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Rabbi Brener’s weapon against the burden of routine

Remember your first time? A reflection on the relationship between emotion, memory and duty

Rabbi Brener’s weapon against the burden of routine

Screenshot from Rabbi Brener's YouTube Channel.

“There’s a first time for everything” says Pynchas Brener, who has been the chief Ashkenazi rabbi of the city of Caracas, Venezuela since 1967.

This simple truth, which at first glance doesn’t seem to require further explanation, is nevertheless not as transparent as one might think, and represents a challenge not only for our memory, but for our moral life: a proper understanding of what the “first time” means would allow us to overcome what, in everyday life, runs the risk of simply becoming a boring, mechanic, automatic, heartless routine.

In this video, Rabbi Brener talks about this interesting relationship between emotion, memory and duty, and the possibility of bringing emotion and awareness back into our everyday experience.

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