Friday, September 11, 2015

Rabbi Freundel Sorry for Filming Naked Women; Jail Cell Apology Coincides with Jewish Holidays

Writing from his jail cell this week -- just days before the Jewish New Year -- Rabbi Barry Freundel said he was sorry for secretly filming more than 150 naked women during their mikvah ritual bath in his Washington, D.C. synagogue, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (September 11, 2015).

It was the Orthodox rabbi's first public statement since his arrest almost a year ago and his subsequent sentencing to six and one-half years behind bars for his illegal filming.

The rabbi's letter -- dated September 8 -- comes on the eve of the High Holidays, the Jewish season of repentance and forgiveness, which Freundel is now trying to achieve.

But is repentance and forgiveness possible, or even the appropriate Jewish response to Freundel's actions?

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