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  • Letters to the editor: Mount Athos ethics, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Michelle K. Wolf

    June 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Trojan Horse Tourism

    My late mother-in-law, Betty Lipsman, stood before Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and when asked if she was Jewish, and, with life and death on the line, replied, “Yes.” Marty Kaplan stood before a number of Greek Orthodox priests and monks and when asked if...

  • The Real Reason to Seek Converts

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 11, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I was, briefly, quite pleased when I saw that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had written a blog post in the Jewish Journal called, “Jews should seek converts.” I say “briefly” because I was quite disappointed when I read his reasoning.

    Sadly, his reasons for seeking converts to Judaism...

  • What do Rick Perry, Sean Penn, Sheldon Adelson and Chris Christie have in common?

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 19, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.”

    Sunday night at a gala awards program in...

  • Shmuley Boteach to honor Sean Penn

    March 11, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Who needs another Oscar when you’re about to be crowned the 2014 Champion of Jewish Justice? Not to put words in his mouth or anything, but we’ll bet that was what two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn was saying to his girlfriend Charlize Theron as soon as they stopped “making...

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  • Anti-Israel speakers and Jewish self-hatred

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    The global center of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is, when you think about it, South Africa. BDS, as an attempt to sound more reasonable and less hateful, rarely compares Israel to Nazi Germany, the way, say, arch-anti-Semite Roger Waters of Pink Floyd does....

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    June 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Marilyn Ziering and Placido Domingo meet at Temple Beth Am’s gala honoring the Zierings. Photo by Steve Cohn Photography

    Temple Beth Am honored the Ziering family for its generosity to the Los Angeles Jewish community, Israel, the arts and numerous philanthropic...

  • Polls show Obama won big among Jews. What next?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    On Election Day, President Barack Obama won reelection with 50 percent of the national popular vote. In the Jewish community, support for the President was much greater – about 69 or 70 percent of American Jews, according to two exit polls of Jewish voters released on Nov. 7.

    The...

  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • Adelsons donate to PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s campaign

    August 21, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Casino mogul and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife have contributed to an independent super PAC to support Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s congressional candidacy.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, each gave $250,000 to a new independent super political action committee, the Patriot...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Israel must have a death penalty for terrorists

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 18, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    No Jew, and indeed no decent person in whom there beats a human heart, could fail to be moved to tears by the reunion of Gilad Shalit and his family in Israel. Looking pale from years of being held in a cell and deprived of sunlight, and extremely shy due to years of being denied...

  • 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...

  • To Wed a Daughter, to Sell a Kidney

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 1, 2011 | 11:33 am

    My eldest daughter, Mushki, is engaged and will be married in a few months, G-d willing. I’m surprised at how well I’m taking it given that all my friends had warned me that I would feel like a stranger was stealing her. Luckily, she’s marrying a really great guy who makes her...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • What Israel means to me

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Tovah Feldshuh

    "I love, admire, and will eternally raise money for Israel because I am well aware that she takes bullets for me. She is my life insurance."

    Judd Hirsch

    "It's not easy to understand how a nation can reclaim itself after 5,000 years of banishment, occupation, and...

  • Stop ostracizing the intermarried

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This column would not have been written had its subject not first described himself and his predicament in this week's New York Times magazine.

    Noah Feldman was a brilliant Orthodox Jewish Rhodes scholar who arrived in Oxford in my fourth year as rabbi there in 1992. We quickly hit...

  • Judaism Between the Sheets

    By Diane Arieff

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In these scandalous times, is there anything left to say about sex?

    TV offers us All-Monica all the time. The globally accessible Internet offers its own virtual red-light district. Surrounded by wall-to-wall visuals and 24-hour media blather, we're inundated with sexual information....

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