Lippman Bodoff

Lippman was born in 1930, the eldest of 3 brothers. He was raised in Boro Park, where the family belonged to the Young Israel, but he often attended services at Temple Beth El where he could hear cantors from Europe, with their old, great melodies and nusach.

After his early education at Yeshiva Etz Chaim in Boro Park, he studied at the Talmudical Academy and Teachers Institute of Yeshiva College. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York, and then Yale Law School.

Most of Lippman's legal career was spent at AT&T where he was in-house counsel for Western Electric (now Lucent). He served as theoretician in the many year struggle against the government anti-trust forces striving to break up the phone company. He was motivated by his conviction that the Bell System at the time was simply the best phone system in the world, by far.

When AT&T chose divestiture, Lippman decided to accept their offer of early retirement, in 1985. This enabled him to pursue long-standing interests and study Jewish history and literature at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He went on to publish numerous papers in journals such as Tradition, The Edah Journal, Bible Review, Jewish Bible Quarterly, and many others. Rabbi EmanualRackman urged Lippman to publish them in a book, which he did (The Binding of Isaac, Religious Murders,& Kabbalah - Seeds of Jewish Extremism and Alienation, Pub. 2005). The book section of this website includes some reviewer plaudits for the book. During these years, he also served as Assistant and then Associate Editor for Judaism magazine (American Jewish Committee).