Dating secrets of the ten commandments shmuley boteach
The appearances cast Boteach as a post-partisan racial healer, helping him become perhaps the first Orthodox public figure capable of earning celebrity outside tightly conscribed Jewish circles.
But almost as quickly as he found new ways to influence people, Boteach has managed to alienate the friends who brought him his mainstream cachet.
America’s charlatan Boteach's main source of income is the World Values Network, from which he has consistently drawn a six-figure salary.
Until at least 2013, his palatial 12,000-foot stone manor in Englewood, New Jersey served as the charity’s headquarters; the property is now listed on the real estate market for .5 million.
He declared, “it is forbidden for anyone to buy or read this book, or give its author a platform in any way shape or form to discuss this topic,” and concluded that “the book violates basic premises of original and authentic Jewish tradition, thus unavoidably must be rejected for being heretical.”Infuriated by his total castigation, Boteach fired off an op-ed accusing Rabbi Ezra Schochet of running “a Taliban madrassa.” Boteach falsely claimed he was being punished “because I dare to say that gay Jewish men should be encouraged to put on tefillin [phylacteries worn by observant Jews during prayer] and keep the Sabbath as opposed to just being ostracized as an abomination.” Rabbi Yaacov Behrman countered that his students visit men and women regardless of their sexual orientation and are allowed to lead any Jewish male in prayer, even if he is gay.
Behrman concluded about Boteach’s attack on Schochet, “How does the tiny flea dare to rise up against the mighty eagle?
Boteach has also managed to leverage his wide-ranging connections into a gig as a columnist for the New York Observer.
The weekly newspaper is owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, touted by her father as among his closest political advisers.
The former Chief Rabbi of England, Jonathan Sacks, banned Boteach in 1999 from speaking at his West End Synagogue because of financial misconduct at Boteach’s London-based charity, while Rabbi Ezra Schochet, who was Boteach's religious mentor at a Los Angeles Chabad Lubavitcher yeshiva, has proclaimed, “It is totally prohibited and unacceptable for Orthodox Jews to hear someone like Boteach speak, since his views on many issues are against Torah and Halacha (Jewish law).” To the rabbis, Boteach should hardly be considered a rabbi.Almost 16 years later, Boteach still appears to harbor a grudge against Rabbi Sacks, calling him “a failure” in an op-ed and blaming him for “the phenomenal growth of anti-Semitism and attacks against Israel while he was in office, without his joining the battle, [which] rendered his leadership obsolete.”In the Obama era, Boteach's invective and vindictive behavior has repelled Democratic friends, especially Cory Booker. S.-Iran agreement designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Boteach proclaimed he would never “forgive” him.