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  • Bibi’s Heckler: To Seize or Not to Seize

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 25, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Halfway through Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday I was confronted by a moral dilemma. A woman protester two seats away from me had infiltrated the speech, pulled out a red anti-Israel flag, and started hurling curses about Israel. The...

  • At AIPAC, Obama’s Jackie Mason Moment

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 23, 2011 | 10:56 am

    President Obama’s speech at AIPAC straddled the line of Jackie Mason standup. It turns out that when the President said last Thursday that Israel should return to its ’67 borders, it wasn’t exactly what he meant. Who said I was referring to 1967. I meant 1867. And even 1867, I...

  • Why powerful men can’t keep their pants on

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 18, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The number of public men destroyed of late through sexual scandals is simply staggering. Within 48 hours of each other we heard that IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who many believed would be the next President of France, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, until a few weeks ago the...

  • Bin Laden’s Burial and Other Religious Frauds

    May 16, 2011 | 11:07 am

    The bizarre burial of Osama bin Laden at sea – an action necessitated by our government’s need to accommodate Islamic law requiring that a Muslim be buried within 24 hours of death – raises urgent questions about the definition of faith in America. Can a mass murderer be said...

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  • Anorexia and the new values of courtship

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 22, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    The New York Times article last week about the explosion of anorexia and eating disorders in the orthodox community highlights a tragedy that has long been buried. About four years ago I published a column about an eighteen-year-old girl my daughter knew at seminary in Jerusalem who...

  • Samantha Power clarifies her comments on Israel

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 11, 2011 | 10:04 am

    In a column last week I shared my disappointment in discovering that one of the people whose thought and books has been a formative influence on my life had been associated with anti-Israel remarks. Samantha Power is arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide. Her 2002...

  • Why more modern orthodox synagogues are taking Chabad Rabbis

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 30, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    The past few weeks I have seen a revolution. On a lecture tour that took me to Sydney, Australia and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, I hardly found a major mainstream synagogue without a Chabad Rabbi. Shules that once swore they would not invite in Chabad are now attracting...

  • Christian love vs. the obligation to hate evil

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 30, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Hearing about a bomb going off in Jerusalem is entirely different when you have two daughters living there. You scramble for your phone. You search out your kids.

    Any potential delay in their answering their cells is painful. You finally get through. Thank God, they’re all right....

  • Christian love versus the obligation to hate evil

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 23, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Hearing about a bomb going off in Jerusalem is entirely different when you have two daughters living there. You scramble for your phone. You search out your kids. Any potential delay in their answering their cells is painful. You finally get through. Thank G-d, they’re alright. But...

  • Portman’s bold attack on an anti-Semite and Huckabee’s untimely critique

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 7, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Just as I was about to write a column praising Natalie Portman for attacking racist John Galliano, along comes Mike Huckabee to attack her as a unmarried-and-pregnant-negative-role-model. There’s a time for everything, Mike. And this was the wrong time. But before I respond to Mr....

  • Obama and the myth of the first black president

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    If Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning African-American novelist, can refer to Bill Clinton, a white man, as America’s first black president, then surely the process can happen in reverse. Is it possible that Barack Obama is not the first black President but just another white...

  • Why Amy Chua, the tiger mom, is wrong

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 21, 2011 | 11:42 am

    The best response thus far to Amy Chua’s screed against the soft, indulged style of American parents, “‘The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” was by David Brooks of the New York Times. Chua decries American parents as wimps who capitulate to their kids. Not Amy. She has...

  • American Malaise

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 3, 2011 | 10:42 am

    America seems to be running out of gas. Lethargy is creeping into the national DNA. We seem beset by problems that we can’t fix and won’t go away.

    First, we’re going broke. With a deficit of $13.9 trillion dollars, every American child is now born saddled with debts of...

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