Rabbi Binny Freedman
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Next week we commemorate the breaching of the Old City walls of Jerusalem by the Roman Tenth Legion on the 17th day of Tammuz in 70 CE, heralding the beginning of the end of the Jewish Second … more
In Israel, even a bus ride can become an existential experience. On a long, crowded bus ride from Haifa to Jerusalem, a fellow in a long black coat and black hat was sitting towards the rear of … more
One of the guys I was in yeshiva with tried to convince me not to sign up for Officer’s course. I would be forced to spend an additional year and a half in the army, without any spiritual … more
I have long been intrigued by one passage in this week’s parsha, Beha’altecha. After a lengthy stay in the Sinai desert, the people are about to begin the second part of their … more
Three thousand years ago, King Solomon wrote in the book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) that there is a time and a season for everything under the sun. “A time to sing, and a time to dance, a … more
A story is told of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading a newspaper of the Klu Klux Klan. A friend he approached and asked, “Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you … more
It was our first masah, our first forced march. We were barely two weeks in the army and Itzik, a sadistic little first sergeant who had made it his mission to break us into soldiers, owned us … more
Literally translated, Acharei-Mot-Kedoshim means “after the death of the holy ones,” a reference that is all too appropriate following weeks that included Yom HaShoah (Holocaust … more
In September 2000, in the wake of the second intifada, my unit was activated as part of the massive call-up of reserves. We had no idea how long we would be in for, which of course made the … more
Corona. Isolation. Quarantine. Closed schools and synagogues. Flights cancelled and travel limited. No large public gatherings. What is going on? In 1988, during the first Intifada, one of our … more
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