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Entries by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from 04/2012

Will Peter Beinart Debate Me on Israel and School Choice?

| Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion

I have two rules about people's positive actions. The first is that they are always more important than their intentions, whatever they may be. The second is the rule articulated by Maimonides nearly 800 years ago: embrace truth regardless of its source.

Are We Free? Passover's Message of Personal and Public Liberation

| Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion

Breaking free of negative patterns is difficult, more so for a nation that it even is for an individual. But that's what Passover is all about.

A Conversation With Trayvon Martin's Mother

| Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion

"If Trayvon can die and no one pays a price, it can be someone else's child next time. This isn't only about our family, it's about all families. It's about all children. Trayvon is everyone's child."

Would Hilary Rosen Have Criticized Stay-at-Home Dads as Never Having Worked?

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

If Rosen is going to rail against a war against women, then let's agree that a gender bias that praises men who put their kids first but punishes women for the same is an unfair assault in that battle.

In Norway, You Can Murder 77 People and Still Enjoy Retirement

| Posted 04.18.2012 | World

If Anders Behring Breivik is found to be mentally competent, the toughest sentence Norwegian law can mete out is 21 years, though he may still remain incarcerated if he is deemed to be a danger to society. Breivik may be walking the streets by the time he's 55.

As Millions Starve in North Korea, the West Make Jokes About Their Missiles

| Posted 04.19.2012 | World

We took the threat of Saddam seriously. Likewise, there has been no comedic perspective over the slaughter of the Syrian people happening at this very moment. Yet for some reason North Korea doesn't come across as such a pressing matter that must be dealt with forthwith.

Public Asks for Political Inspiration, but Responds to Negative Attacks

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

There are two people running against me in the Republican primary for New Jersey's Ninth district and recently I had an interesting lesson in politics...

Why Does G-d Allow Children to Be Born With Disabilities?

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion

We Jews protest and remonstrate against suffering. We don't excuse it. We don't justify it. We don't find beauty in it. We don't find spiritual purpose it in. We fight it and, to the best of our ability, cure it.