Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is “America’s rabbi,” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous rabbi in America,” and is the international best-selling author of 31 books including his most recent, The Israel Warrior’s Handbook. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley
By Shmuley Boteach
Caitlyn Jenner Is A Champion For Israel — And Jewish Values
The foremost goal of Israel’s enemies is to defame, delegitimize, and destroy the Jewish state. They seek to make Israel hated by the world with false accusations of human-rights abuses when precisely the opposite is true. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and the only country with full religious and press freedoms…
David Friedman’s Critics Are Wrong — Here’s Why
Is it possible to be too pro-Israel for some Jews? Apparently, it is – given the hyperventilated response to President-elect Trump’s nomination of David Friedman to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. I understand that Friedman has made some remarks that do not comport with the views of many on the opposite end of…
Remembering Christopher Hitchens
A journalist friend of mine emailed me at 1 am 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 religious action captured the paradox…
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…
Bintel Brief: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Answers Your Questions
With books like “Kosher Sex,” “Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments” and “Judaism for Everyone” and his television series “Shalom in the Home” on The Learning Channel, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has brought an unabashedly Jewish perspective on family life and relationships to a popular audience. For the next month, he’ll be giving our readers some…
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…
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אַ ייִדישער שרײַבער פֿאַרכאַפּט פֿון די רוסישע פּויערים וואָס האָבן געוואָלט ווערן ייִדן A Yiddish writer fascinated by a sect of Russian peasants that wanted to be Jewish
די רוסישע סטעפּ־פּויערעם האָבן זיך גערופֿן „סובאָטניקעס“, אַ נאָמען פֿאַרבונדן מיטן וואָרט „שבת“
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Jewish Deli and Yiddish Cooking in a TikTok World
Tue., Feb. 27, 2024 • 1 P.M. ET
Today many young people are creating and sharing short cooking videos through social media channels like TikTok. For Jews from non-traditional or non-religious backgrounds this has become a fun way to engage with their Jewish identity.
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