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Last week at Vassar, Max Blumenthal called out Rabbi Shmuley Boteach– who has schooled Senator Cory Booker and UN Ambassador Samantha Power in the ways of Israel support– for issuing the nutty charge that Iran threatens another Holocaust.

After Blumenthal’s comment, I went to Boteach’s prolific twitter feed to find the Iran speech. Boteach calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” and here is one of his pictures from the April 27 rally. The sign says:

“Holocaust Remembrance Day. More than six million reasons to be united against a nuclear Iran.”

 

This is nothing new for Boteach. He was on stage at Yeshiva University last fall when Sheldon Adelson called on Obama to nuke Iran, and has only approved Adelson’s language.

But in getting to the Iran speech, I had to go through a lot of celebrities pictured on Boteach’s twitter feed. Adam reminded me that Boteach has a long history of friendship with celebrities, having been Michael Jackson’s spiritual adviser.

Boteach, Uri Geller, Michael Jackson and Ariel Sharon

Boteach, Uri Geller, Michael Jackson and Ariel Sharon

Here are more recent shots.

First, Boteach befriends the excellent journalist Rod Nordland. Looks like a drive-by shooting.

Say it ain’t so Rod; I can’t believe you are down with Boteach’s program.

Here he is with Alex Rodriguez at the Milken Institute’s global conference in LA from late April.

Sean Penn at the same event:

And then there are a lot of tweets of Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron at conference, photographed by Shmuley Boteach

Charlize Theron at conference, photographed by Shmuley Boteach

I mean a lot. Another:

Another.

Charlize Theron, picture by Shmuley Boteach

Charlize Theron, picture by Shmuley Boteach

 

#milkenconference Charlize Theron: proven fact that kids who stay in school start having sex later pic.twitter.com/1cYIqog9uj — Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) April 30, 2014

 

Charlize Theron, by Shmuley Boteach

Charlize Theron, by Shmuley Boteach

Another.

Charlize Theron, by Shmuley Boteach

Charlize Theron, by Shmuley Boteach

 


She’s got her arms crossed in this one.

Charlize Theron by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Charlize Theron by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I count fifteen tweets/photos of Charlize Theron in all from America’s rabbi. The Milken Conference itself published Theron’s photo, but it found time for pictures of other celebs, Tony Blair, Deepak Chopra, Jerry Brown, Magic Johnson.

Maybe she’s going to run for Senate!

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  1. piotr
    May 10, 2014, 11:46 am

    Milken Institute?

    Wikipedia: Michael Robert Milken (born July 4, 1946) is an American business magnate, financier and philanthropist. He is noted for his role in the development of the market for high-yield bonds (“junk bonds”),[2] for his conviction following a guilty plea on felony charges for violating U.S. securities laws, and for his charitable giving. […] Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison, fined $600 million, and permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. His sentence was later reduced to two years for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and for good behavior.

    A fraud and a rat? Nice that he could fund his institute after paying 0.6 G$ fine. But how it can be treated seriously? What kind of people agree to be photographed with “Milken Institute” background?

  2. seafoid
    May 10, 2014, 11:49 am

    Shmuley is one of those people. They love it when you look at them.

    • Krauss
      May 10, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Can’t believe nobody has yet referenced his unhealthy obsession with Ms. Theron.
      Does he has his walls back home plastered with her pictures? Is she his Justin Bieber?

      • Ellen
        May 10, 2014, 1:14 pm

        It is noted by all, but how much can you say about a creepy chubby middle aged guy that stares like a hungry dog at women. (Watch him in public if you get a chance.)

        This is the same creep that thinks he is not only America’s Rabbi, but also their sex counselor.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2621938/Lust-key-Bibles-famous-marriages-Controversial-rabbi-claims-sex-desire-important-love.html

        Boteach hangs with the circus master Hagee and his money machine, Christians United For Israel. They are both dooms day carnival barkers.

