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Washington - Disgraced Peeping Mikvah Rabbi Issues Public Apology; Says He's "Sorry Beyond Measure"

Published on: September 9, 2015 10:00 PM
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FILE - Rabbi Barry Freundel leaves the D.C. Superior Court House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)FILE - Rabbi Barry Freundel leaves the D.C. Superior Court House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Washington, D.C. - With the High Holidays, and more pointedly the Day of Atonement fast approaching, disgraced Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel has used the occasion to issue a public apology, saying in a sweeping contrition that he is “sorry, beyond measure.”

WASHINGTONJEWISHWEEK.com (http://bit.ly/1ixN4z9) reports that in a statement released on September 8, Freundel—-who is currently serving 6-and-1/2 years after pleading guilty in May to secretly filming 52 women while they were naked—-states that, “No matter how many times I attempt to apologize, it will never be enough. I am sorry, beyond measure, for my heinous behavior and the perverse mindset that provoked my actions.”

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Freundel speaks about strides he has made through therapy but explains that he has yet to fully understand what led him so far astray.

“Through therapy,” Freundel writes, ” I came to understand the psychological underpinnings of why I acted in this despicable way. But I have not yet fully grasped how I could have been so completely oblivious to the harm I was doing to others.”

In closing Freundel states, “In the absence of anything else, I would like to repeat how completely sorry I am for my behavior and my actions. There is no excuse for what I have done. Again, I am truly sorry.”


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 Sep 09, 2015 at 10:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Excellent. Sick Ehrliche Yid trying to do teshuvah. How many other imprisoned Jewish sinners have issued such statements? Also, he didn't drag out the criminal proceedings like most others do.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 11:00 PM Anonymous Says:

I wish the victims and him speedy and complete recoveries. I am unhappy at how this investigation and prosecution seemed to be needed to be handled - OTOH the police and prosecutors say that they themselves can't investigate and prosecute without informing potential victims - OTOH the suffering to the victims really happened only because those same police and prosecutors notified potential victims, so the victimization was caused by Freundel, but the suffering was really caused only by the police and prosecutors. Imagine a case of someone being falsely told by a police detective that they were on the tapes, when they really weren't. In such a case, and it could easily happen, the suffering would still happen. There needs to be a better way to prosecute these matters.

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 11:17 PM zoifunny Says:

I started feeling a little bad for him! Don't you?

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 Sep 09, 2015 at 11:23 PM Shomeret Says:

Well, I must say it seems like a proper apology. However, I believe he originally denied everything. True Teshuva should be acknowledged, but he had better not ever be in a position to abuse women again (voyeurism IS abuse.)

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 12:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Poor fool, he lost everything

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 02:07 AM yosher Says:

Now the Rabbinical Council of America needs to apologize for receiving complaints about Freundel and not acting on them.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 03:30 AM anonymous Says:

This is what happens when guys who are not up to observing all laws of the Torah call themselves Rabbis. He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure. Had he observed the mitzva of 'v'lo sasuru achrei levavchem v'achrei eineichem' (do not stray after your hearts and eyes) which is a mitzva like any other mitzva and guarded his eyes as Hashem commanded, he wouldn't eat himself up alive now. No doubt he apologized but should pray that Hashem forgive him.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 08:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
anonymous Says:

This is what happens when guys who are not up to observing all laws of the Torah call themselves Rabbis. He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure. Had he observed the mitzva of 'v'lo sasuru achrei levavchem v'achrei eineichem' (do not stray after your hearts and eyes) which is a mitzva like any other mitzva and guarded his eyes as Hashem commanded, he wouldn't eat himself up alive now. No doubt he apologized but should pray that Hashem forgive him.

You said what? ". . . a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei)"

AFAIK, Wrong. There are only eight sheratzim, and while the identity of a few names on the list may be disputed, no halachic source says identify ants as included (BTW, my memory is that the smallest is "akhbar", usually translated as a mouse)

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 09:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
anonymous Says:

This is what happens when guys who are not up to observing all laws of the Torah call themselves Rabbis. He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure. Had he observed the mitzva of 'v'lo sasuru achrei levavchem v'achrei eineichem' (do not stray after your hearts and eyes) which is a mitzva like any other mitzva and guarded his eyes as Hashem commanded, he wouldn't eat himself up alive now. No doubt he apologized but should pray that Hashem forgive him.

"He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure."

No, that is incorrect. There are שמונה שרצים in the תורה, and an ant is not one of them. In the future when citing from the תורה, do try and be more careful.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM Esther Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I wish the victims and him speedy and complete recoveries. I am unhappy at how this investigation and prosecution seemed to be needed to be handled - OTOH the police and prosecutors say that they themselves can't investigate and prosecute without informing potential victims - OTOH the suffering to the victims really happened only because those same police and prosecutors notified potential victims, so the victimization was caused by Freundel, but the suffering was really caused only by the police and prosecutors. Imagine a case of someone being falsely told by a police detective that they were on the tapes, when they really weren't. In such a case, and it could easily happen, the suffering would still happen. There needs to be a better way to prosecute these matters.

