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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Battling Dark Emotion at the Gaza Border

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.14.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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...

President Kagame of Rwanda and His Enemies

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

No sooner had I returned from the twentieth anniversary commemorations of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali than I saw Howard French's assault on the man universally credited with stopping the mass killings, President Paul Kagame.

Arguing With God at Auschwitz

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Staring right at me was the greatest test to faith in the history of the world. A place so monstrous, so brutal, so deadly, that it has become the very synonym of evil and mass murder.

Davos and the Hatred of Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The most painful part of an otherwise illuminating and extraordinary Forum, without question, was Iranian President Rouhani's speech where he demonstrated an astonishing capacity to lie to one of the world's most educated and sophisticated audiences

Why Hillel Is Failing in the Fight for Israel on Campus

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

If Hillel and Chabad want to have a true impact on Jewish students they should subordinate the social events and the tired gender-homosexuality-egalitarian discussions to the hard-nosed debates about Israel, the truth of Judaism, and the other great challenges to Jewish identity.

Mandela and Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I never met the great African leader. I never saw him face-to-face. Never peered into his eyes. Never heard his gentle, welcoming voice through anything but the media. And yet, I felt a personal connection to him nonetheless.

Nearing the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I came to Mount Kilimanjaro, the fabled roof of Africa, because I wanted to experience the glory of God as manifest in the beauty of nature.

A Week in Israel With Dr. Oz

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Mehmet is a remarkable man and seeing him up close reinforced the high regard in which I have always held him, ever since we started working together for Oprah at her radio network.

Stop the Haters: Shmuley Boteach and Cory Booker Bring Hope to American Politics

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A spate of recent articles has wondered whether Cory Booker is "too Jewish" and too conservative in his views on the U.S.-Israel relationship. They analyze and speculate on his friendships with two Orthodox rabbis. In doing so, they reflect all that is wrong with American politics and Jewish life.

5 Rabbis Explain Jesus

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For every complex question, as H.L. Mencken once put, there is usually an answer that is "clear, simple and wrong." His observation rings true when it comes to a question I get at least once a week. What do Jews believe about Jesus?

In Defense of Samantha Power

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Those of us who admire all that Samantha Power has already accomplished in the human rights arena and believe her to be an inspired choice as UN ambassador must speak out on her behalf.

The Sinful Marriage

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The tenth commandment is clear: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife," which means, by direct implication, you ought to be coveting your own. About eighty percent of husbands who cheat on their wives claim to love their wives, but lust for another woman has trumped that love.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I knew from the beginning that running in a race where Democrats outnumbered Republicans four to one was like climbing a political Mt. Everest. But it was the journey that mattered.

Campaigning Amid Sandy's Disaster Without Appearing Unseemly

The Huffington Post | Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

With storm assessments declaring New Jersey the hardest-hit state by Hurricane Sandy, politicians face a delicate balance of staying in the public eye...

Adelson Republican Talks Campaign With Dog, UPS Guy

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a Sheldon Adelson-backed Republican congressional candidate with ties to Michael Jackson, talks to random voters, a dog, scarec...

Adelson Republican Continues Comedy Routine

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Republican congressional candidate running against Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), has rele...

Republican Compares Self To Freud, John Lennon

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the celebrity New Jersey rabbi running for Congress, released a new ad Monday that highlights his beard as a reason to vote for...