Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” whom The Jerusalem Post lists as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world, whom The Guardian calls a "leading American thinker," and whom The New York Observer calls “the best-known Orthodox Jew in the world,” is one of the world’s leading values and spirituality exponents and relationship experts. His 29 books have been best-sellers throughout the world and have been translated into 20 languages. Rabbi Shmuley regularly appears in global TV, radio, and print media.
Rabbi Shmuley is founder of This World: The Values Network, an international organization dedicated to advancing universal Jewish values in the media and culture, and to affirming the Jewish people as a light unto the nations. This World regularly hosts world leaders and personalities debating and discussing the great values issues of our time before audiences of thousands.
Hailed as one of the world’s most gifted public speakers, he won The London Times Preacher of the Year Award at the Millennium, setting a record for points in the competition, and speaks regularly in the United States, Europe, Israel, Australia, South Africa, and Asia. He served as host of the award-winning national TV show, Shalom in the Home on TLC, and The Shmuley Show on the Oprah and Friends radio network and on 770 WABC in NYC, the most listened-to radio station in America.
He recently published a monumental work on the nature of tragedy and suffering called The Fed-Up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering, which itself followed a 10-year project entitled Kosher Jesus, which Publisher’s Weekly called an “informed and cogent primer on Jesus of Nazareth…. a brave stab at re-evaluating Jesus through an intensive look at the New Testament and historical documents… and a well-researched analysis that will certainly reopen intrafaith and interfaith dialogue.”
In 2009 Rabbi Shmuley published The Michael Jackson Tapes (Perseus Books), which the entertainer and Rabbi Shmuley recorded for publication to examine the effects of celebrity on life. Before that Rabbi Shmuley published Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life, which establishes the seven universal Jewish values that can bring healing to modern society. His book Kosher Sex was an international blockbuster and is widely regarded as a modern classic and one of the most important relationship books of the past decades. His recent books on the American family, Parenting With Fire and Ten Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children were both launched on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in October, 2011 he published Ten Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself which has appeared in translations from Western Europe to Korea.
Rabbi Shmuley has been labeled “a cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and is regularly listed as one of the ten most influential rabbis in the United States. Rabbi Shmuley was honored by The National Fatherhood Initiative, receiving their most prestigious award for his efforts on Shalom in the Home to promote the importance of an involved father in the contemporary family. Rabbi Shmuley has also been named by Talkers Magazine as one of the hundred most important radio hosts in America.
Rabbi Shmuley publishes two weekly syndicated columns for which he was awarded The American Jewish Press Association's highest award for excellence in commentary.
In 2008, Rabbi Shmuley became one of five finalists for Brandeis University’s Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation for his proposal Bringing Judaism Into The Mainstream.
As part of This World, in 2008 Rabbi Shmuley launched the national family dinner initiative Turn Friday Night Into Family Night which has garnered support from every corner of American society and which features television PSA’s of leading celebrities and political personalities asking parents to sign up.
Rabbi Shmuley first came to world attention through his founding of the Oxford University L'Chaim Society, an organization of Oxford students that within three years of its founding in 1988 had become the second largest student organization in Oxford 's history. At the University, where Rabbi Shmuley served as Rabbi to the students for eleven years, he played host to, and debated, some of the world's leading thinkers, statesmen, and entertainers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Professor Stephen Hawking, Shimon Peres, Deepak Chopra, Benjamin Netanyahu, Elie Wiesel, Yitzchak Shamir, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Simon Wiesenthal, and Prof. Colin Blakemore, to name but a few. The organization’s former presidents and members include Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, and David Slager, the renowned hedge fund manager and philanthropist.
Hailed by Dennis Prager as 'possessing one of the most fertile minds of our generation,' Rabbi Shmuley’s best-selling books including Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge; Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments; Face Your Fear; the critically-acclaimed Judaism for Everyone, which many Jewish publications chose as their book of the year; The Private Adam, his critique of modern celebrity culture, and his review of Oxford’s history and life, Moses of Oxford , Vols. I & II. His book Why Can't I Fall in Love was a finalist for the 2002 Books for a Better Life Award, and in April 2005 Rabbi Shmuley published Hating Women: America 's Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex. In 2007, Rabbi Shmuley published his monumental study of American masculinity, The Broken American Male and How to Fix Him. In 2009 he published The Kosher Sutra which quickly became a best-seller. In January 2014 he will publish Kosher Lust.
Many of Rabbi Shmuley's books have been serialized in major international publications and have been translated into languages ranging from Japanese, Thai, Czech, Chinese, and Italian, to Dutch, German, Russian, Korean, and French.
Rabbi Shmuley is one of America’s most sought-after television and radio guests, having appeared on shows ranging from Oprah to The Today Show to The View to Dr. Phil to The O'Reilley Factor to Good Morning America, and nearly everything in between, including regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He was also the subject of a full-length BBC documentary, Moses of Oxford. He has been profiled in many of the world's leading publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The London Times, The L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, Politico, The New York Observer and The Washington Post.
Rabbi Shmuley is one of the principal contributors to the home page of The Huffington Post, is a weekly columnist in The Jerusalem Post and The New Jersey Jewish Standard, and has also been published in The Wall St Journal, The Washington Post, and many other leading publications.
Engaged in such a wide range of endeavors, it is no wonder that Salon.com wrote that "Boteach has his scholarly finger on the pulse of the nation."
Rabbi Shmuley is married to his Australian wife, Debbie, and they have nine children and one grandchild.
Books by Rabbi Shmuley
- Fed-Up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering (Gefen Jan 2013)
- Kosher Jesus (Gefen January, 2012)
- The Modern Guide to Judaism (Overlook, 2012)
- Ten Conversations You Need to have With Yourself (Wiley, 2011)
- Honoring the Child Spirit: Inspiration and Learning from Our Children (Vanguard, 2010)
- Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life (Basic Books, 2010)
- The Michael Jackson Tapes (Perseus Books, 2009)
- The Blessing of Enough (Sony, 2009)
- The Kosher Sutra (HarperOne, 2009)
- The Broken American Male, And How to Fix Him (St. Martin’s Press, 2008)
- Shalom in the Home (Meredith Books, 2007)
- Parenting with Fire: Lighting up the Family With Passion and Inspiration (Penguin Press, 2006)
- 10 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children (HarperCollins, 2006)
- Hating Women: America’s Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex (HarperCollins, 2005)
- Face Your Fear: Living with Courage in an Age of Caution (St. Martin’s Press, 2004)
- The Private Adam: Becoming a Hero in a Selfish Age (HarperCollins, 2003)
- Judaism For Everyone: Renewing Your Life Through the Vibrant Lessons of the Jewish Faith (Basic Books, 2002)
- Kosher Adultery: Seduce and Sin with your Spouse (Adams Media, 2002)
- Why Can’t I Fall in Love?: A 12-Step Program (HarperCollins, 2001)
- The Psychic and the Rabbi: A Remarkable Correspondence (Sourcebooks, 2001)
- An Intelligent Person's Guide to Judaism (Duckworth, October 2000)
- Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments (Broadway, 2000)
- Kosher Emotions (Hodder & Stoughton, 2000)
- Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy (Doubleday) 1999)
- Wrestling with the Divine (Jason Aronson, 1995)
- Moses of Oxford: A Jewish Vision of a University and Its Life, Volumes One and Two (Andre Deutsch, 1994)
- Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge (Jason Aronson, 1993)
- The Wolf Shall Lie with the Lamb (Jason Aronson, 1993)
- Dreams (Bash Publications, 1991)