        And they are all about rallying the masses to attack Iran in the name of Christ and for Israel. (Just google their names together with Iran.)

        And our elected politicians seek out the attention and endorsement of these freaks.

      • Sycamores
        May 10, 2014, 2:09 pm

        @ Ellen,

        after perusing the link you supply i’m now convince that Boteach has all the characteristics of a person suffering from very late adolescence. he at the emotional development stage of a teenager. i wonder could this also explain his warmongering?

      • john h
        May 11, 2014, 8:49 pm

        They are indeed freaks. Christians United for Israel are a disgrace to the name they claim, Jesus Christ.

        Chief conductor, or so he thinks, is “circus master Hagee”.

      • eljay
        May 10, 2014, 1:46 pm

        >> Can’t believe nobody has yet referenced his unhealthy obsession with Ms. Theron.

        She’s a stunningly attractive woman and a fine actress. Perhaps his is merely a healthy obsession? :-)

      • Citizen
        May 10, 2014, 4:00 pm

        She also looks like the perfect image of the blonde, blue-eyed shiksa that appears in so many Jewish novels and movies, most notably Philip Roth’s work. Anyway, America’s rabbi was, inter alia, honoring Shawn Penn for rescuing that imprisoned shady Jewish guy in S America–Bolvia, if memory serves. And Shawn’s apparently been dating Charlize, going grocery shopping with her and her little boy; seems the couple were at the last Superbowl together too.

      • Citizen
        May 10, 2014, 4:09 pm

        No BDS for Charlize–she’s bringing an Israeli reality clone show to the US: http://www.israeliconsulatela.org/index.php/he/featured-stories/item/charlize-theron-is-bringing-an-israeli-show-to-us

      • piotr
        May 10, 2014, 7:52 pm

        Exactly. If he could only buy into “make love, no war”.

        By the way, Is Michael Jackson a credit to Boteach as spiritual advisee?

      • traintosiberia
        May 10, 2014, 11:42 pm

        Michael Jackson has a history behind here. He was accused of hurting Jewish sentiment sometimes around same time the scandal about him surfacing. Then there was a meeting. Michael became friend of Zionism onetime following that development.

    • Citizen
      May 10, 2014, 4:32 pm

      @ seafoid
      You mean Shmuley is projecting in the freudian sense here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-shmuley-boteach/what-women-really-want_1_b_5295735.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    • Shingo
      May 11, 2014, 7:50 am

      I can imagine what his home must look like. Walls filled with his pictures with celebs. He’s like a photo bomber.

  3. American
    May 10, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Thats not all that is wrong with Boteach. Is this Judaism?
    The Jews need to kick him to the curb.

    hhtp://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/No-Holds-Barred-Jewish-lust-versus-Christian-love

    No Holds Barred: Jewish lust versus Christian love
    By SHMULEY BOTEACH

    (snips)

    ”While Christianity posits love as the foundation of a relationship, Judaism has always emphasized desire in its place. The principal reason for the breakdown of marriages and relationships is that in modern times they are built not on lust but love.

    Judaism never posits a G-d that is so monolithic as to be described as love. Do you really want a G-d who is all love when it comes to punishing the Nazis for cremating children? Do you want a G-d who is all love when it comes to stopping an al-Qaida terrorist from planting a bomb that will blow up an airplane? Or do you want, at that moment, a just G-d who will cause that terrorist to have a car accident on the way to the plane so he can’t plant his bomb.

    G-d is not love. Rather, He is utterly beyond any emotion or description. At times He is loving and at times He is jealous and punitive, as when he punishes the Egyptians at sea for enslaving and slaughtering an innocent nation. It was Paul of Tarsus, in the New Testament, who famously said, “Love is patient, love is kind… Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

    What an excellent description of the virtue of love – and its limitations!

    This is the perfect description of love as companionship and friendship.
    And if anyone wants to have a romantic relationship based on these warm and cuddly attributes, that’s fine. But while love is warm, lust is passionate.

