Authors Posts by Benjamin Barer

Benjamin Barer

Benjamin Barer is a Jewish Text Teacher at Charles E. Smith 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.

Hevel: The Journey of an Intangible Word

Benjamin Barer traces the word Hevel through Jewish texts, showing how the use of the same word can teach us both about the wisdom of Kohelet we read this past Shabbat and the character of Hevel who we will read about in this week's Parashah.

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.