God Wants You to Be Rich, Fucked Up and Misunderstood

Here’s the weird item of the week: “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, has a new book out: The Michael Jackson Tapes. It turns out–for those of us who weren’t following either of their careers too closely–that Boteach was Michael Jackson’s “close spiritual guide.” I actually held the book in my hands and opened it today.  The subject matter varied from Michael’s days as a Jehovah’s Witness to his hopes that children get to play in heaven. We even get Jacko on Hitler and his boundless love for the Jewish people (ok so I didn’t open the book at random, exactly).

Remember, this is a man who surrounded himself with mannequins.

Boxing Christopher Hitchens

Shmuley Boteach has a worthy rebuttal to Christopher Hitchens in today’s JPost.

As far as the New Atheist lawfirm Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins and Dennett goes, the one I’ve always been half-hearted about is Hitchens. He is an excellent writer, and it is hard not to be persuaded by him, but sometimes he comes out with such screeds that you just want to say, “Stick a sock in it, Hitch!”

Then again, free speech is to be defended.

And I believe Shmuley Boteach would agree.