America’s Freedom Festival


Rabbi Benny Zippel, the Salt Lake City-based executive director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Utah, delivered the opening invocation for America’s Freedom Festival in Provo.

In his address at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center, Zippel referred to the Seven Noahide Laws recorded in the Torah and incumbent upon all human beings.

“In recognizing you, O G-d, as the sovereign creator and ruler of the universe,” he said, “we are fulfilling the first of seven commandments which you, O G-d, gave to Noah and his family … the command to worship you and you alone.”

Zippel also took the opportunity to note that the 14th anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, would be observed a few days later.

“The Rebbe was a great patriot, always extolling the virtue of patriotism to his constituents,” said Zippel. “May his memory be for a blessing, and his for a shield for our government and our country.” Occurring just days before Independence Day, the June 29 celebration drew a record attendance of more than 17,000 people. …

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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