Shmuley Boteach is an American Orthodox rabbi, radio and television host, and author. He rose to prominence with the publication of his international bestseller Kosher Sex. He received his rabbinic ordination in 1988 from the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement in New York City, as a disciple of its leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. He frequently appears as a guest on television and radio discussing politics, religion, society and morality. He also now hosts a reality television program entitled Shalom in the Home which involves facilitating conflicts between family members. He has authored many books since Kosher Sex, the latest of which is The Broken American Male.
Question: How will this age be remembered?
Shmuley Boteach: I think that our age will be remembered positively; that we were an age that, amidst having severe shortcomings – materialistic, broken families – that we still wanted to do the right thing; that we still focused on really good things; that we weren’t always of pure heart, and we weren’t always perfect, but our heart was in the right place; that we had the right ideas, and we tried to do the right thing and do good things. Look, the biggest TV host in the world is Oprah Winfrey. Look at all the good stuff she does with her show, you know? I watched a whole show last night about charity. Who would have thought the biggest show in the world would talk about things like charity? Does that mean that we don’t also talk about bras, and lingerie, and great sex? Yeah we do. And great sex in marriage, by the way, is a good thing, so talk more about it. But we get distracted, and we talk about silly celebrity gossip stuff. But by and large we’re good people with good hearts who wanna do the right thing.
Recorded on: 09/05/2007