Rabbi Binny Freedman
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There is a mystical idea which suggests that hidden within every fire of destruction is the spark of redemption. Such, for example, was the case on Aug. 3, 1492, which was also the Ninth of Av, … more
It’s been almost 20 years, and every so often I still pause to think about how different it could have been. Just a few months ago we merited to walk our second child, our oldest son … more
Do we really appreciate all the gifts we have, and how blessed we are even with all the challenges life gives us? Eighteen years ago this Shabbat (20 Av 5761, Aug. 9, 2001), an Arab terrorist … more
A court is a place every healthy society needs, but no one really wants to visit. A date in court to face a judge is not something most people look forward to. An army has its own system … more
His face is a study of pure determination, seeking every depression in the rock. There is little room for mistake. One slip will result in a 3,200-foot free-fall to the valley floor below. But he … more
A Pew poll released in 2016 poll suggested that most Israelis, Arabs and Jews alike, appeared to have lost hope in a two-state solution. “Nearly half (48 percent) of Israeli Jews … more
In 1801, Thomas Jefferson had finally had enough. For the better part of 25 years, Americans had been paying ransom and tribute to the Arab nations of the Barbary Coast (Morocco, Algeria, … more
Not long ago, I heard a powerful vignette from Rabbi Marvin Hier, the former director of the Simon Wiesenthal center. When Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, celebrated … more
Nineteen hundred and forty two years ago, this week (on the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz), the end finally began. After two and a half years of siege, the Roman Legions broke through the … more
The sensei clapped his hands loudly — “Yame!” (“Stop!”) — and the entire dojo went silent.  We all gathered and sat as our sensei strode to the front of … more
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