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Rebirthing birthright

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

August 17, 2011 | 10:55 am

Birthright Israel is now 11 years old and has brought some 300,000 young Jews to Israel. I recently led another Birthright trip for Mayanot, one of its best and most professional providers,... read on

  • How Israel is Blowing the Arab Spring

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 8, 2011 | 11:25 am

    I am currently in Israel leading a Birthright trip where the consumption of alcohol by the participants is largely discouraged. It’s a policy that Israel should perhaps enforce among its members of Parliament because whatever Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has been drinking lately,... read on

  • To Wed a Daughter, to Sell a Kidney

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 1, 2011 | 11:33 am

    My eldest daughter, Mushki, is engaged and will be married in a few months, G-d willing. I’m surprised at how well I’m taking it given that all my friends had warned me that I would feel like a stranger was stealing her. Luckily, she’s marrying a really great guy who makes her... read on

  • When murdering children becomes everyday news

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 27, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A funny thing happened to me as I surveyed all the tragedies that have filled our newspapers over the past few weeks. I discovered that I was slowly becoming inured to the murder of children and the loss of human life.

    From the freeing of Casey Anthony who partied while her daughter... read on

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  • Surrounded by Christians who love Israel

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 21, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    The Christians United for Israel dinner in Washington, DC was an experience I won’t quickly forget. Until you sit in a room with five thousand Christian lovers of Israel and absorb their enthusiasm for the Jewish state and the Jewish people you would be hard pressed to think it... read on

  • The Demonization of Eric Cantor

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 19, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    Attacks on Eric Cantor are gaining steam. Harry Reid called him childish. Many in the media have portrayed him as the obstinate Republican who will destroy American credit by blocking a deal on raising the debt ceiling. But for those of us who feel constantly ripped off by a... read on

  • The Butchering of 8-Year-Old Leiby Kletsky

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 14, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    There are three reasons Hassidic Jews live together in tight-knit and often insular communities. The first is shared values. The second, a strong support network and security in number. And the third is a desire to filter out some of the corrosive elements of outside society from... read on

  • Knee-Deep in the Blood-Soaked Battlefields of Europe

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 11, 2011 | 10:29 am

    The two sides of war – useless carnage on the one hand, necessary bravery and heroism on the other – were always in evidence as I toured with my wife and older children the WWI and WWII battlefields of Belgium and France.

    In Flanders and at the Somme, where millions of soldiers... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” whom The Jerusalem Post lists as one of the...

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