Rabbi Who Videotaped Women in Bath Issues Apology

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Barry Freundel
Barry Freundel

Rabbi Barry Freundel is in jail following his conviction for videotaping women while they were undressing for a religious bath, known as a Mikvah. But the Orthodox rabbi’s words are making a public appearance in the form of an apology letter.

“No matter how many times I attempt to apologize, it will never be enough,” he wrote.

The former Towson University professor had the apology published in Washington Jewish Week. He said he was issuing the letter during the season of the high holidays, which is traditionally a time for soul searching and atonement.

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

Freundel invited women to tour his home and use the ritual bath in his Washington, D.C. home, as well as the synagogue. He placed cameras at various spots to record the women.As many as 152 women may have been videotaped. Freundel is serving a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for the conviction on voyeurism charges.

Read the full apology.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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