Benny Friedman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his father, Rabbi Manis Friedman, was a Chabad shaliach. He is the eleventh of fourteen children and one of ten brothers. His uncle (his father’s brother) is Orthodox Jewish singing superstar Avraham Fried; he is also the first-cousin of Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus (sons of his father’s sister Ita) of the band 8th Day.
At the age of twelve he was sent to learn at the Lubavitcher yeshiva in Postville, Iowa, where he boarded in the home of Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin. At age 15 he traveled to Israel to study in the Lubavitcher yeshiva in Safed. He earned rabbinic ordination and worked as a Chabad shaliach in Tucson, Arizona for several years.
He married in 2009 and resides in Brooklyn.