We’ve been getting emails about Michel Jackson‘s favorite Jew, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and his latest book, appropriately titled Kosher Jesus for the past several months. (We say “appropriate” only in relation to his last bestseller, Kosher Sex).
And today is the day of its official launch, which will be celebrated over at Trinity Wall Street (a church!) at 6:30 this evening, with the Rabbi sharing a stage with New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman, and Wall Street Journal Foreign Affairs Correspondent Bret Stephens.
This “groundbreaking” book promises to explore the misconception that the chosen people killed Jesus, when in fact, according to the Rabbi’s studies, the Jews actually tried to help Jesus escape and protect him from Herod. From the press release:
Rabbi Shmuley’s research has also conclusively determined that Jews not only did not kill Jesus, they protected him from Herod, as the Luke makes clear. The Romans wanted Jesus dead because of his insurrection against the Emperor. Rabbi Shmuley hopes these realizations will strengthen Jewish-Christian ties and values, with Jesus (historically the barrier separating the two peoples) serving as the bridge between the two faiths, even as he is understood very differently by two great world religions.
So for only $25, get ready for a fun-filled evening of religious debate that won’t be much of a debate at all. We can only hope that the former Oprah guest’s next book will have something to do with cooking, which is the only kashrut advice we’ll be taking from Rabbi Schmuley.