    While love seeks to share, lust seeks to acquire. While love can be satisfied, lust is utterly insatiable

    So how did we get it so wrong? How did love come to trump lust? Why have we, for centuries, based marriages on the weaker link of love instead of the nuclear bond of erotic desire? To many this would seem a crazy question. Love is everything, right? Even G-d is love? But who said these things and why do we just take it for granted? The source for G-d being love and for marriages being based on love rather than lust is Christianity.

    Its source is not the Hebrew Bible but The New Testament: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). It’s repeated again a few verses later: “And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).

    • libra
      May 10, 2014, 2:34 pm

      @American

      I think the good Rabbi must have looked deep into his own soul to come up with this profundity:

      While love seeks to share, lust seeks to acquire. While love can be satisfied, lust is utterly insatiable

      • Citizen
        May 10, 2014, 4:39 pm

        @ Libra
        I think you’re right. He’s also been saying what all women each really want is a man who lusts after them. He says if they really wanted warmth, instead of passion, unconditional love, not endless lust for them–they’d never leave the parental home. He’s been tweeting his article on the subject.

    • traintosiberia
      May 10, 2014, 2:49 pm

      The Botox Rabbi keeps on changing the moral appearances for self and other for a dime. Even AlQuida help him understand God when the regular torture in West Bank and Gaza fails him even wake up from the consistent and predictable breaks he takes from conscience .

    • traintosiberia
      May 10, 2014, 3:01 pm

      Botox Rabbi should benefit from knowing that God does not distinguish between Al Quida and ” David Nahlawi ” to who all IDF has announced solidarity and allegiance in the wake of the anger and disapproval aroused by the video of the soldier pointing a gun at a child .
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/09/the-israeli-army-rebellion/

    • surewin
      May 10, 2014, 4:19 pm

      Not much of an advertisement for either Boteach or Yahweh.

    • RoHa
      May 10, 2014, 7:44 pm

      “Or do you want, at that moment, a just G-d who will cause that terrorist to have a car accident on the way to the plane so he can’t plant his bomb.”

      What you want isn’t always what you get.

    • LeaNder
      May 11, 2014, 8:26 am

      American, interesting.

      I have to admit that at one point in my studies I got interested in the Christian conception of “God’s love” or agape, below I tell you why. But strictly he seems to mix up two things, at least it feels to me. Apart from simply assuming the Nazis were the result of Christianity, that is.

      I once had a really funny experience in a church. One day I stumbled into mass. I am very interested in church architecture. I sat down, since I didn’t want to disturb further, but in the end got help to flee. ;) The priest talked about love. There were very few people, all of them women. And then something odd happened. In the center aisle a woman pushing her prom in front of her left the church, head down, since she had to tried hard to suppress exploding with laughter on her way out. It left a noise trace in the air. At the same time in the left aisle an old woman with a walking stick headed towards the exist too. She got up only seconds after the mom. Her stick made clack, clack, clack and while she walked out she kept muttering. It’s cold in here, it’s cold in here.

      But something else comes to mind that sent me on a intellectual excursion around the same time or maybe slightly later.

      In literary science there was an absolutely unquestioned basic assumption. Shakespeare studies, I guess. The troubadours created the idea of romantic love, love hadn’t existed before as any type of idealization. This really puzzled me, not only did feel it very unlikely, it also had to ignore a huge amount of really old literature. Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)? Plato? Anyone? what about the really early romance traditions in Alexandria?

      Strictly I would recommend sex Rabbi Boteach a look at the publication of a Swedish Protestant theologian Anders Nygren: Eros and Agape. He traces the Greek influence in the early Catholic church. Remember they all spoke the Greek Koine at the time. Its obvious the early Church Fathers were well verse in the Greek mental universe.

