Binyamin Tanny grew up in a religious family, one of eleven children. He spent his educational years bouncing between Jewish schools in search of the ideal Jewish education. "I went from Jewish school number one, to Jewish school number two, and then number three, back to number one, back to number two and so on. It was a dangerous game. One day I was playing the part of the Chassid, the next day the anti-Chassid, the Zionist, the anti-Zionist, and then back to playing Chassid."
Binyamin grew up spending time with youth of frum-from-birth parents and baalei t'shuvah parents in school. In the scout troop and Jewish youth groups he attended, there were all kinds of Jews: Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Orthodox. This exposure brought with it an understanding of the many challenges that face the wide spectrum of Jewish communities. He received Smicha in Australia while also working as a synagogue youth director and Jewish studies teacher, as well as contributing his time and knowledge to various outreach and kiruv organizations. His blog, travelingrabbi.com, documents his experiences arising from his travel to hundreds of communities around the world where he has had the opportunity to interact with parents, educators, young adults and teenagers.