Jewish Journal

  • Jews should seek converts

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    On Shavuos we read the story of Ruth, the Moabite convert, who has the most eloquent speech of the entire Bible: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the... read on

  • Pope Francis and the need to confront evil

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 26, 2014 | 10:38 am

    No one can deny that Pope Francis is a man who walks the walk. While many disagree with his neo-socialist world-view, who can feel anything but respect for a world leader who eschews the perks of office to champion the poor and the oppressed. The Pope is also courageously... read on

  • Lessons for Israel-on-campus from Scarlett Johansson

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 3, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Scarlet Johansson has demonstrated tremendous courage in facing down the anti-Israel, double standards of Oxfam and other organizations that trade in condemnation of the Jewish state.  SodaStream, for which Johansson now serves as global brand ambassador, employs 500 Palestinians... read on

  • Bar mitzva in Judea and Samaria

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 14, 2014 | 9:29 am

    We’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha. I have led a number of unforgettable Taglit-Birthright trips. They were inspirational, fun and... read on

  • Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 30, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

    Firstly, Swarthmore’s... read on

  • My family’s terror at the N.J. Garden State Mall

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 5, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I have just finished buying electronics at Best Buy at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey. I have our three young children with me, ages 12, 7 and 5. It is about 9:10 p.m. I have brought the kids with me because, due to the statewide elections the following day, they have no... read on

  • The real Cory Booker

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 10, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    I have met Steve Lonegan. He is a fellow Republican and there are obvious areas of policy agreement. But many things trump party loyalty, with friendship being foremost among them.

    I have known and loved Cory Booker for 21 years. Ever since he walked into our Jewish student... read on

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