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Entries by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from 01/2013

Why Jews Are So Bad at PR

| Posted 01.07.2013 | Media

We have ceded the PR ground to Israel's enemies. The price paid is steep. What good is having Apache helicopter gunships, or Merkava tanks, to defend your citizens against attack if you can't even use them because the world thinks you're always the aggressor?

Hagel's Homophobic History

| Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
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Why would the Senator insist on the Biblical teachings regarding homosexuality but not those of protecting Israel?

Bill Clinton as Father of the Year

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Parents

You can be a great father even if you're not exactly the greatest spouse. The two are not incongruous. Of course, it's best to try and be both.

The Unsatisfied American Woman

| Posted 01.13.2013 | Women

Why are relationships on the decline? Because the advice being given is flawed. It emphasizes the cozy, warm, fuzzy emotion of love over the super-charged, deeply erotic, electrifying feeling of lust.

Religion's Most Repellent Idea

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion

Any attempts to infuse suffering with rich meaning shows callous indifference to the heartache of fellow humans. Suffering does not leave us ennobled but broken, morose and bitter.

Does Anyone Give a Damn About Syria?

| Posted 01.16.2013 | World

I was a Rabbi at a University. If 80 students had died in a military attack it would have shaken the foundations of the academic world. But in Syria it's just another day of indiscriminate slaughter.

Why Bibi Is Not Intimidated by Obama

| Posted 01.21.2013 | World

No Israeli prime minister has ever been as American as Bibi. And yet no prime minister has so successfully resisted the pressure from the leader of a country he loves so much for a country he loves even more.

Shabbos in Davos

| Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion

Every year, on Friday night, the Forum hosts a Shabbat meal that, longtime attendants say, started with a handful of people, including leading Israeli economists, but now boasts world leaders and Jewish personalities from around the globe.