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Cory, Don't Block Senate Vote on Iran Deal

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 1:16 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 | 2:30 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 | 6:31 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 | 1:37 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 | 6:07 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 | 12:08 PM

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 | 3:16 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?

(406) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:43 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 | 1:52 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 | 10:56 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 | 7:17 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 26, 2015 | 12:52 AM

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 | 6:26 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 | 12:05 PM

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 | 11:08 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 | 7:52 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 | 12:38 PM

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 | 8:20 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 | 5:34 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 | 5:50 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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