Shmuley Boteach

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was a skilled and acerbic debater whose intellect always shined through. Take it from Shmuley Boteach, one of his regular sparring partners.

Charismatic Leadership: The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, pictured here in the 1970s, built a movement that stretched around the globe.

The Great (and Imperfect) Hope That Is Chabad

Back when I was serving as a Chabad emissary at Oxford University, the great British philosopher Isaiah Berlin, who had befriended me, once told me that while he admired my work bringing Jewish students closer to their tradition, he was utterly opposed to the large menorah I erected in the city center each year. “My cousin” — by which he meant his relative, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson — “is a missionary. But this is not our country, and we have no right to impose our religion on its citizens.” Sir Isaiah was voicing the discomfort felt by some with Chabad’s high-profile Jewish outreach.

Take Time To Treasure The Holy Moments of The Silenced Machine

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to forget his movie career and focus instead on his untested abilities as governor. But to me the “Terminator” movies are far more realistic than the surrealism of California politics. Mankind has indeed fought a battle against machines and lost so decisively that we have become machines ourselves. We are a

The Enduring Relevance of Black-Jewish Relations

The recent conviction of Lemrick Nelson in the stabbing of Yankel Rosenbaum, the final spectacle of the Crown Heights riots of 1991, has been described by some as not just the nadir but the effective end of the alliance between blacks and Jews.Observers such as Samuel Freedman, associate dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, are arguing