Rav Binny Freedman
Rosh Yeshiva, Orayta
Rabbi Binny Freedman is a highly engaging and inspirational educator who has a gift for synthesizing difficult, sophisticated material in a way that inspires both the novice and the scholar. His proficiency in applying classic Jewish concepts to contemporary life in a personal and meaningful way has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and around the world.
Rav Binny received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel while studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion under the tutelage of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, and pursued his BA and MA studies in Education at the Herzog Teacher's College in Israel.
As Director of Isralight, whose curriculum, on-line educational programs, Leadership training division, Rabbinic Enrichment Fellowships, and ongoing Isralight seminars in the US, Canada, South Africa and Israel have reached thousands of students world-wide, Rav Binny is dedicated to Isralight's mission to inspire a renaissance in Jewish living for Jews of all backgrounds, across the world. His weekly Torah thoughts of on Judaism and spirituality reach tens of thousands of readers worldwide.
Rav Binny has lectured at a wide variety of Yeshivot in Israel including Har Etzion, Hamivtar, Mevasseret and Midreshet Lindenbaum as well as at prestigious Universities including Princeton University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of the Witswatersrand in South Africa, Yeshiva University and Hebrew University, teaching Talmud, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History and Biblical Exegesis. He has been a Scholar in Residence in more than 100 synagogues and communities worldwide and has been the featured speaker at Jewish community organizations such as the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, UJC Stand for Israel, the Coalition for Missing Israeli soldiers, the Jewish Renaissance Center, Birthright Israel programs, Project Otzma, Chai Lifeline, and UJA Federation.
Rav Binny, an IDF Company Commander who survived the S'barro's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, is considered an expert in his field and has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, and WCBS.
Rav Binny lives with his wife, Doreet and their four children in Efrat, just South of Jerusalem.