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Tim Tebow Infiltrates the Secular Cathedral of Sport

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

January 10, 2012 | 11:29 am

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 8. Photo by REUTERS/Marc Piscotty

On CNN a few weeks ago I was asked whether I agree with the sentiment that Tim Tebow’s religious displays in football games are overdone and out-of-place. “Oh yes,” I replied, “it... read on

  • Religious extremists in Israel and how the mainstream must combat it

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 3, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Two forms of religious extremism confronted me last week as lectured in the United Kingdom and launched my book Kosher Jesus at a press conference in Jerusalem. The first was at Limmud where a full one percent of all Jews in Britain gathered for a Jewish studies conference that has... read on

  • Chanukah and How War Should Be Celebrated

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 20, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Chanukah is Judaism’s most universal holiday with deep resonance for all Americans.

    Our great country was founded by refugees who escaped religious persecution in Europe and were prepared to cross an ocean in order to found a colony where they could worship as they chose. Indeed,... read on

  • Christopher Hitchens and the fall of a worthy adversary

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 16, 2011 | 10:28 am

    A journalist friend of mine emailed me at 1am Friday morning to tell me that Christopher Hitchens had died. The news brought with it a deep sadness and I instantly recited the Jewish prayer upon hearing of the passing of a friend, “Blessed is the true Judge.” That instinctive... read on

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  • Unfaithful husbands can still be faithful leaders

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 13, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Can a man who cheats on his wife be trusted with public business?

    In the recent Iowa Republican debate, Governor Rick Perry of Texas attacked Newt Gingrich’s admitted infidelities. “If you will cheat on your wife, if you will cheat on your spouse, then why wouldn’t you cheat on your... read on

  • Are Mormons Any Weirder Than the Rest of Us?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    I have watched with mild amusement as the debate surrounding the beliefs of Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have gained steam. Aren’t the Mormons weird fanatics? Should we trust people who have such strange beliefs with high office?

    This is an interesting question coming from my... read on

  • Ashton, Demi and younger men’s inability to appreciate older women

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 18, 2011 | 11:15 am

    The unfortunate breakup of the marriage between Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher should be of interest even to those who have better things to do with their time than follow mindless Hollywood chatter and celebrity gossip. This relationship was always unique in that it involved an... read on

  • Conrad Murray’s conviction has left everyone else off the hook

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 8, 2011 | 10:53 am

    One can only imagine the sigh of relief on the part of all those who contributed to the death of Michael Jackson. With the conviction of Conrad Murray, there is an official scapegoat and the finger-pointing can now end. We found the culprit. It was Michael’s corrupt physician who... read on

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