Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is one of the world’s leading relationship experts and values and spirituality exponents. His 29 books have been best-sellers all over the world and have been translated into 20 languages. Rabbi Shmuley appears on TV, radio, and in print globally.
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 the competition’s points, 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 a brave stab at re-evaluating Jesus through an intensive look at the New Testament and historical documents… and a well-researched analysis that will certainly reopen intrafaith and interfaith dialogue.”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 the modern world. 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 been widely translated around the world, including in Korean.
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. In 2012 he was listed by The Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews 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.
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. The proposal is an extension of This World: The Values Network, the organization he founded and for which he serves as executive director and which aims to bring universal Jewish values to mainstream American culture via media, politics, the arts, and live events. 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, Senior Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Eric Garcetti, the mayoral candidate in 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.
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 makes regular contributions to 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.
His website is thisworld.us and he can be followed on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.