Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis FriedmanWorld-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, Rabbi Manis Friedman uses ancient wisdom and modern wit as he captivates audiences around the country and around the world. He hosts his own critically acclaimed cable television series, Torah Forum with Manis Friedman, syndicated throughout North America. Over 150,000 copies of his provocative yet entertaining tapes, both audio and video have been sold.

Rabbi Friedman’s first book, DOESN'T ANYONE BLUSH ANYMORE?, published by Harper San Francisco in 1990, was widely praised by the media. Following the publication of the book, he was featured internationally in over 200 print articles, and interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows. He has appeared on CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS, and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and others. Note: Blush is currently in its fourth printing distributed exclusively through The Bookmen, Inc.

Rabbi Friedman is a noted Biblical scholar, recognized for his sagacious grasp of Jewish mysticism. In 1971, he founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world's first yeshiva exclusively for women, where he continues to serve as dean. From 1984-1990 he served as simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s televised talks.

Rabbi Friedman is a professionally ranked member of the National Speakers Association. His speaking tours take him to every part of this country as well as Israel, England, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Rabbi Friedman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1946 and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1950. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical College of Canada in 1969.

Rabbi Manis Friedman enthuses each of his listeners and readers with a sense of purpose and definite direction.


·       “[Friedman's] Television show, “Torah Forum” promotes ethical thinking in cable markets across the U.S." -- Rolling Stone

·       "Anyone who is either married or thinking of getting married would do well to read [Friedman's] book." — Bob Dylan

·       "The message in Friedman's folksy and fascinating book is simple: It's good to be good." — Seventeen Magazine

·       "With wit and originality, Manis Friedman makes us take a fresh look at our own morality." — Guideposts

·       "A most unusual man who is saying what needs to be said… provocative and inspiring." — Bob Grant

·       "I recommend that every person in America go out and buy [Friedman's] book." --Paul Harvey

·       "…Gentle, sensitive, wise, and sometimes crack-up funny." — Lifestyles In Recovery

·       "A rising superstar… eloquent and witty." — New York Times Magazine