The Washington Post once referred to Rabbi Shmuly Boteach as “America’s most famous rabbi,” as you will learn once you arrive at Boteach’s Twitter page. This was in 2012, mind you, but it’s probably safe to assume that these particular rankings don’t see much churn. At that time, Boteach was running for elected office, hoping to parlay his time in the public eye (thanks to having written relationship books and starring in a reality show) into a seat in the House. Running as a Republican, he lost.
On Tuesday, Boteach — who bears a passing resemblance to a heavily-bearded Woody Harrelson — was at the White House for an Israel Independence Day celebration. Boteach is a prolific Twitter user, and it’s hard to imagine that there were many people he spoke to who didn’t end up sharing space with him in a photo that ended up being tweeted out. That includes Stephen K. Bannon, chief strategist and senior counselor to President Trump, who appears in two pictures with Boteach.
But it’s the background of those photos that has captured the public’s attention.