Jewish Journal

When a Pope needs friends

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

April 26, 2010 | 8:58 am

Since the public announcement of my upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict this Wednesday at the Vatican, courtesy of my friend Gary Krupp, many of my close Jewish friends have expressed not... read on

  • Condemn his report, but welcome Goldstone

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 20, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    I was horrified to hear that there were South African Jews objecting to Judge Richard Goldstone attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah. Blocking a fellow Jew, let alone a grandfather, from a family’s religious celebration because of his opinions on Israel is disgraceful. I recall... read on

  • Does a kosher butcher’s fraud mandate a life sentence?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 16, 2010 | 8:46 am

    At middle age I have come to accept my limitations. Although I like to have an opinion on almost everything, I am conscious of the fact that I am not a legal scholar and do not understand all the complexities of the criminal case against Shalom Rubashkin, the former CEO of... read on

  • A Fallible Pope, an Imperfect Church

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 12, 2010 | 12:17 am

    The only institution worse at PR than Israel is the Catholic Church. Never in my life have I seen such a formidable world power handle a crisis more catastrophically than how the Vatican is handling the current scandal of pedophile priests. And the sad thing is that the weakening of... read on

  • Obama and the Deafening Silence of American Jewry

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 4, 2010 | 6:21 pm

    When it came to protecting the right of the Libyan Ambassador to the UN living immediately next door to me in Englewood, my Democratic Congressman, Steve Rothman, found his voice, issuing a three page press release about a deal he had brokered with the State Department 27 years ago... read on

  • Obama’s Hospitality: A Question of Character

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 29, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    This Monday President Obama hosts his second White House seder in as many years. As a Jewish American I am grateful to the President for highlighting the festival of Jewish emancipation and peoplehood. But given a choice, I would readily forgo the White House Manischewitz in exchange... read on

  • The Tyranny of Perfection

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 26, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    The advent of Passover and Easter, which always fall around the same time, beckons a deeper discussion about one of the principle differences between Judaism and Christianity. In essence it is the difference between a values system based on struggle and a values system based on... read on

  • Why American has no Chief Rabbi

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 15, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    In my eleven years living in England I often observed, as did many others, that Anglo-Jewry lacked the vibrancy and innovation characteristic of American Judaism. The absence of an electrifying sense of Jewishness and communal dynamism was a subject much discussed among the... read on

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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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