Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is known for his pro-Israel activism, his support of president-elect Donald Trump, and his books about sex in the Orthodox world. But recently he found himself making a small scene about a completely different issue - the burial of Fidel Castro.
My 50th birthday party in NYC this Sunday 4 December same day as Castro funeral. Seriously? Death of a tyrant not the cause for celebration— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) November 28, 2016
It’s hard to know if Boteach was Tweeting with tongue in cheek. After all the world continues to spin, with good events and bad, even on the day when America’s rabbi is celebrating the big Five-O.
But if he’s serious, we can ease Boteach’s pain by letting him know about events on December 4 that are sure to get him excited to celebrate his birthday.
National Israel Solidarity Day
Unbeknownst to Boteach, if we are judging by his Twitter account, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference(NHCLC), the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), and Hadassah are partnering to sponsor National Israel Solidarity Day.
This will be celebrated in churches across the United States, and Boteach will be proud to know that his birthday celebration is coinciding with this day of solidarity for Israel.
Jay-Z and Fred Armisen Celebrate Birthdays
Though neither of these celebrities are Members of the Tribe, their Jewish connections make us proud to say Mazel Tov and Happy Birthday. Jay-Z gave Jews a shout out in his hit song “Roc Boys,” and considers Israeli producer Lyor Cohen a close friend and mentor.
Likewise, Fred Armisen is best known for his work on Portlandia with Jewish co-star Carrie Brownstein. With Jay-Z celebrating his birthday at the same time as Boteach, the rabbi will be reminded that he may have 99 problems, but Fidel Castro ain’t one.
Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘The Ten Commandments’ premiered in 1923
This Bible-based epic film that celebrates the Jewish fight for freedom happens to have debuted on the same day that Boteach chose to celebrate his birthday. Coincidence? Probably.
But that doesn’t make it any less exciting for Boteach to know that on the day he chose to celebrate his birthday, 93 years prior, Americans across the country were marveling at the Jewish story of freedom.
Shmuley Boteach Is Upset That His Birthday is On the Same Day as Castro’s Burial, Here’s Reasons to Celebrate.
Gabriel Lehrman is a former Social Media Intern at The Forward. Follow him on Twitter @LivefromLehrman.