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  • 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...

  • Prime Minister Netanyahu tells me daughter, an Israeli soldier, protects America too

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 6, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    Last night I was blessed to win the Republican primary in New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District and will face Congressman Bill Pascrell in the general election in the fall. As fortune would have it I was in Israel on the day of the primary for the wedding of my wife’s baby...

  • An Ungrateful Karzai Calls American Troops Demons

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 19, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Hamid Karzai recently called the brave and selfless members of the United States military ‘demons’ who were guilty of perhaps ‘500’ atrocities against the people of the Afghanistan. One would have thought that the American Commander-in-Chief would swiftly denounce this stunning act...

  • Why B’nai Brith Canada Defended Michael Coren’s Anti-Semitism

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 5, 2012 | 11:54 am

    B’nai Brith Canada is an organization whose stated purpose it is, like our excellent Anti-Defamation League here in the United States, to defend Jews against attack. It’s run by Frank Dimant whom I only ever met over the phone and who appears to be a gentleman. But that begs the...

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  • Jews Must Demand a Relationship of Full Equality with Christianity

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2012 | 10:41 am

    My much-publicized dispute with Canadian TV host Michael Coren last week taught me valuable lessons about the Jewish community and the new relationship with our Christian brothers and sisters.

    For those of you who missed it, I was invited on to Coren’s Sun TV show to promote my...

  • Is Jesus really Kosher?

    February 24, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Shmuley Boteach’s “Kosher Jesus” (Jerusalem and New York: Gefen, 2011) is a bold attempt by a person of great ability with no formal training in New Testament studies or the study of Second Temple Judaism to present a Jewish treatment of the founder of Christianity, his...

  • Canadian TV Host Insinuates to Rabbi Shmuley Jews Control Hollywood [VIDEO]

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 23, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Today I had what was probably the most unpleasant TV interview of my life on Canada’s Sun News Network (national). Interviewed by host Michael Coren about my book Kosher Jesus, I expected to be asked about the book’s content. The interview started that way. But then Coren quickly...

  • A Jesus even Jews can love?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 9, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has been accused of nothing less than apostasy by at least one of his fellow rabbis, all thanks to his newly published book, “Kosher Jesus” (Gefen Publishing House: $26). And I am confident some Evangelical Christians will reach the same conclusion if only...

  • Opinion: I’ll send every Chabad emissay on Earth a Copy of Kosher Jesus

    January 17, 2012 | 10:14 am

    When Rabbi Shmuley Boteach approached me to read the manuscript of his newly published book Kosher Jesus, I was reticent and even a bit cautious given the massive and diverse audience of people that would likely be affected by his unique perspective on the subject of Jesus. Upon...

  • 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...

  • The rebellious man of faith

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 13, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The patriarch Jacob, my namesake (Jacob Shmuel) of whom we have read the past few weeks in the Bible, is the most maligned of all the patriarchs. He is the one whom non-Jews can do without. The Christians claim to have been grafted onto the seed of Abraham and the Muslims make equal...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Can Obama be trusted on Israel?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 10, 2011 | 11:23 am

    This past Sunday night I conducted a conversation between Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader and highest -ranking Jewish elected official in American history Birthright Israel co-founder and Jewish mega-philanthropist Michael Steinhardt on how universal Jewish values can be used...

  • Resurrection of the American Undead

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 26, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    A Universal Rosh Hashana Message

    As a child growing up in America the only time I heard about vampires was once every ten years or so with the inevitable Dracula movie remake. Today, however, vampires and flesh-eating zombies dominate movies and books, especially those aimed at...

  • Dear Gov. Perry: Instill Christian values with some Jewish ones

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 21, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    Dear Gov. Perry,

    You are a man who speaks his mind, which is rare in a politician and is a quality that I admire. I’m also grateful to you for your staunch support for Israel, which is no doubt influenced by your strong Christian faith.

    I would like, however, to respectfully...

  • America’s Growing Rage Against Tone-Deaf Government

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 19, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    It is not just the Arabs who are having their spring. Here in the United States Americans are calling their government to account like never before.

