Batman, the FBI and Torah

The rabbi to the FBI’s behavioral science unit — whatever that means — will speak Tuesday (April 27)  at Young Israel of New Rochelle.

Rabbi Cary Friedman’s 8 p.m. talk is called “Bringing Spirituality to the FBI.”

ltHolyTorahAuthorFriedman, an Orthodox rabbi from Jersey, is a chaplain and motivational speaker “specializing in law enforcement-related issues,” according to a bio.

He’s also a big fan of the top secret agent around. Batman.

According to a profile from the New Jersey Jewish News, Friedman finds universal messages in the stories of the Caped Crusader and incorporates them into his teachings. He’s written a book called “Wisdom from the Batcave: How to Live a Super, Heroic Life.”

imagesOne reviewer on Amazon calls it “possibly the most enjoyable self-help book ever.”

Friedman explains:


When I was growing up, my house was filled with survivors. My mother and her friends would talk about whatever. But there was a certain need to confront a world that’s uncertain and a little scary. They made a conscious, deliberate, decisive effort to make some order of the world…

…as a kid, I latched on to Batman. It’s taken years to work out, but he resonated with me, because he also tried to make sense of a scary world. He saw his parents murdered before his eyes and tried to inject a sense of justice. But he did so without superpowers. He was an ordinary person who offered universal lessons about dealing with adversity.


No word on whether Friedman will talk Batman in New Ro.

Or where Robin fits in.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.