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  • Bin Laden’s Burial and Other Religious Frauds

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 16, 2011 | 11:07 am

    The bizarre burial of Osama bin Laden at sea – an action necessitated by our government’s need to accommodate Islamic law requiring that a Muslim be buried within 24 hours of death – raises urgent questions about the definition of faith in America. Can a mass murderer be said... read on

  • Atheist Chaplains and the Church of Evolution

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 29, 2011 | 10:06 am

    The report in The New York Times that atheists are looking for official recognition as chaplains in the US military in order to cater to the needs of non-believing servicemen is interesting.

    On the one hand, it’s kind of absurd. Atheist chaplains? It’s a contradiction in terms.... read on

  • Samantha Power clarifies her comments on Israel

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 11, 2011 | 10:04 am

    In a column last week I shared my disappointment in discovering that one of the people whose thought and books has been a formative influence on my life had been associated with anti-Israel remarks. Samantha Power is arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide. Her 2002... read on

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  • Christian love versus the obligation to hate evil

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 23, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Hearing about a bomb going off in Jerusalem is entirely different when you have two daughters living there. You scramble for your phone. You search out your kids. Any potential delay in their answering their cells is painful. You finally get through. Thank G-d, they’re alright. But... read on

  • Portman’s bold attack on an anti-Semite and Huckabee’s untimely critique

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 7, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Just as I was about to write a column praising Natalie Portman for attacking racist John Galliano, along comes Mike Huckabee to attack her as a unmarried-and-pregnant-negative-role-model. There’s a time for everything, Mike. And this was the wrong time. But before I respond to Mr.... read on

  • Obama and the myth of the first black president

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    If Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning African-American novelist, can refer to Bill Clinton, a white man, as America’s first black president, then surely the process can happen in reverse. Is it possible that Barack Obama is not the first black President but just another white... read on

  • Why Amy Chua, the tiger mom, is wrong

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 21, 2011 | 11:42 am

    The best response thus far to Amy Chua’s screed against the soft, indulged style of American parents, “‘The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” was by David Brooks of the New York Times. Chua decries American parents as wimps who capitulate to their kids. Not Amy. She has... read on

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