What on earth are you trying to say? G-d bless the authorities who stopped and prosecuted this man.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

no, he is sorry he was caught. no one goes through YEARS of filming hundreds of women and then has remorse.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Now Weberman and Rubashkin need to apologize. ( I know, they were both innocent and the judges were anti semites and the victims were all liars. Let's hear it again.)

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 12:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

no, he is sorry he was caught. no one goes through YEARS of filming hundreds of women and then has remorse.

I don't know about Feundel's case but others do all the time-Its called recovery.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

To argue that the women shouldn't have been identified is insanity. Once these womens' names are publicly posted on the internet they will be publicly outed and its best to give them time to prepare themselves for the forthcoming public bushah.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 02:43 PM Melech Says:

Unfortunately, there are other examples of ostensibly frum people acting in a perverse manner. Several years ago, on a Delta jet coming from EY to JFK, there was an Israeli Rabbi (father of eleven children), who sexually molested a female IDF officer, who was sleeping, and seated next to him. He was tried in federal court, convicted, and only received sixty days in jail. He probably will never be allowed to reenter the USA again. Then, there was the Reform Rabbi in NJ who hired hit men to murder his wife, with a hammer. He received life in prison. Quite frankly, I'm skeptical of the "remorse" shown by the individual in this article.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 03:09 PM anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Now Weberman and Rubashkin need to apologize. ( I know, they were both innocent and the judges were anti semites and the victims were all liars. Let's hear it again.)

Whatever it is, YOU have what to do tshuva for just for being motzei shem-ra and/or talking lashon hara on Jews. According to Chafetz Chaim such talk is 100% lashon hara and if the they're innocent (which they most likely are) it would be considered motzi shem-ra which is a more severe sin.

According to Baal Shem Tov and maybe other sefarim, Hashem judges a person the way he judges others. If you see a fault in another person, it must be you possess that same fault to a certain degree and that's why it irks you.

In this report Freundel spoke about himself and apologized. Otherwise we wouldn't be permitted to believe it, especially since he wasn't taken to a religious Jewish court.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 03:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
anonymous Says:

This is what happens when guys who are not up to observing all laws of the Torah call themselves Rabbis. He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure. Had he observed the mitzva of 'v'lo sasuru achrei levavchem v'achrei eineichem' (do not stray after your hearts and eyes) which is a mitzva like any other mitzva and guarded his eyes as Hashem commanded, he wouldn't eat himself up alive now. No doubt he apologized but should pray that Hashem forgive him.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 05:09 PM PashutehYid Says:

Reply to #7  
anonymous Says:

This is what happens when guys who are not up to observing all laws of the Torah call themselves Rabbis. He's like one dipping in the mikva with a sheretz (like an ant that's tamei) in his hand trying to become pure. Had he observed the mitzva of 'v'lo sasuru achrei levavchem v'achrei eineichem' (do not stray after your hearts and eyes) which is a mitzva like any other mitzva and guarded his eyes as Hashem commanded, he wouldn't eat himself up alive now. No doubt he apologized but should pray that Hashem forgive him.

What are you trying to say, that Rabbis never do any aveiros? They just sit in shul on Yom Kippuur and twiddle their thumbs, because they don't need any teshuvah? That regular people don't need to keep all the Torah laws? All humans make mistakes, and that's what teshuvah is for. Are you 100% perfect?

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 05:48 PM Mike27428 Says:

Ahhh....There is always hope my friends!

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 06:02 PM sammy Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Now Weberman and Rubashkin need to apologize. ( I know, they were both innocent and the judges were anti semites and the victims were all liars. Let's hear it again.)

How do you even put these two in one sentence. I don't think Rubashkin denies what he did. The case with him is that the sentence is way out of proportion with the crime. Besides, how can you compare the crimes?

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
anonymous Says:

Whatever it is, YOU have what to do tshuva for just for being motzei shem-ra and/or talking lashon hara on Jews. According to Chafetz Chaim such talk is 100% lashon hara and if the they're innocent (which they most likely are) it would be considered motzi shem-ra which is a more severe sin.

According to Baal Shem Tov and maybe other sefarim, Hashem judges a person the way he judges others. If you see a fault in another person, it must be you possess that same fault to a certain degree and that's why it irks you.

In this report Freundel spoke about himself and apologized. Otherwise we wouldn't be permitted to believe it, especially since he wasn't taken to a religious Jewish court.

" If you see a fault in another person, it must be you possess that same fault to a certain degree and that's why it irks you. "

You need to educate yourself on US laws. The Judges saw fault in Rubashkin and Weberman. It doesn't matter that I saw fault also. STOP BLAMING VICTIMS. Jewish courts don't matter.

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 Sep 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM cantthinkof a cutename Says:

An aspect of doing a complete teshuvah. includes not doing the sin again when presented with the same opportunity that brought about the original sin. Accordingly, the Mikvah Rabbi should be restored to his original position.

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 Sep 13, 2015 at 09:27 AM LashonTov Says:

Reply to #22  
cantthinkof a cutename Says:

An aspect of doing a complete teshuvah. includes not doing the sin again when presented with the same opportunity that brought about the original sin. Accordingly, the Mikvah Rabbi should be restored to his original position.

Is that sarcasm or facetiousness?

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