Lights! Cam­era! Rabbi!

Shmuley Boteach on his new talk show.

Forward Magazine - - News - By Alexan­dra Levine do

Day­time tele­vi­sion may soon be get­ting a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing. This fall, Shmuley Boteach — the TV per­son­al­ity and Ortho­dox rabbi who isn’t afraid to talk very pub­licly and very ex­plic­itly about sex, in­ti­macy and all things pri­vate — is host­ing a new talk show, “Di­vine In­ter­ven­tion.”

In this case, Boteach is that di­vine in­ter­ven­tion — on the show, pro­duced in Toronto by Moses Znaimer, peo­ple fac­ing ma­jor life chal­lenges ap­proach Boteach for one-on-one ad­vice and coun­sel­ing. And the vast ma­jor­ity of his ad­visees aren’t even Jewish.

“No sub­ject is taboo; we deal with ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing,” he told the

For­ward. “The prob­lems range from in­fi­delity and di­vorce to pla­tonic mar­riage, out- of- con­trol kids, eat­ing dis­or­ders, ir­ra­tional fears, and Holo­caust sur­vivors who are be­ing re- trau­ma­tized by a global surge in anti-Semitism and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­bil­i­tat­ing fear.”

Though Boteach does not have any for­mal train­ing as a ther­a­pist, as a rabbi, he has coun­seled just about ev­ery­body: mar­ried peo­ple, sin­gles, kids, par­ents, wid­ows, sin­gle moms, sin­gle dads, gay men, gay women, athe­ists and ag­nos­tics. He’s fully aware that in a short coun­sel­ing ses­sion — es­pe­cially on TV — his guests likely won’t walk out as changed peo­ple with zero prob­lems. He un­der­stands that he, alone, can­not make their strug­gles dis­ap­pear. “I don’t think I can heal peo­ple in a short TV seg­ment,” he said. “But I think that we can give them in­sights into what is mo­ti­vat­ing their be­hav­ior, a per­sonal awak­en­ing where the per­son can be­gin to see why they’re do­ing what they’re do­ing.”

De­spite the fact that Boteach’s two cents are meant to be some kind of di­vine in­ter­ven­tion, “I’m not a voice

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