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Jewish Battle Cry of Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Remarks Delivered by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the Third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala

We are in the last days of the month that commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II and the holocaust.

In January of 2014, on a visit to...

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Dying to Pray in Nablus

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 9:56 PM

Had I not see it with my own eyes I would not have believed it.

I had heard from friends about the monthly excursions into the heart of Nablus late in the night - about midnight - that allows Jews to pray in one of the holiest...

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

(15) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:17 AM

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.

The latest to succumb is Stanford University, who this past Tuesday voted in favor of BDS. Stanford,...

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Bibi, Nevermind Offending Obama

(339) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 11:52 PM

There is nothing wrong with an Israeli Prime Minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world's worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right but an...

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Martin Luther King Brought the Hebrew Prophets to Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Martin Luther Ling Day is today and to any American it should mean a rebirth of the principles enumerated on the Fourth of July. The latter commemorates the formation of our country upon the values of freedom and equality. When we remember Martin Luther King, however, we commemorate the man...

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Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Today I buried a man who had everything to live for. He was youthful and handsome with a beautiful young family. He stemmed from prosperity and had charisma and an electrifying personality.

He had been through a rough patch.

Had he lived to see his fortieth birthday...

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The Ferocious Battles for Israel on Western Campuses

(16) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 10:08 PM

The Jewish State is fighting wars for its very survival against barbarous, genocidal foes like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. But far outside the Middle East ferocious battles are being fought on the campuses of the world's great Universities for Israel's reputation and good name. The consequences of failure are too...

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1,000 Ways to Die in Australia: Travels in the Aussie Outback

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 6:52 AM

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory -- It was not the information we wanted to hear. As the receptionist showed us the long 4-wheel treks to the famous waterfalls at Australia's biggest park, he shared that a German tourist had died at one of the falls just two days earlier. Outside...

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Religious Extremists Did Not Derail This Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:38 AM

The only surprise about the giant Republican congressional victory is why it didn't happen sooner. Why did President Obama even win reelection in 2012?

Clearly, the American people got tired of seeing American weakness internationally and the rise of monsters like ISIS as a direct result of American foreign...

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Abraham Discovers the God of the Philosophers -- The Third Installment in a Weekly Parsha Series

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:20 PM

In this week's Parsha we read of Abraham, the first Jew, and the first to discover a Creator. For a moment, let us contrast God's revelation at Sinai when He gave the Torah and revealed Himself to all as Master of the Universe, with Abraham's self-discovery of God in his...

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Bereishis -- The First Installment in a Weekly Torah Series

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 4:34 AM

"Bereishis" is the First Installment of Rabbi Shmuley's Continuing Weekly Torah 5775 Parsha Series

In this week's Torah Reading -- Bereishis -- we reembark on the annual cycle, returning to the very beginning of the Bible, Genesis. Our story begins with the world's creation in its seven wondrous days,...

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Why We Had No Choice But to Fight Klinghoffer Opera

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Abe Foxman will soon be retiring as head of the ADL. American Jewry owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude as the most respected and effective communal voice against anti-Semitism. Abe is also a gentleman, beloved by all who know him, myself included. The jury is out as to whether...

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Kosher and Non-Kosher Voyeurism

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:59 PM

In my book "Kosher Adultery" I suggested that husbands make their wives into webcam girls. I was being facetious, but only just. We remain sexually healthy when our sexuality is not repressed. Why not cater to the male need for voyeurism by allowing husbands to stare at their knowing wives?...

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Lessening the Sin of Adultery

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:09 AM

The 1999 memo of Susannah Heschel that ended up with President Bill Clinton's domestic policy advisor, Ruby Shamir, excusing the president's affair with Monica Lewinsky as not being adulterous by virtue of "classical Jewish law" is bizarre. What was Heschel -- who is the daughter of the magnificent and eloquent...

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Why ISIS and Hamas Wear Masks

(138) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:07 AM

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

In ancient Israel, as the era of the judges was ending, it came time for the Israelites to finally have a king. Saul was God's first choice. He...

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Protesting Mahmoud Abbas in New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:13 AM

I can be harsh with my children.

Perhaps too harsh.

Amid writing books on parenting and having hosted a daily radio show for Oprah dispensing child-rearing advice, my family is not bereft of all the drama one would typically find in the American home.

Perhaps more so given that we...

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Rabbi Shmuley's Speech for Peace Before 100,000 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Taken from Rabbi Shmuley's Speech at Seoul's Olympic Stadium on September 17th:

Friends, brothers and sisters, dignitaries and leaders, fellow children of God:

As an American whose country I am so honored to represent, let me begin by paying homage to the memory of 33,000 Americans who...

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Killer App in Jerusalem

(48) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Jerusalem -- I can't sleep at night.

It's not because of the rockets, although Israel is under constant rocket fire. And it's not because of iron dome, although it makes loud booms.

The other night at our Jerusalem hotel our six-year old daughter was...

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Battling Dark Emotion at the Gaza Border

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:10 PM

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 Sderot, the beleaguered city of 25,000 in Southern Israel which Hamas uses for target practice. More than 12,000 deadly rockets have been...

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Living With War in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:25 PM

A broad consensus has emerged that Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, and the dismantling of Gush Katif, was a catastrophe that led to three Hamas wars. It may well lead to more. As a country that has been at war, with little respite, since its inception, what is Israel to do...

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