Rabbi Binny Freedman
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In April of 1988 I was called up for my first reserve duty, a few months after the first intifada exploded. We were stationed for a month in a nasty little place called Jebalya, a Palestinian … more
At 6:22 am on Oct. 23, 1983, a member of the Islamic Jihad got into his 19 ton yellow Mercedes Benz truck on an otherwise normal day, and headed for Beirut International airport, where the 24th … more
It had been a really long day, at the end of a really long week. We were in the middle of infantry officers’ training course and we had spent the week learning and practicing maneuvers in the … more
Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel z”tzl, the famed rosh yeshiva of the Mir, once asked a small group of businessmen what they thought was the most important lesson of the Holocaust. “Never … more
Someone recently sent me this story about Moe Berg, the strangest Jew ever to play baseball: When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans … more
The thundering sounds of artillery fire echoed through the valleys beneath the Golan Heights and across the Sea of Galilee. All along the northern border with Syria, civilians were huddled in their … more
R eb Moshe Chaim Tiefenbrun was one of the personalities I grew up with, and one of the two people who first introduced me to nusach, the beautiful melodies of our liturgy and prayer. He was a … more
This week’s column is dedicated to the memory of Ezra Schwartz and Rav Yaakov Don, two lights we will never forget. Prince Charming doesn’t always find Cinderella, and stories do not … more
When Steve Jobs was 17 he saw a quote: “If you live each day as though it were your last, some day you will most certainly be right.” In a Stanford University commencement address in … more
Many years ago I had the privilege of sharing the land of Israel with a Birthright group for ten days. One afternoon, when we visited Emek Habacha, the valley of tears, I shared with them one of the … more
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