Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Runs For Congress
The man who never met a microphone he didn’t want to slobber on or a camera he didn’t want to mug for has announced that’s he’s running for US Congress. The announcement came in the wake of widespread Orthodox critism of his (bad) book on Jesus Christ that has probably nixed any chance the publicity mad egomaniacal Chabad-ordained rabbi has to be the new chief rabbi of England.
“America’s Rabbi” Wants To Be Your Congressman
Now you can hate him for another reason.
Shmuley Boteach, who likes to bill himself as “America’s Rabbi,” is running for Congress.
Botech told Bergen County’s Republican Organization Wednesday night that he wants to be their congressman and submitted his name to officially enter the New Jersey 9th Congressional District race, the PolitckerNJ reported.
Boteach is the controversial self-promoting Chabad-ordained rabbi, TV and radio host best known for being Michael Jackson’s rabbi.
Boteach has also authored more than a dozen books, most of them panned by rabbis and experts in the various fields Boteach has declared himself to be an expert in.
The latest of these, “Kosher Jesus,” has drawn wide condemnation from hundreds of Chabad rabbis, along with Jewish anti-missionary organizations and scholars.
Before the book’s publication earlier this week, Boteach had been considered for the soon-to-be-vacant post of chief rabbi of England. His chance to nab that coveted position went from plausible to almost impossible when “Kosher Jesus” was published to wide criticism.
Botech lives in Englewood, New Jersey.
- Orthodox rabbi proclaims new Boteach book ‘forbidden’ (jta.org)
- ‘Kosher Jesus’ book ignites skirmish between Jewish scholars (canada.com)
- Celebrity rabbi from Englewood mulling Republican run for Congress (nj.com)
- Rabbis face off over book about ‘Kosher Jesus’ (life.nationalpost.com)