing Tzedek, or justice, as a core value. Benjamin Barer unpacks a Gemara in Sanhedrin that provides three distinct conceptions of the obligation to pursue justice, suggesting how we might build a more sacred society.