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  • Is a Giant Mosque at Ground Zero Justified?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 17, 2010 | 11:33 am

    Tempers are heating up in the New York City area over the plans by the American Society for Muslim Advancement and another Islamic group known as the Cordoba Initiative to build a $100 million, 13-story, Islamic cultural center and mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero. And if that... read on

  • Open Letter to J-Street after their Attack on Elie Wiesel

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 10, 2010 | 10:31 am

    Pity Jeremy Ben-Ami, the hapless head of J-Street, the we-condemn-Israel-constantly-because-of-how-much-we-love-it lobby.

    In the recent tension between the Obama Administration and the Jewish state over Jews building in Jerusalem, the pro-Israel camp was represented by Elie Wiesel... read on

  • My Meeting with Pope Benedict

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 28, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    I had my meeting with the Pope today at his Wednesday audience. Let me first give you an idea of the setting.

    There were approximately fifteen thousand people from all over the world gathered in St. Peter’s Square speaking an untold number of languages. The sun shone very... read on

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  • 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 approval but disappointment. ‘They blamed the pedophile priest scandal on Jews and compared... 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

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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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