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Battling Loneliness in the Australian Outback

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 3:04 PM

Australia is a big part of my life, having married an Aussie and having spent the formative years of 19-21 in Sydney as a Rabbinical student. I return often to visit family and to do lectures and media on books. I'm here now for Israel Independence day where I headlined...

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Romantic Israel

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 4:12 PM

There is a tendency by some not to romanticize Israel. For them the country is like others, albeit with far greater security challenges. Israel, they say, is a country with roads, cities, towns, and town squares, like any other.

This is not true for me, for whom Israel is the...

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Iran Defiles the Words "Never Again" in the Washington Post

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:24 PM

I read something today from Iran that truly jolted me. That says a lot because one would think that a Jewish American is already inured to the never-ending stream of vile hatred and incitement that is part of the very DNA of Ayatollah-led Iran. The sad thing about hatred is...

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#TalkToMe: Rabbi Shmuley's Daughters Interview Him

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 10:53 AM


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?

Slowly the power of the idea hit me. We as parents are so often asking questions of our children and trying to engage them as much and as deeply as possible. But the idea of a reverse engagement, of opening up the well streams of our experience, wisdom, and knowledge to an eager next generation of youth, is no longer a modern rite of passage, even with our own children.

When I sat down to do the interview with my eldest daughter Mushki, and my third daughter Shterny, they were insistent that I could not have an inkling of the questions before. That made it more mysterious but also created more anxiety. They are accustomed to seeing me interviewed, and they're even more accustomed to my peppering them with questions at the dinner table. With the roles reversed I was in a position of disempowerment. It made me feel vulnerable. But it was also invigorating and lots of fun.

At the end an intimate video emerged, bright and hopeful. It created a deeper bond between my daughters and me as they got me, like no other interviewer before, to speak candidly and emotionally about all that is valuable about being a father.

This is a brilliant series idea by Arianna, which I am so glad to participate in.

Now, watch with kid gloves and please be gentle.

Rabbi Shmuley...

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The Vile Comparisons of Donald Trump to Hitler

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 6:51 PM

The disgusting, vile comparisons of Donald Trump to Hitler are an affront to decency, the Jewish community, the victims of the Holocaust and to Trump himself. The Washington Post published a column by a Harvard professor comparing Trump to Hitler. The New York Daily News had the words "Trump is...

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Migrant Policy in Europe Exposes Its Hypocrisy on Israel

(2) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Europe has long touted itself as a beacon of human rights and freedoms. From their safe and secure area of the world, they've looked askance at Israel with a self-righteous smugness that proclaims, "If only we were in Israel's position, there would have been peace and tranquility with Hamas, Hezbollah,...

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The Vanishing Jews of Cory Booker's Memoir

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 12:48 PM

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 public criticism of his choice to support the Iran deal. I was vocal in calling upon Cory to oppose the...

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Biking Beyond Breaking Point

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 9:55 PM

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 two-lane highway in the Florida keys. Trucks and cars are veering around me as they race at incredible...

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Hillary Clinton's Troubling Relationship With an Israel-Hater

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Who is Max Blumenthal, why is he a Hillary Clinton Israel Svengali, and does he pose as big a headache for Hillary as Jeremiah Wright did for Barack Obama?

The well-known proverb declares you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.

Last summer, in the...

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ISIS Finally Comes After the Jews

(352) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 11:31 PM

The Kurds have essentially been the only group doing anything to battle ISIS on the ground and save Yazidi men, women, and children from enslavement and death.

For the last few years, the West thought they could ignore this "contained" holocaust that's been raging in Syria and Iraq. Unfortunately in...

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British Jewish Students Attempt to Silence My Mention of Israel

(175) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 6:02 PM

I lived in the UK as Rabbi to the students of Oxford University for over eleven years. I participated in countless debates on Israel with some of the country's most rabid opponents. When I was back in England this week for a debate at the Oxford Union, the memory of...

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Cory, Don't Block Senate Vote on Iran Deal

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:16 PM

While Senator Cory Booker, one of the elected officials closest to the American Jewish community, has heartbreakingly announced his support for the Iran deal, it does not mean he has to support the Democrats plan to kill the vote on Iran.

Today in DC I visited with...

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Cory Booker Must Understand Jewish Outrage Over Iran Deal

(21) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 1:30 AM

On Tuesday my close friend Senator Cory Booker will meet with Jewish leaders at his office in Newark to confront the shock and outrage of American Jewry at his announcement last Thursday that he will support the Iran deal. If it's true, as reported in The New York Observer, that...

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

(13) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:31 PM

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, the L'Chaim Society. Ever since then, I have been proud to share a stage with him at countless Synagogues and Jewish communal events and...

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Impose the Same Gun Control on Iran that You Would on the US

(131) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:37 PM

It seems that we hear every week, more and more, about one senseless public shooting after another. After each incident, advocates on both side of the firearms issue come out, guns blazing, trying to frame the incident in a way that supports their views on the Second Amendment. What I...

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Ashley Madison: Where Bored, Straight Husbands Go to Meet Other Guys

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:07 PM

The hackers who are having a jolly time bringing down Ashley Madison exposed many men who were trying to cheat on their wives. I say trying because, according to the hackers, Ashley Madison lied to their clientele and refused to reveal that 95% of the people on the...

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Obama Compares Iran-Deal Opponents to the Mullahs

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:08 AM

President Obama has shown his naiveté time and time again when it comes to dealing with the Iranian regime. The Ayatollahs who control the country regularly lead their masses of followers with chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

Iran's top cleric Ayatollah Ali...

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To Obama, Iran's Threats Never Matter

(11) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:16 PM

On Saturday, "Al Quds Day," Iran had an orgy of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" chants. I witnessed some of it here in Toronto where I'm filming a new TV series. Thousands of Israel haters protested in front of the American consulate accusing Israel of being a Nazi...

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Will Samantha Power Be the First American UN Ambassador to Abandon Israel?

(401) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Last week mega-philanthropist Michael Steinhardt, co-founder of Birthright Israel, which has brought 500,000 young Jews to Israel, joined with our organization, The World Values Network, in a full-page New York Times ad about Ambassador Samantha Power. In the ad Mr. Steinhardt reminded the Ambassador of her commitment at her Senate...

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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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