Thursday I had what was probably the most unpleasant TV interview of my life on Canada's Sun News Network. Interviewed by host Michael Coren about my book Kosher Jesus, I expected to be asked about the book's content. Coren quickly got to a question that seemed to be bursting from within.
To bring anyone's children into a public dispute about ideas is a gross violation. But for religious leaders to suggest that children will pay for a father's actions by not being able to marry is loathsome and grotesque.
Rothman's decision to put merit before political consideration showed character and integrity and I salute it. It also demonstrated a willingness to populate our officer corps with deserving men and women, whatever the political consequences.
Why would a Rabbi run for Congress? Because the problems we're seeing in our great nation are not caused by an economic downturn but by a values erosion, and I intend to be the values-voice that Congress so desperately needs.
The only times Jewish people mention Jesus are when they stub their toe, miss the bus or tell you about their theater tickets to a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Two new books will change that.
Shmuley Boteach is an old friend, but even old friends can go awry sometimes. When they do, it behooves someone who cares enough for them to try and set them straight. Not to do so is to betray that friendship.
How strange that half of the population seems prepared to squander everything important in the pursuit of material success, while the rest are content to gorge themselves on junk food in front of reality television. At issue is the most basic urge of all: hunger.
The days of the rabbi as a weighty moral conscience are behind us. The rabbi as irritant has been replaced with rabbi as ego-massager. The rabbi's the with-it guy with whom you watch the ball game. Yep, that's one swell guy, our rabbi.
On a fresh crop of newly released Nixon tapes, the president, who disliked Jews but helped rescue Israel during the Yom Kippur War, says of his senior Jewish advisers that they, like "most Jewish people, are insecure."
It takes one heck of a lot of chutzpa to tell gay men or women not to adopt when we refuse to do so ourselves. Surely leaving kids to drown without love is deeply immoral. But to stop others from rescuing them is an abomination.
The worst of all character traits in the Jewish religion is to be an ingrate. Denying the goodness that others perform on your behalf leads to a closing of the human heart. No one wants to be taken for granted.
Marital sex has become so pathetic that one out of three American couples are entirely platonic, while the remaining seventy percent have sex once a week for seven minutes at a time. This includes the time he spends begging.
It is not just Chabad that has changed so dramatically over the past 16 years. I have changed as well. My love for Chabad is just as deep, but I am past my infatuation. I see flaws that need to be corrected.
Evangelicals have marginalized themselves by taking a single prohibition in the Bible and elevating it to a single moral standard besides which all else pales. No wonder there haven't been any value-based issues discussed this election.
Religion as pious sorcery threatens to undermine its moral dimension. The Bible codes and mystical, magical Judaism wrongly tell us that the Bible special for it's hidden numerology and nascent predictions, rather than for its wisdom.
As an orthodox Rabbi who reveres the Bible I do not deny the Biblical prohibition on male same-sex relationships. Rather, I place it in context. Does not the same Bible also say, "It is not good for man to be alone?"
Sometimes being a person of faith -- being a person in general -- means putting the needs of another before one's own. Christopher Hitchens neither wants nor needs our prayers. This is hateful to him. The rest is commentary. Go and learn it.
If I had been told that in 2010 a head of state whose country buries women up to their armpits while men throw rocks at their heads would be treated like a visiting rock star, I wouldn't have believed it. How much will Western news agencies whitewash this guy?