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Entries by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from 01/2012

Religious Extremists in Israel and How the Mainstream Must Combat It

| Posted 01.03.2012 | World

If we Jews are enjoined to emulate our patriarch Jacob who wrestled with an angel, then surely we must also respectfully challenge our spiritual leaders and reclaim our human voice.

Deception and Desire: An Overview of Genesis

| Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion

It is a seemingly never-ending cycle that entangles the lives of even the most righteous of individuals. Unrequited desire usually leads to dire consequences.

Tim Tebow Infiltrates the Secular Cathedral of Sport

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Sports

Yes, I'm a Tim Tebow fan. And not only because he's the underdog who pulls off miraculous victories, the scrappy boyish quarterback who always snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.

Religious Incitement Over My 'Kosher Jesus' Book

| Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion

That's the problem with the knee-jerk religious extremism. It dismisses nuance and seeks to create bogeymen.

'Kosher Jesus' and the Religious Websites That Want Me Crucified

| Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion

Why does all this matter? Because a battle is being waged for the soul of Judaism between a lunatic fringe and those who believe Judaism must always be informed, educated, open and loving.

What Is Motivating the Global Ban on 'Kosher Jesus'?

| Posted 01.19.2012 | Religion

I must retain the right to defend myself against the appalling and libelous charge of heresy. America is not Iran and rabbis in the American Jewish community are not the Revolutionary Guard.

Factual Corrections to the Post by Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet on My Book Kosher Jesus

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion

Friends have asked me whether I expected this level of attack in publishing Kosher Jesus. My response has been that while I expected the book to be criticized, I never expected my critics to compromise their own values in going after the book.

Why American Religion Isn't Refining American Values

| Posted 01.23.2012 | Huffington Post

At the heart of the American experience is a profound contradiction: How are we so incredibly religious and yet so seemingly decadent?

Where Synagogues Are Treated Worse Than Terror Houses

| Posted 01.30.2012 | New York

Is it only synagogues that get the book thrown at them? Is there any hope that our application will ever be heard by the City of Englewood?