    Driving to JFK airport early this morning for a flight to Los Angeles I discovered that the cost to cross the George Washington...

  • Was G-d at Ground Zero?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 12, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    I visited Ground Zero at midnight on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and felt myself transported, as if by a time machine, back to that terrible day that changed America forever. An eerie stillness hung over the site, reminiscent of a visit to a cemetery, an apt description for a place...

  • Bringing Gadhafi’s western collaborators to justice

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 24, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    The 270 victims of Pan Am Flight 103 can rest easier now that their murderer has been toppled from power. And even as the world searches for Gadhafi’s whereabouts, a day of reckoning must arrive for all the Westerners who supported him and kept him in power.

    For decades, the world...

  • Decline and Fall of British Spirituality

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 18, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Who is a responsible for the moral rot that has set in Britain? The police are blaming the youth for being hooligans, as if young people are supposed to learn values on their own when almost half are growing on the streets without fathers. The politicians are blaming a culture of...

  • Rebirthing birthright

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 17, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Birthright Israel is now 11 years old and has brought some 300,000 young Jews to Israel. I recently led another Birthright trip for Mayanot, one of its best and most professional providers, and learned a great deal about how a spectacular program could be made even better.

    I knew of...

  • When murdering children becomes everyday news

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 27, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A funny thing happened to me as I surveyed all the tragedies that have filled our newspapers over the past few weeks. I discovered that I was slowly becoming inured to the murder of children and the loss of human life.

    From the freeing of Casey Anthony who partied while her daughter...

  • Surrounded by Christians who love Israel

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 21, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    The Christians United for Israel dinner in Washington, DC was an experience I won’t quickly forget. Until you sit in a room with five thousand Christian lovers of Israel and absorb their enthusiasm for the Jewish state and the Jewish people you would be hard pressed to think it...

  • Knee-Deep in the Blood-Soaked Battlefields of Europe

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 11, 2011 | 10:29 am

    The two sides of war – useless carnage on the one hand, necessary bravery and heroism on the other – were always in evidence as I toured with my wife and older children the WWI and WWII battlefields of Belgium and France.

    In Flanders and at the Somme, where millions of soldiers...

  • The tabloidization of Britain

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 8, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Ten years ago I tried to extract Michael Jackson from the hell of a tabloid life. Nothing hurt him more than being referred to as Wacko Jacko, something he always told me originated in the British tabloids. And it is worth mentioning, now that we have commemorated the second...

  • Korach: The Spiritual Narcissist

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 24, 2011 | 10:37 am

    This week’s Torah reading deals with the rebellion of Korach, a cousin of Moses, who contends that he is just as deserving of leadership as the great lawgiver. Korach claims that Moses has usurped power for reasons of self-aggrandizement. Moses, whom the Bible declares to be the...

  • Why Powerful Men Like Anthony Weiner Self-Destruct

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 13, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Anthony Weiner should resign, but not for the reasons you think. True, he has disgraced his office and broken the people’s trust. And yet we’re well aware of how many public servants are deeply flawed with out-of-control libidos, yet do a lot of good for the people. Just because...

  • Did Anthony Weiner Want to Get Caught?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 6, 2011 | 9:58 pm

    When I wrote a column last week calling Anthony Weiner yet another Broken American Male who needs to feel attractive to women in order to feel whole, one of the outlets that publishes my columns refused to publish without significant changes. “It sounds like you’re making the...

  • Anthony Weiner and Healing The Broken American Male

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 3, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Whether or not Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his, um, inspired state to a woman not his wife is of less interest to the public than his policies and hyper-partisanship. The real question for Joe Public about politicians like Weiner is whether or not they are good for the country...

  • Beaches Belong to the People, Even in Greenwich

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    It was a sweltering Memorial Day in the New York area so I drove with my kids to Greenwich, Connecticut ,which I was told had beautiful beaches. I was somewhat reluctant to go because I had read that Greenwich makes it difficult for outsiders to use their parks and beaches. But I had...

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