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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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