Samuel G. Freedman


'Breaking Bad's Jewish Lesson

By Samuel G. Freedman

'Breaking Bad's Jewish Lesson
For Sam Freedman, the emotional core of ‘Breaking Bad’ was Walter White’s sacrifice of his namesake son. That’s a lesson Jews who’ve read the story of Moloch would understand.Read More


Sheldon Adelson's Self-Defeating Meddling

By Samuel G. Freedman

Sheldon Adelson's Self-Defeating Meddling
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson emphatically succeeded in his goal of affecting the presidential election. The only thing is, he succeeded in re-electing President Obama.Read More


Penn State: A Modern-Day Akeda

By Samuel G. Freedman

Penn State: A Modern-Day Akeda
We think that moral tests like the Biblical akeda don’t apply to us. Then we read about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s link to a abuse scandal, writes Samuel G. Freedman.Read More


After Riots, Jews Stayed in Crown Heights

By Samuel G. Freedman

After Riots, Jews Stayed in Crown Heights
CROWN HEIGHTS: 20 YEARS LATER. Other urban riots led to mass flight of whites. Not so in Crown Heights, where Jews stayed and thrived after the violence.Read More


Shabbat Meals: 'Comfort Food' — Chicken Tagine and Curried Couscous

By Samuel G. Freedman

Shabbat Meals: 'Comfort Food' — Chicken Tagine and Curried Couscous
On a Friday afternoon in September 2007, I set about making the most eventful Shabbat dinner of my life. After a summer of itinerancy, subletting an apartment and dressing out of a suitcase, I had moved into my first real apartment since separating from my wife. And the following Tuesday, inauspiciously the 11th, I would be having surgery for prostate cancer, a fearful and depressing prospect for someone newly single at nearly 52.Read More






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