Jewish filmmaker and Jewish lawyer take on the case of an abused woman unfairly imprisoned in California.
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We pray the words every day, but they probably don’t register: “matir asurim,” who frees the captive. Perhaps they are too familiar, our recitation too rote. But the commandment, like the instruction to seek justice, is one of the essentials of Jewish thought and life.
There was nothing out of the ordinary on the night of June 11, when Howie Fried escorted Larry Sprung home from the evening minyan at the Bialystoker Synagogue on the Lower East Side's Willet Street.
"He talked about a visit to Atlantic City, and how much he enjoyed the rugelach they served there," said Fried, 44, who often escorted the 86-year-old Sprung on the one-and-a-half block walk from shul to the Amalgamated Houses co-op on Grand Street where they both lived.
An effort is under way, prompted by rabbinical colleagues of Baruch Lanner, to secure a plea bargain on behalf of the rabbi indicted last March for abusing teens.
According to one scenario, Rabbi Lanner, who is scheduled to go on trial this spring in Monmouth County, N.J., would publicly admit his guilt and avoid serving a jail sentence in the United States by agreeing to enter a prison-based rehabilitation program in Israel.