Bridging the Political Divide in America - Protecting the US, Improving Education & Antisemitism

wtih Elan Carr, Deputy LA Country District Attorney & Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
790 KABC, March 11, 2017

ailed as one of the world’s most gifted public speakers, Rabbi Shmuley won The London Times Preacher of the Year Award at the Millennium, setting a record for the most points in the competition’s history. He lectures 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. He also hosted 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 currently hosts the TV show Divine Intervention, in which he counsels and brings healing to families and individuals in distress. 

Rabbi Shmuley has authored a number of books including “The Israel Warrior” to critical acclaim. The book is an in-depth study of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the last seven decades and serves as a passionate argument for human rights and liberty in the Middle East.  His book Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life, establishes the seven universal values that can bring healing to an increasingly fractured society.

Rabbi Shmuley has been labeled “a cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and is regularly listed as one of the world’s most influential spiritual voices. In 2012 he was named by The Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world.  The New York Observer calls him “the most famous Orthodox Jew in the world.”  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.  The American Jewish Press Association awarded Rabbi Shmuley its highest award for excellence in commentary for his weekly syndicated column. 

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." The proposal is an extension of The World Values Network, the organization he founded and for which he serves as executive director, and which aims to promote universal Jewish values and defend the State of Israel in American culture via media, politics, the arts, and live events.

As part of The World Values Network, 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 give their children focused time. 

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 Benjamin Netanyahu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prof. Stephen Hawking, Shimon Peres, Deepak Chopra, Elie Wiesel, Yitzchak Shamir, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Simon Wiesenthal, Michael Jackson, Boy George, Leonard Nimoy, and Prof. Colin Blakemore, to name but a few. The organization’s former presidents and members include New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti. 

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 a weekly columnist in The Jerusalem Post, The New York Observer, and The New Jersey Jewish Standard. He is a principal contributor to the home page of The Huffington Post, and makes regular contributions to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other leading publications including Breitbart, The Daily Beast, and The Algemeiner. 

Engaged in such a wide range of endeavors, it is no wonder that wrote, "Boteach has his scholarly finger on the pulse of the nation."