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Entries by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from 05/2011

Royal Weddings and Human Idols

| Posted 05.01.2011 | World

Institutions that make humans into objects of veneration end up consuming the poor souls who have to live up to these impossibly lofty standards.

Hate Osama, But Do Not Rejoice in His Death

| Posted 05.02.2011 | Religion

Ecclesiastes expressed it best. There is not just a time to love but also a time to hate. I hate Osama bin Laden, but I will not rejoice in his death. It would have been better for the world had he never been born.

Morality of Killing Bin Laden Amid Unseemly Celebration

| Posted 05.06.2011 | Religion

In imagining how we Americans would react to the news that Osama bin Laden had finally been killed, I expected mass expressions of relief. But what I never anticipated was the celebrations.

Bin Laden's Burial and Other Religious Frauds

| Posted 05.15.2011 | Religion

For years US government officials as well American Muslim leaders have been saying that Osama bin Laden is not a Muslim but a charlatan. Why then, if bin Laden did not live as a Muslim, did we rush to bury him as one?

Why Powerful Men Can't Keep Their Pants On

| Posted 05.17.2011 | Divorce

The biggest mistake we make in determining why powerful men cheat is to believe they're looking for sex. If it's sex they're after they have wives who can cater to their needs. No, these men are looking for something else entirely: validation.

Sexual License of the 1960s Does Not Excuse Pedophile Priests

| Posted 05.19.2011 | Religion

A new report argues the high incidence of sexual abuse by priests in the 1960s reflected the growing aberrance of American society during that period, including "an increase in premarital sexual behavior and divorce." Are they serious?

Obama at AIPAC: Let the Fun Begin

| Posted 05.20.2011 | Politics

How sad that now, months after the Arab uprisings began, when President Obama has finally decided to give a major policy speech supporting the Arab right to be free, he squandered the opportunity by yet again dumping on Israel.

At AIPAC, Obama's Jackie Mason Moment

| Posted 05.22.2011 | Politics

Why did President Obama destroy his Arab democracy speech, not to mention further erode his already tenuous Jewish support, with a reference to the '67 borders that he has now climbed down from?

Mr. Libyan Ambassador, Sell Us Your Home and Help the Rebels

| Posted 05.24.2011 | New York
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Few are unaware of the fact that my next-door neighbor in Englewood, New Jersey, is the Libyan Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, who also served as Gaddafi's Foreign Minister for eight years.

Bibi's Heckler: To Seize or Not to Seize?

| Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Halfway through Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday I was confronted by a moral dilemma. A heckler was being subdued; should I have helped?

San Francisco's Curious Attachment to the Male Foreskin

| Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics

This November, believe it or not, a measure will be on the ballot in San Francisco to ban circumcision for all males under the sage of 18, making it an offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. Talk about putting skin in the game.

Those Who Say Israel Should Fear the Wrath of Obama

| Posted 05.30.2011 | World

What I do have a problem with is the large number of commentators -- the vast majority Jewish -- who say that in defying Obama on the '67 borders Netanyahu has provoked the President's wrath and Israel will now suffer the consequences.