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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Homophobia Is Itself an Abomination

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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?"

How the Condom Culture Is Killing Sex

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Living in the abysmal erotic ignorance of believing that sex on-tap will increase our desire, we are experiencing a sexual famine in America.

Don't Pray for Christopher Hitchens

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

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.

Ahmadinejad, Media Rock Star

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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?

As the Economy Crumbles, Obama Makes Middle East Peace

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

our president, encumbered as he is already with the war in Afghanistan and increasing Iraqi violence, feels the need to add to his burden the gargantuan task of Middle-East peace. But whose interest is served in this effort?

When Pastors Who Burn Bibles Become Celebrities

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

How did an attention-seeking nonentity with barely enough Church followers to fill a phone booth become an international personality and provoke a global furor? And who elevated this silly story to global news prominence?

If an American President Were Muslim, Would We Care?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

If Obama were an Islamic president who berated instead of coddled Arab dictators, he would have my vote. I could not care less what a person believes, but rather what they do.

Suicide Bombers in Heaven? Imam Rauf Won't Say No

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In response to the question as to whether suicide bombers go to heaven, Imam Rauf said, "We are taught never to say somebody will go to hell or somebody will go to heaven. It's up to God." Allow me to play G-d for a moment.

When Psycho Flight Attendants Become Heroes

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

What does it really say about American culture that we're prepared to elevate someone who behaves like an out-of-control psycho as a model of how all working stiffs ought to act?

Of'feh-nsive

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

I sat down with Rabbi S and Rabbi M at the kosher pizza place on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem to talk about the recent controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Time Magazine's Bizarre Assault on Large Families

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Not sure whether Americans are becoming more materialistic and self-absorbed? Look no further than Time magazine's recent carnival of narcissism and celebration of selfishness.

Tom Friedman's Soft Spot for Terrorist Fadlallah

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Lest you conclude that Tom Friedman has lost all sense of morality and has lost the ability to condemn murder, he does confess that Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah "had some dark side." Well now, Tom, you don't say. Really?

Gaddafi's Ship to Gaza, and His Ark in New Jersey

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

How is it that Englewood, New Jersey, which has thousands of prominent Jewish residents and an estimated 700 orthodox Jewish families, simply accepts the presence of the Libyan mission to the UN in its midst?

LeBron James and What We Lose When We Win

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Yes, we all want to win, and no, none of us enjoy losing. But the price we're prepared to pay for our victories is that which will determine our essential character. Everywhere you look in sports today character is second to victory.

Al Gore's Moral Confusion

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Why aren't I grateful to Al Gore for highlighting the environment? Simply put, he overdid it. Stopping a rainforest from being decimated is still subordinate to stopping genocide.

Tom Friedman Slanders Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In accusing Israel of the murderous immorality of Syria, Thomas Friedman, in his latest column, has severely compromised his credibility and objectivity as an honest and fair-minded journalist.

My Meeting with Pope Benedict

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The pope drove up the incline and arrived in front of St. Peter's Basilica. The people who were there to meet him sat on both sides of his dais. There were clergymen from all over the world

WaPo 'On Faith': Mourning Michael Jackson

washingtonpost.com | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

This Friday marks one year since the passing of Michael Jackson. His legacy remains highly controversial. On one side there are ardent fans who consid...

When a Pope Needs Friends

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pope Benedict is being kicked to the curb in nearly every part of the world. But I as a Jew do not forget that for all his failures, Benedict has been a great friend to the Jewish community,

Michael Jackson's Life Could Have Been Saved

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

What Michael Jackson needed was not painkillers but counseling, not the numbing of an inner wound through drugs but the awakening of an inner conscience through spiritual guidance.

Condemn His Report, But Welcome Goldstone

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In stupidly shunning people like Judge Goldstone we in the Jewish community are alienating those who need the light of Jewish values most.

Does a Kosher Butcher's Fraud Mandate a Life Sentence?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Rubashkin is no hero. Whatever the nobility of his intentions, he is a poor example to religious youth. His behavior must and should be condemned. But he is no monster either.

The Jewish Channel: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Precluded Himself From Being the Messiah

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Does Jewish tradition allow for the possibility that the Messiah might never know he (or she?) was Messianic?

Is Criticizing Israel Anti-Semitic?

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

Israel acts like a state, not a religion. Criticizing it is not anti-Semitic. To frame it in this way, as Rabbi Shmuley and others have done this week, is intellectually disingenuous at best.

Helen Thomas and Open Season on Jews

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

When Don Imus made racially charged statements against a woman's basketball team, candidate Obama demanded he be fired. Will he do likewise in the case of Helen Thomas? Don't hold your breath.