Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rabbi Immanuel Schochet criticizes Rabbi Shmuly Boteach's book "Kosher J"


Rabbi Boteach's response to the letter



    R' Immanuel Schochet was the rov of the Kielcer kehilla (pronounced Keltzer) in Canada for 40 years before it merged with the Agudah. He is now rov of an alter Lubavitcher kehilla whose oylam are chassidim of the Rebbe before MM. His father was a talmid of Telz in Lita and the rov of Basel Schweiz before the churban and The Hague Holland after the churban.

    R' Immanuel is a mumche on inyanei shmad and writes here that Shmuely Boteach's new book on Yoshka is kefira mamash and enhances the agenda of missionaries.

  2. "R' Immanuel is a mumche on inyanei shmad and writes here that Shmuely Boteach's new book on Yoshka is kefira"

    And Rav Shach has written that the Lubavitcher Rebbeh was a mashiach sheker. I don't see why I should care what R Shochet says anymore than you care what R Shach says. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

  3. See a blog post about the original
    "Kosher Jesus" written by the grandson of R' Chaim Volozhin


  4. Before evaluating any of Boteach's sources, it is clear from this screed that the man is a egomaniac. This after his many public appearances to slobber on microphones and jump in front of cameras shows he has never met a publicity opportunity he didn't like.

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  6. It is refreshing to see the issue about the propriety of reading this work being presented in a halachic sense and based on having read the material.

  7. Eddie don't know what you are adding - I already have a link to Rabbi Boteach's response

  8. Sorry DT, i must have skipped that!

  9. Didn't realize this had been posted. I've left some comments in the post about irrelevant posts.

  10. Recipients and PublicityFebruary 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News:

    "Rabbi Shmuely Boteach Files to Run for Congress

    Self-proclaimed “America’s Rabbi” Boteach has decided “to throw his yarmulke in the ring” and run for Congress – depending on backing.

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    Self-proclaimed “America’s Rabbi” Shmuely Boteach has decided “to throw his yarmulke in the ring” and run for Congress – depending on backing.

    He has filed a “”letter of intent” to run as a Republican in the re-designed ninth district in New Jersey against one of two Democratic party incumbents, Steve Rothman or Bill Pascall, who will be running against each other in the Democratic party primaries this summer.
    Rabbi Boteach told the New Jersey Jewish Standard that he filed to beat the deadline but that leaving his name on the ballot depends on how much money he can raise for an election campaign.

    He is a “celebrity” rabbi with a regular JPost column whose writing has appeared on Arutz Sheva, and he is highly controversial, having written Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy in 1999. His recent book “Kosher Jesus” recently was denounced as “heretical” by prominent Canadian Rabbi Emanuel Schochet, who ruled that “it is forbidden for anyone to buy or read this book,” which he charged it encourages a missionary message.

    Rabbi Boteach defended his book as one that shows Jesus as "a Torah-observant Jew whose mission it was to restore Jewish observance fully among his Jewish brethren and fight Roman persecution." He added that his book "is the ultimate argument against Christian missionaries" because it offers "significant information to argue convincingly against any Christian attempt to evangelize Jews."

    He said he wants to be in Congress in order to demonstrate Jewish values on popular issues, such as abortion and rights of homosexuals, and work to bring down the divorce rate in the United States by making marital counseling a tax deductible expense."


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