Haredi judge's husband writes letter in Torah Scroll of People of Israel

Couple attend ceremony for Sefer Torah for Am Yisrael during Israel visit, with Judge Rachel Freier's husband writing a letter in the scroll

Michal Levy ,

Rabbi Pressman with Ruchie Freier and her husband
Rabbi Pressman with Ruchie Freier and her husband
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Rabbi David Freier, husband of Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, the first female hasidic judge in the US, was given the honor of writing a letter in the Sefer Torah for Am Yisrael (lit. The Torah Scroll of the People of Israel), a project initiated by Rabbi David Avraham Pressman. Justice Freier attended the ceremony as part of her Israel itinerary to meet admiring Israeli dignitaries.

So far, more than 100,000 Jews have participated in the venture. These include MKs, mayors, rabbis, actors, singers, IDF soldiers, judges, prisoners, children and youth. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently wrote a letter in the scroll.

The scroll will be brought into the Western Wall once completed. For the past two years, Rabbi Pressman has been giving the special privilege of writing a letter in the scroll to people from all corners of Israeli society.

Judge Freier had been visiting Israel in recent days where she met with President Reuven Rivlin. Just hours before returning to the US, she attended the event where her husband wrote a letter in the Torah scroll.

As the letter was being written, the judge thanked Rabbi Pressman for the opportunity to have her husband write a letter in the Torah that unites all of Israel.

"It's amazing, this thing that unites all of Israel. You can be religious, you can be haredi, everyone can write in the Torah," said Freier.

Freier began studying law at age 30 after realizing she was working for lawyers younger than herself.

She has 30 years of experience in law, as well as certification as a paramedic. In addition, Freier serves on the board of the NYC Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) and has founded several charity organizations.




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