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rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld
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rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

I am committed to a life provoking the invasion of The Coming Kingdom through: human service, ecstatic prayer, halakhic observation, community building, nurturing hope, and drawing down abiding faith...

Friday, 06 July 2012 06:23

obstacles to concentration

art-troubleharryOne of my favorite movies is an Alfred Hitchcock film titled, “The Trouble With Harry.” This film was his only comedy (though humor played a role in some of his other films and his television show). As one might expect, it was a dark comedy. Two of the characters in the film are a small town doctor and a dead man named Harry who is in some ways the main character of the film. This small town doctor encounters Harry in a field a few times throughout the film by tripping over him. It is only during his final encounter that the doctor is actually polite enough to excuse himself. You see, the doctor never realizes he’s tripping over a dead body each and every time because he’s reading a book while walking each and every time! The doctor is concentrating so much on his book that he can’t even notice such a startling feature of his environment, namely, this dead man.

Friday, 29 June 2012 18:01

routine awareness

art-tefillinThe phrase, “creatures of habit,” is not infrequently used to describe us human beings. This is not surprising given our social/cultural norms and natural makeup. Religious ritual is often seen as a reflection of our habitual nature.

Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:56

generosity as stewardship

art-mudprintOne of my favorite jokes is a story of a group of scientists who, convinced that they don’t need God anymore, proceed to attempt to prove it by making a human being out of the dirt (like he made the first). They do quite well and God decides to let them know how nice of a job they did but, to be fair, if they really wanted to prove they didn’t need him anymore they should get their own dirt!

Sunday, 10 June 2012 16:15

enthusiasm and endurance

art-runnersI love to run. Three years of cross country in high school planted that love firmly in my bones. For any sport, enthusiasm plays a big role.

Friday, 01 June 2012 22:11

back to basics

art-bassplayerDuring my senior year of high school, in preparation for my freshman year at the Berklee College of Music, I decided it was going to be very important for me to appreciate more complicated music.

Sunday, 13 May 2012 05:54

compassion in action

art-tzedakahI may be naïve, but I really do believe compassion comes naturally to most people at a core level.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 22:00

patience in healing

art-dentistLast week I had the privilege of experiencing the removal of all four wisdom teeth and one extra tooth that had grown behind one of my top front teeth. The entire experience has been a test of patience.

Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:30

accepting compliments

art-complimentAccepting compliments can be very hard for some people. For some, the non-acceptance is considered related to the humility they hope to demonstrate.

Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:26

social responsibility

art-selmamarch“In a free society, some men are guilty and all men are responsible.”

Sunday, 15 April 2012 23:10

do a chesed

art-dokindnessThere was an older gentleman I used to to interact with fairly regularly at a Rabbi Nachman shiur I used to attend.

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