      Irving Singer and his The Nature of Love series or the Philosophy of Love may also help:

      Singer recounts his interpretation of Plato’s sense of love as a striving toward the Good, starting with overindulgence in sex (to purge oneself of these more earthly desires) and proceeding from there in stages toward the ultimate goal in life, full perception of the Good. His treatment here differs in focus, though not ultimately in substance, from his treatment of the same ideas in The Nature of Love. Since he sees the Platonic journey from “primordial” love of carnal and sensual pleasures to intellectual and spiritual love of the Good as “the most fertile and powerful single body of thought on love that anyone has ever created throughout Western civilization,” his presentation of Plato’s ideas is one of the longest and most sustained in the book, a total of six pages.

      I have no doubt one can make a lot of money with this type of knowledge. Even more if one sells a product that hardly need selling. I don’t have much love for this type of rabbis or priests.

    • LeaNder
      May 11, 2014, 9:45 am

      American, the review of Boteach’s Koscher Jesus on Amazon.com by Rabbi Eli Cohen is quite interesting. You have to scroll down slightly. I agree concerning Paul, but that is a different matter. I have no idea about it, but I think there is an academic debate on a split in the four gospels. But so far had no time to look into it more closely…

      For some time now, I am worried about a Jewish Canadian web friend, his email does not work anymore and the latest trace on the web is last August/September. I still hope he will finish is The Metaphysics of Hate, and simply decided to not be disturbed by whoever, including me. But he once told me, he considers whatever attempts in the direction of something like Judeo-Christianity as extremely right-wing. I guess Rabbi Cohen senses the same thing. But as Candian he is a multiculturalist versus the American melting pot idea, which occasionally looks at multiculturalism with disdain. But yes, always feels slightly right to me too.

      The point is not merging, but learning live with and accept difference. Maybe that is the basis “Rabbi” Boteach does not quite understand?

    • john h
      May 11, 2014, 9:27 pm

      “The principal reason for the breakdown of marriages and relationships is that in modern times they are built not on lust but love”.

      Talk about turning things upside down. The mind boggles.

      G-d has always been love.

      “Yet Zion says, ‘The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us’.

      Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?

      But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

      See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands; Your walls are continually before Me”. Isaiah 49:15-16

    • john h
      May 11, 2014, 10:06 pm

      “Even G-d is love? But who said these things and why do we just take it for granted? The source for G-d being love and for marriages being based on love rather than lust is Christianity. Its source is not the Hebrew Bible but The New Testament”.

      Not so, it is already there in the Tanakh.

      Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
      for his steadfast love endures forever!
      Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Psalm 118:1-4

      “At the same time, said the LORD, will I be the G-d of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus said the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

      The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you”.
      Jeremiah 31:1-3

  4. LeaNder
    May 10, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Rabbi Shmuley is America’s Rabbi

    For the first time in history we are witnessing the mainstreaming of Jewish ideas, Jewish values, Jewish personalities, and Jewish culture in the American media. Slowly but surely, Jewish values are sculpting and molding the mainstream culture. Rabbi Shmuley is at the forefront of that movement, to help educate and evolve with the masses.

    Yes, I guess it suggests power, to pretend to stand or speak for a group.

    ‘View With Favor’by TOM SEGEV, NYT August 20, 2010.

    Chaim Weizmann, the leading spokesman for Zionism in Britain, must have felt ill at ease when he entered those awesome corridors of power. A Russian-born chemist, he began to solicit support among the British soon after he settled in Manchester in 1904. He could hardly speak English in those days: his first contacts with British officials were conducted in French. But if he was taken aback by the snobbery and coolness that awaited him at Whitehall, he made sure to conceal his uneasiness, acting as if he commanded an almost omnipotent power: world Jewry. The British believed he did.

    Obviously there was no “Jewish power” controlling world affairs, but Weizmann successfully pretended that the Jews were in fact turning the wheels of history. For once, the anti-Semitic image of the Jews proved useful — they were believed to be so maliciously dangerous that one would do best to acquire them as allies rather than as enemies.

