Author Archives: Rabbi Ben Goldstein

Rabbi Ben Goldstein

About Rabbi Ben Goldstein

was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May of 2010. Since that time he has been working as the rabbi for a congregation in suburban New Jersey (yes, that’s right, I said New Jersey). He has been watching television and movies ever since he was old enough to have the core strength to sit up without falling over. Goldstein's love for the performing arts led him to pursue it as a career and he even managed to star in such cinematic triumphs as Jewz N The Hood. After a number of Signs from our Creator (and more than a few casting directors) he realized that actors don’t take themselves nearly serious enough so he needed to find something else to do. Taking a look at the job description of a rabbi (writer, counselor, teacher, performer, student) he thought it sounded like a really great way to spend his life. In addition to being trained as a rabbi, Goldstein has an encyclopedic knowledge of television and movies from the mid-80s to today. That makes him either a fantastic Jeopardy contestant or the world’s most boring cocktail party guest. You can reach Rabbi Goldstein at rabbi@tbemc.org.

This too is Torah

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
November 18, 2014

There are intimate moments that we share with our friends, moments with our families, and there are moments that can be just between us and God[1]. I recognize that I am saying this as a rabbi, and as many people have pointed out, my private life is not exclusively my own. I know that there More »

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The Gift that Keeps….

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
May 5, 2014

I was not much a student in high school.[1] I did not like studying for tests or doing homework, nor did I particularly having to take classes which did not interest me. What I did relish, however, was the opportunity to be one of the “theater geeks,[2] to be on stage and performing in the More »

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Open Your Heart to Me

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
April 2, 2014

I don’t like to go to the gym. I exercise about five times a week, but I cannot remember the last time I got to the gym or the pool, and felt excited to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour there. The only thing that compels me to go to the gym[1] is More »

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Never Knowing

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
February 9, 2014

When people find out I’m a rabbi, they often respond with something to the effect of, “Oh, wow, that’s so cool,” or, “Really? You’re a rabbi? You don’t look like a rabbi; you don’t have the grey beard or anything!”[1] I’d like to take this opportunity to clear a few things up about what it More »

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A Journey To Empathy

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
November 22, 2013

As I mentioned in a previous post, I grew up in an Orthodox community. For those of you who might not be aware, that means that I was taught that every word of the Torah was written by God and is eternal and Just. That also meant that anyone who went against the Torah was More »

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HaKotel

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
October 28, 2013

There are people with a heart of stone. There are stones with a human heart. Hakotel, The Wall, Israeli Folk Song.   Of all of the services throughout the year, my favorite has always been Friday night. Growing up, Friday night services were smaller, and more intimate that Shabbat morning, and they always seemed a More »

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The Avodah Service

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
September 30, 2013

There is a Chasidic story told about the great Baal Shem Tov.[1] When misfortune was threatening the Jews, it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to call for help for the Jewish people. He would light a fire, and say a special prayer. Time after time his attempts were More »

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