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Entries by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from 05/2012

A Warrior-Scholar Falls in Israel: The Death of Benzion Netanyahu

| Posted 05.01.2012 | World

Professor Benzion Netanyahu was a man of rare humility, scholarship, patriotism and sacrifice. His commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish community will long serve as an inspiration and blessing to people everywhere.

Dan Savage Savages the Bible Over Homosexuality

| Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

Everywhere we look today we find fanatics. So often we blame religion for all the extremists. But there are plenty of secular fanatics as well. From Savage's offensive attack against the Bible and religion in front of high school students, he appears to be one of them.

President Obama Does a bin Laden End-Zone Dance

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

What a difference one year makes. Last year I praised President Obama for not wanting to "spike the football" by releasing gruesome death photos of Osama bin Laden. But this year, forget spiking the football. The president is doing an end-zone dance.

The Revolting Lie That Michael Jackson Was a Nazi Sympathizer

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Celebrity

I was Michael's Rabbi for two years. During that time, we discussed every subject under the sun. Michael detested and despised anyone who would do harm to another human being; he loathed everything Hitler stood for. Michael was a great friend of the Jewish people.

What If Government Recognized Only Civil Unions and Left Marriage to Religion?

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

What if government withdrew from the marriage business altogether, and provided only civil unions to two consenting adults wishing to unify their lives, leaving the spirituality of the union to other entities to recognize, name, sanctify and define?

Questions About Time Magazine's Attachment Parenting Cover Story

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Parents

In the same way we should avoid religious extremism and political extremism, perhaps we ought to avoid parenting extremes as well. Inappropriate helicopter parenting potentially snuffs out a child's initiative, individuality, and sense of self. Attachment parenting runs the same risk.

Why Cory Booker's Message of Social Civility Resonates

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

It's sad that a political leader as accomplished as Cory, who has been as successful as he at reviving a city, should be hit by the left for criticizing the Obama campaign, and by the right for later defending the campaign. Does politics mean never speaking your mind or living by your values?

An Open Letter to Congressmen Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell

| Posted 05.30.2012 | New York

Dear Steve and Bill, Many of us have watched in amazement and dismay the increasingly bitter primary battle ensuing between you. You were once close...