  5. Kay24
    May 10, 2014, 12:43 pm

    He is a disgrace. To politicize the Holocaust, and link it to war mongering with Iran is despicable. He is a zionist in American clothing. Why is he inciting people by going against what the President is doing – trying to make an agreement with Iran, in an effort to avoid a war with them? Iran so far has been cooperative with the UN, and the nations involved in these negotiations, which puts Israel and it’s refusal to cooperate with the US, and make a peace agreement with those they occupy, look very bad. Boteach is behaving like a rabble rouser with ulterior motives. To think they call themselves Americans, and live here, while doing the bidding of an alien nation, is unbelievable .
    It is ironic that Israel stifles peaceful protests and free speech when it comes to the Palestinians, but take full advantage of our constitution, to make servants like Boteach do his bit of war mongering.

  6. Les
    May 10, 2014, 12:49 pm

    The failure of the celebrity loaded US “Journalism” to report on the Palestinian victims of Israel’s apartheid is currently being matched by its failure to cover the victimization of protestors by the government of Ukraine including its neo-Nazi civilian stormtrooper allies.

  7. Ismail
    May 10, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Boteach, Geller, Jackson and Sharon; was that pic Photoshopped, or did such a superfecta of mendacity, sleaze and corruption actually coincide in meatspace?

  8. Taxi
    May 10, 2014, 1:52 pm

    “…hoovers celebrities”

    In Los Angeles we call people like that star f*ckers.

  9. traintosiberia
    May 10, 2014, 2:40 pm

    ,http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4517536,00.html

    Ex-atomic agency chief: Netanyahu using scare tactics on Iran nuclear program

    Brigadier General (res.) Uzi Eilam, who for a decade headed the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, does not believe that Tehran is even close to having a bomb, if that is even what it really aspires to.
    ,”The Iranian nuclear program will only be operational in another 10 years,” declares Eilam, a senior official in Israel’s atomic program. “Even so, I am not sure that Iran wants the bomb.”

  10. seafoid
    May 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

    The notion of the “celebrity rabbi” is very much in tune with the Zeitgeist.
    And he’s a celebrity style rabbi- all style, no substance.

  11. MHughes976
    May 10, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Not sure that I like the style.

  12. Pamela Olson
    May 10, 2014, 3:48 pm

    What a sleazy little star f***ing weirdo. If he wasn’t a seemingly powerful warmonger who kisses all the right butts, it’d just be kind of adorable, in a queasy kind of way.

    Charlize Theron is pretty hot, though. Still, just for my own reputation as a sober adult, I’d probably gawk at someone else’s pics of her rather than post a bajillion of my own…

    • Ismail
      May 10, 2014, 5:16 pm

      Pretty hot? Yeah, and Einstein was kinda sharp.

    • piotr
      May 11, 2014, 10:32 pm

      I am not sure if Shmuley has a reputation of a sober adult to maintain, if he were more cute I would call him an airhead*, but shouldn’t he try to maintain the forbearance of Mrs. Boteach?


      to non-English speakers, Webster provides this definition: airheada base secured in enemy territory where supplies and troops can be received and evacuated by air, but Urban Dictionary provides a different meaning.

  13. radii
    May 11, 2014, 1:24 am

    Shmuley Boteach: Self-Aggrandizing Clown for Hire

    Who’s your daddy, and uncle, and nephew?

  14. Shingo
    May 11, 2014, 7:52 am

    Someone needs to confront Boatech with this recent expose.

    Israeli nuclear expert: Netanyahu using Iran threat for political gain

    Ex-head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission says Iran is at least a decade from a nuclear bomb, doubts whether Tehran even wants a nuclear weapon.
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.589534

  15. Woody Tanaka
    May 11, 2014, 12:55 pm

    “And then there are a lot of tweets of Charlize Theron.”

    Okay, So I don’t disagree with Mr. Boteach about everything…

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