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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

#TalkToMe: Rabbi Shmuley's Daughters Interview Him

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

When Arianna Huffington first asked me to do a #TalkToMe video with my daughters it raised all kinds of fears. What would my children ask me? What would I have to reveal to them? What if there were things that I did not want the rest of the world to know? But slowly the power of the idea hit me.

The Vanishing Jews of Cory Booker's Memoir

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The New York Observer called to ask me if I had seen that my dear friend of 25 years, Senator Cory Booker, had removed me from his memoir over my publ...

Biking Beyond Breaking Point

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Islamorada, Florida - I now understand the meaning of the blessing that I've always heard, "... And may the wind be at your back." I'm on a narrow ...

Cory Booker Must Understand Jewish Outrage Over Iran Deal

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It's imperative that the Jewish and Israel-loving community never succumb to battle-fatigue over the Iran deal and make things personal. Cory's choice to vote for the Iran deal is not a personal betrayal or a display of disloyalty to the Jewish community.

My Response to Senator Booker's Support for the Iran Deal

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Nearly 25 years ago, I introduced Cory Booker to the Jewish community and had him serve as president of our Jewish student group at Oxford University,...

Iran Deal Foes Reach New Low, Claim Iran Will Nuke U.S., Kill Millions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Here we have a claim that Iran will not only make and use nuclear weapons, but will use them against the United States. I'm just going to let the extremeness of that claim sink in.

Iran: Deal or No Deal?

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

The full-page ad in this week's Washington Post portraying President Obama as history's favorite whipping boy, Neville Chamberlain, was wrong in nearly every one of its many strident particulars.

Is Iran Too Evil to Talk to?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Iran's deplorable record is not a reason to walk away. It is the very reason we must hammer out a iron-clad agreement to ensure Iran cannot get it's hands on a nuclear bomb.

As Stanford Falls to BDS, It's Time to Strike Back

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The dominoes are falling one by one. The student governments of major and highly prestigious universities, comprised of giant Jewish student populations, are voting to divest from major companies doing business with Israel.

Boteach's Choice

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The way that Mr. Boteach has jumped on my willingness to say "I'm sorry" is political gamesmanship at its finest - and I accept that from a partisan political hatchet-man. I find it far harder to accept such behavior from someone who self-identifies primarily as a spiritual leader of the Jewish community.

No, Shmuley Boteach, It's Not Alright for Bibi to Offend Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Yes Mr. Boteach, Bibi should concern himself with offending Obama, because American public opinion isn't guaranteed forever. A less overt and obnoxious approach than siding with a rival political party when presenting Israel's security objectives would be good for everyone.

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

The Ferocious Battles for Israel on Western Campuses

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.30.2015 | College
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The world Jewish community and Israel's non-Jewish allies need to wake up. Israel is under vicious attack at European, American, South African, Australian, and Canadian Universities. It's a battle we can win if we step up our game on campus and begin to courageously fight back.

Why This Reform Rabbi Loves Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

One of the new phrases of the digital age is "authorpreneur." It refers to writers who become entrepreneurs in order to get their message out and sell...

Bereishis -- The First Installment in a Weekly Torah Series

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In this week's Torah Reading -- Bereishis -- we reembark on the annual cycle, returning to the very beginning of the Bible, Genesis.

Why ISIS and Hamas Wear Masks

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The biblical story of Saul teaches us a powerful lesson regarding the individual's moral choice and what that choice may lead to.

Battling Dark Emotion at the Gaza Border

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It was a moving day. Almost too moving. And I don't know how to quite process the emotions. Having arrived with my family in Israel, we traveled to...

Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We all pray for peace. We seek the harmony and tranquility of universal brotherhood. But we are well aware that at times the only way to achieve peace is through a just, defensive war.

Protocols of the Elders of Hamas

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I was at the UN Security Council hearing on the war in Gaza on Thursday as a guest of Ambassador Eugene Gasana of Rwanda who held the Security Council presidency through July.

The Rebbe's Prophecy About Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

No one knows how the current war will play out. Even if Israel clears out every last Hamas tunnel, how long will it be before it is forced to back in to dismantle Hamas' rebuilt terror infrastructure?

Obama: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

President Obama can salvage so much of his legacy on foreign policy by beginning to employ the language of moral absolutes, especially when it comes to terror organizations who celebrate the murder of civilians.

Who's Afraid of Hamas?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

My children spent the day on the Gaza Border giving out popsicles to the soldiers going into battle. Of course, to cover all the religious bases, and because we are a Chabad family, they also put on tefillin with the soldiers.

Allison Benedikt's Mean-Spirited and Shameful Column

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We Jews know what a blood libel is. It captures false accusations that Jews are culpable for deaths they did not commit or are in no way responsible ...

What Made the Rebbe Judaism's Greatest Contemporary Leader

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The twentieth anniversary of the Rebbe's passing is being accompanied by the portrayal of the Rebbe as the founder of Judaism with a smile. But this is not the whole story and it sanitizes the Rebbe's legacy. In truth, the Rebbe was a revolutionary.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Talks 'Kosher Lust'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, spiritual counselor to Michael Jackson, onetime Republican candidate for Congress and author of the best-sellin...