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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

(134) 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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Protocols of the Elders of Hamas

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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. I heard the regular condemnations of Israel for being indifferent to the murder of children. Secretary General Ban...

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The Rebbe's Prophecy About Israel

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In September, 1993, the Oxford University L'Chaim Society, which I founded, was advancing. The organization we had started just a few years earlier had rapidly grown to be the second largest student society in Oxford's history. Our presidents were Cory Booker, later to be a United States Senator, and Toba...

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Obama: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Elie Wiesel is one of my greatest heroes and I've been lucky to have a warm friendship with him. I would rarely consider disagreeing with such a global moral giant and one of the foremost Jewish personalities of modern times who has had such a profound impact on my life....

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Who's Afraid of Hamas?

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:44 AM

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.

This was their idea completely. They rented a car,...

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Allison Benedikt's Mean-Spirited and Shameful Column

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:19 PM

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 for.

So how should we view Slate's publication of Allison Benedikt's piece that holds Birthright responsible for the death of heroic Israeli...

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Western Leaders Who Demand Israeli Restraint

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:08 PM

The greatest challenge facing Israel in its current battle against Hamas is the world's absurd moral equivalence between a righteous democracy trying to protect its citizens from indiscriminate rocket fire and a genocidal terror organization committed to murdering Jews and destroying the State of Israel.


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Israel Cannot Survive a Two-Front War

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:52 PM

By now let's state what is painfully obvious. Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 was a catastrophe. As Israel stands poised to invade Gaza for a third time since that tragic mistake, it must accept that ceding land to those hell-bent on your destruction is a guarantee that your...

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Fed Up With Dead Jews

(12) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 5:51 PM

There have been other murdered Jews at the hands of terrorists, countless in fact. Walk the streets of Jerusalem and see all the plaques on cafes', pizza shops, and street corners to Jews murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

But something changed with the murder of these three innocent teens. It...

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What Made the Rebbe Judaism's Greatest Contemporary Leader

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Twenty years ago this Tuesday I awoke early in Oxford because I was taking a non-Jewish student President of our L'Chaim Society named Cory Booker to Israel for the first time. I was packed and getting dressed when the phone rang. It was my father calling from Jerusalem.

"I don't...

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Obama Fiddles While the World Burns

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Under President Obama the world's becoming unstuck. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, like Syria, or new Arab dictators, like Egypt. Libya is degenerating into a den...

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