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Benjamin Barer
Benjamin Barer serves as a research assistant at the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE), a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia, with an honors degree in philosophy. He also spent two years studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Entries by Benjamin Barer

Inequality for All?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:04 PM

This post was co-authored with Deborah Galaski

Inequality in America is staggering. Everyone knows that, but somehow, it seems easy to ignore. We create rationales for why we are not making as much money as we should, and for why the richest make so much more than the...

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Jewish Intermarriage and Israel

(8) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Just as, when reading Gemara, the commentaries often provide insights that simply were not visible in the text itself, so too in discussions about modern life. Certain texts are taken as canonical in some sense or other, and much ink (virtual and otherwise) is spent commenting on the...

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Should Studying Philosophy Change Us?

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:23 PM

The years I spent studying academic (Western) philosophy during my undergraduate education were quite transformative. I was presented, and equipped, with a vocabulary to use in talking about the most difficult and timeless of issues, connecting myself to a strong tradition of other minds who devoted their lives to doing...

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Why Study an Ancient Religion?

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 2:38 PM

It is easy, in the time we live, to harbor the misguided feeling that anything that has not occurred in the last 24 (or maybe 48) hours is nearly irrelevant. Constantly craving the new, we are all pulled by an invisible string to answer, in the most satisfying way, 'what...

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A Precondition for Intrafaith Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:33 PM

One of the most exciting things to me about becoming a Jewish professional is having the opportunity to leave my small mark on a community that I love, specifically by increasing our ability to relate to our fellow Jews, and especially about deeply held disagreements. Acknowledging from the outset that...

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Why Separate Church and State?

(88) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:00 PM

One of the joys of being an editor at State of Formation is that I get to read raw, personal reflections from emerging religious and ethical leaders as part of my job. One of the more thought-provoking pieces for me, personally, in recent weeks was this...

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Priests, Healing and the Holocaust

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Jews throughout the world began this week by commemorating Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many of us took time to reflect on the beauty and tragedy of the lives of our loved ones who lived during that calamitous period of human history --...

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