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Love, Faith, and Writing: A Chat with Herb Freed

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We recently sat down with Herb Freed to discuss his new book Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants, now available for purchase. Herb Freed started his adult life as an ordained rabbi and became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Lake Mahopac, NY, while producing and directing three shows at the Maidman Playhouse in New York City. Eventually, he resigned his pulpit to become a movie director. He has directed and produced 15 feature films, most of which have psychological, spiritual and/or social themes in spite of their commercial categories. He is best known for Subterfuge, a major action film; Tomboy, a teenage romp; the psychological drama Haunts starring Mae Britt; and CHILD2MAN, a story of survival during the Watts riots. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for…

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“Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants:” Humor and Pathos

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Ben Zelig, the protagonist in Herb Freed’s Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants, (Bellrock Entertainment Inc.)  has life all figured out: graduate from rabbinical school; get hired by a spiritually enriched community; meet a nice Jewish girl, and start a family. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, but life can still work out, according to Freed, as long as you have, well, love, faith and a pair of pants. Freed, who started his adult life as an ordained rabbi and is author of the love story Bashert, is back with a collection of five short stories about the smart, witty, spiritual and handsome (ask his mother) Rabbi Ben Zelig. In five stories about a rabbi’s life, Zelig navigates romance,…

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Hollywood Hypocrites: Industry Vet Herb Freed on Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s Casting Couch Era

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I came to Los Angeles from New York to direct movies in 1972. I had entered the film business seven years earlier, after resigning my post as rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Lake Mahopac, N.Y. I began to study film at New York University privately and my first assignments were to produce and direct television commercials. I labored in that vineyard for more than five years. Among my clients were U.S. Steel, Pepsi-Cola and others, but I was button-holed as the director who excelled in beauty commercials. I made TV spots for Cover Girl, Breck, Clairol and Revlon. Why? I have no idea.   In 1970 I moved up to movies. My first feature film, A.W.O.L., was shot in Sweden out…

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