Last Thursday, with just six days left to his election, Cory Booker reached out to me in the morning with very sad news. His father Cary, whom I had known for more than two decades, had passed away. Cory was exceptionally close to his father. How he found the strength to go through professional engagements prior to the world discovering the depth of his loss is beyond me.
The Eight-Day Week
On Sunday, I joined with my wife, Miriam, and my dear friend and partner in Birthright Israel, Michael Steinhardt, to welcome to Cooper Union the two people in the world most closely identified with standing up to genocide: Professor Elie Wiesel and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Seventy years ago in Europe, my people, the Read More
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has tirelessly promoted Jewish values in a wild variety of different capacities, from his radio show on Oprah‘s station to his two-dozen books (including the best-seller Kosher Sex), to his TV show, Shalom in the Home, on TLC, to an ill-fated but groundbreaking run for Congress last year, to the jamboree weekly Read More
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is one of the most visible Democrats in New Jersey, but his old friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, is running for Congress in the Garden State on a GOP ticket. Despite his relationship with the rabbi, Mr. Booker didn’t sound likely to back his friend’s congressional campaign when he spoke with The Politickerthis afternoon.
“I’ll tell you this, I’m a Democrat and, at this point, I have not made any decision, but I’d be hard pressed not to support,” Mr. Booker momentarily stopped himself before continuing, “You know, this puts me in a very tough position, but the reality is, I think it’s very important that we return a Democratic congressman from that district.”
“One thing about smart cars, there’s no room for error,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said as he piloted his 99-inch-long convertible along 10th Avenue. “I’m a little person, I like little things,” he said cheerily.
Mr. Boteach took directions from a GPS system as we zipped across Manhattan to the Lincoln Tunnel last week. Our window was at bumper level with the surrounding traffic as the rabbi made the sharp turns and tight maneuvers required for escaping Midtown. Wearing a Bluetooth headset and juggling a pair of cell phones to maximize his multitasking, Mr. Boteach said he often takes calls on the move. When he’s not driving, he opts for a much larger headset that offers better reception.
“It’s military grade,” Mr. Boteach tells us. “It’s like a landline.”
Always a busy man, the rabbi balances his career as a widely published author and Oprah-approved spiritual guru with a family of nine children and the daily demands of religious worship.
Now he’s running for Congress.
Of course, any seminar that advertises singer Michael Jackson along with the phrase “Love, Work and Parenting” has got to be an impulse buy. But those who paid up to $65 for tickets to the Feb. 14 panel discussion at Carnegie Hall may be wondering just exactly what’s in store for them.
According to Rabbi Read More