Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is a family and relationship counselor and he is one of the most prominent voices for the Jewish community in the world. He is the international best-selling author of 15 books, and an acclaimed syndicated columnist who in 2005 won the American Jewish Press Association’s highest award for excellence in commentary.
A winner of the London Times highly prestigious ”Preacher of the Year” award, Rabbi Shmuley has lectured and appeared in print, radio, and TV all over the globe. 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 Oxford, 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, Christopher Hitchens, Yitzchak Shamir, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Simon Wiesenthal, Michael Jackson, and Prof. Colin Blakemore, among others.
Rabbi Shmuley has written many best-selling books including Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge Kosher Sex Kosher Adultery Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments Face your Fear Judaism for Everyone Hating Women: America’s Hostile Campaign Against the Fairer Sex Ten Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children The Private Adam, his critique of American celebrity culture and his review of Oxford history and life, Moses of Oxford, Vols. I and II. His book Why Can’t I Fall In Love? was a finalist for the 2002 Books for a Better Life Award. Shmuley’s newest book, Shalom in the Home: Smart Advice for a Peaceful Life published by Meredith Books is now available.
Many of Rabbi Shmuley’s books have been serialized in major international publications and have been translated into seventeen languages, including Japanese, Thai, Czech, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, German, Russian, and French.
Rabbi Shmuley is a frequent guest on television and radio, having appeared on shows including The Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s Scarborough Country. 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 Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post among others.
Rabbi Shmuley’s twice-weekly columns appear in the Jerusalem Post, the New York Sun, WorldNetDaily.com, Insight Magazine and Beliefnet. In 2001, Jewsweek.com placed him at number 17 on their annual list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.
Rabbi Shmuley also serves as Editor-in-Chief of IDT publishing, a unit of the IDT Telecommunications Corporation, and is publishing a unique series of books by world leaders and personalities writing on the virtue, or character trait, that most eluded them in their careers.
Rabbi Shmuley is married to his Australian wife, Debbie. They have eight children.