Jon Gosselin's liaison with girlfriend Hailey Glassman while he is still legally wed to Kate goes against the Jewish faith and is just not a good idea, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach tells the Huffington Post. He hinted that the relationship may end Sunday, when Jon makes a public apology to those he has hurt at NYC's West Side Synagogue.
The rabbi, whom Jon has consulted for spiritual guidance and parenting advice, is a father of 9 himself and served as a spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson. He has counseled Jon to break up with Hailey, 22, who is Jewish and made Jon half so, until his divorce is final.
"When your head is spinning and you're going through a divorce, how could you possibly choose wisely in a relationship?" Boteach said.
He declined to reveal the details on what Jon has said during their private discussions about Hailey but said that Jon will address their future, or lack thereof, on Sunday. Will he break up with Hailey then?
"Your question will be answered Sunday," Boteach said. "It is my belief that that will be addressed." He also said he has counseled Jon to stop having sex out of wedlock, but no word on whether his advice has fallen on deaf ears.
"I'm not going to talk about the things that go on between two adults," he said. "I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty."
Jon self-identifies as "half-Jewish, half-Korean," but Boteach regards him as Christian, as he has not taken any official steps toward conversion. "Christianity is a beautiful faith," Boteach said. "If he thinks he's half-Jewish, God bless him."
On Sunday Jon will "apologize for the profligate behavior he has already denounced," in addition to his mystery announcement about Hailey, Boteach said.
Suspenseful, but Boteach has tickets to sell. Hurry and get some before they run out.
Jon's mea culpa, or "Rabbi Shmuley engages Jon Gosselin in a raw and intimate dialogue on the ethical challenges and moral responsibility of celebrity," takes place Sunday at 7 pm at the West Side Synagogue on 34th Street in NYC.
Jon's camp released this statement on Friday:
I am troubled to learn that the media has accepted as true the scurrilous rumor that I would appear in a reality television program with Nadya Suleman. This is utterly false. I do however accept that some of my previous actions have in some way lent credence to such outrageous stories.I am well aware that my behavior over the past few months has not always reflected my personal and religious values. I further accept that I have allowed myself to become somewhat severed from my own moral anchor and be carried away by the challenges of fame
It is for this reason that I have endeavored of late to reconnect with my deeper, more spiritual, more altruistic self with regular study sessions and counseling with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose morality-centered-and-values-based advice, coupled with his profound commitment to fatherhood and family, I deeply respect.I have always endeavored to be a loving father and a devoted parent who serves as a moral exemplar to his eight children.
That's what my father, a children's dentist who always extended himself to his poorest patients, was to me. My father was my inspiration and moral compass. I intend to serve the same role for my own children by taking responsibility for my errors and making right any pain I have caused to those I love.I have therefore agreed to a forum at New York's West Side Synagogue this Sunday where I intend to publicly apologize in a sacred space to those whom I have hurt. I wish for the public to know my regret at having, at times, betrayed the moral principles that have always guided me.
This forum will also allow me to illustrate the further steps I am determined to take to regain the trust and confidence of loved ones as well as the public who have watched me over the years, together with Kate, raise our eight beautiful children. I could tell you that these steps are absolutely sincere and not intended for public consumption. But I know that ultimately I will be judged not by my words but my actions.
More than anything else, Rabbi Shmuley, as someone who has counseled others in similar circumstances, has impressed upon me the moral obligations inherent in celebrity and I understand that if a spotlight is shined on me, especially as a father of a large family, that I have to inspire others to do the right thing always. It is my sincere desire to use the fame I have so unexpectedly acquired to highlight mature, responsible behavior as well as the joys of fatherhood and family. I ask the public to please understand the challenges I face in living under constant public scrutiny, even as I am aware that I have at times courted that scrutiny.I am committed to making things right with Kate and especially my children. I ask you to please give me the opportunity to prove myself.