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The always provocative and insightful Rabbi Shmuley argues convincingly that men need to lust for, not just love their women. This book will restore lost passion to your relationship. --Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Surgery, NYP/Columbia Hospital; host, The Dr. Oz Show

Only Rabbi Shmuley is brave enough to say aloud what we women in long-term relationships secretly yearn for the most: to be desired. Kosher Lust is a how-to marriage saver, a start-tonight passion igniter, replete with Shmuley s trademark candor, spiritual wisdom and humor. A must-read. --Lisa Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of Think and Swagger

Who better than an orthodox rabbi to tell you that lust is not only good, it s sanctioned by the Bible. That s right: it s kosher. Shmuley Boteach can add another notch to his calling card. He is not only the love rabbi, he is the lust rabbi now, as well. --Alan Colmes, Fox News Radio

The great virtue of Kosher Lust is that it will push readers to re-evaluate their relationships in a constructive way, allowing couples to explore the positive role lust can play in their lives. It is Rabbi Shmuley at his best! --by JOEL B. POLLAK, breitbart.com

About the Author

Shmuley Boteach is one of the worlds leading relationship experts and values and spirituality exponents. He is the author of twenty-six books, which have been translated into eighteen languages, and his columns, TV, and radio appearances are regular staples in media all over the world. Rabbi Shmuley has debated and discussed Jesus and Christianity with leading Christian scholars for more than twenty years, and his columns on Judaism and Christianity have appeared in the Wall St. Journal, Jerusalem Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post, London Times, Guardian, and many other leading publications. Rabbi Shmuley was labeled a cultural phenomenon and the most famous rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine, and is regularly listed as one of the ten most influential rabbis in the United States. Rabbi Shmuley lives in Englewood, NJ, with his Australian wife Debbie. They have nine children. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652296260
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652296269
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Kosher Lust”, a controversial title to say the least. Not one you expect from a “real” Jewish orthodox seriously religious rabbi. Yet, while Rabbi Boteach has become controversial specifically for publishing such titles and showing up in the mass media, he not only is a real orthodox rabbi, he is a real chassidic rabbi.

As for the controversial title, he’s clearly trying to reach a wide audience and using the shock value to do so. It’s certainly not a traditional technique, but it worked well enough that the book caught attention and we made a purchase.

This book is perfectly acceptable for a modest and religious or secular audience, presenting it’s ideas in a clean and modest way, and has a message of equal value for religious and secular readers. People of all or no religious faith can benefit.

The author starts with a startling and frightening premise… Houston, we have a problem with marriage:

- Divorce rates have been at 50% for 50 years!
- Married couples are now less that 45% of all households!
- There are more help books for marriage, marriage advice TV shows, marriage therapy, etc, available now than any time in history… yet marriage isn't working to the point that marital success is now a minority situation.
- The average duration of a marriage today is 8 years!
- 53% of children are now born to unmarried parents (averaged across all communities)!

These are all US statistics. In many other places the statistics are WORSE! In Norway and Finland, it’s 30% worse. In some South American countries, it’s 50% worse!

As the author says, it seems the only people who want to get married nowadays are same-gender oriented!
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One of the best relationship books I've read. No fluffy stuff Completely different way to look at relationships. Almost impossible to do all of it, but it's definitely a wake up call. He is an incredibly deep and brilliant thinker. I'm a new fan . I've loan the book and she loaned ir someone else, and then someone else. I cant get it back!!
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At first, I thought love, not lust, was the goal of marriage. I saw the rabbi on the View and was intrigued and downloaded his book. We are constantly taught to focus against our physical nature as though it is unspiritual to lust to hunger for our mate. Bonding without this passionate connection is boring, because, as the Rabbi explains, women need to feel desired.

Lust can only flourish when we feel safe and G-d wisdom is revealed in the scriptures. Lust is exhilarating, creative, moves mountains and nourishing. So many of my friends have given up on sexual passion, but it is imprinted in my soul's memory. I am divorced and wish we could have gotten council from this wise author to reveal our conflicts. This book makes so much sense, I highly recommend it to all searching for a deeper connection.
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Great read for married and those considering marriage. I highly recommend it to particularly people that I know that have not yet married so that they can have a greater realistic picture of what is required/expected of those that marry.
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Shmuley teaches and tells us a very important lesson. This book and dating my wife for over 5 years is the most important things besides loving my beautiful bride ...Everyday. Don't miss lust it keeps the fire burning...FOREVER ! THANKS SHMULEY !!
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Very insightful in explaining what lust is all about. What it is, where it comes from, how it's formed, what are it's parts. I like how Boteach differentiates between love and lust, and goes on to explain the need and place for lust within a relationship. I might not fully agree with his argument about the prominent place lust holds but I do appreciate the painstaking detail with which he approaches the subject of lust.
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This book is INCREDIBLE! The title of this book is an attention get-ter but the wealth of information is amazing. I'm a Catholic woman and I have many "rules" of what a healthy sexual relationship is with my spouse - this book blew me away. Of course, we all want to be desired by our partners it's what keeps the relationship alive. This book made me realize that "LUST" is not a bad four-letter word...it's a good four-letter word like "LOVE", and who doesn't want more of that in their intimate relationships??!! Get it!
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Quite possibly the best self help book ever on Amazon, this volume is not for prudes, bluenoses, those who are repressed or low libido critics. It's a rare erotic wake up call that champions the kind of concrete physical passion that some of us fear or are unable to express---lust which quenches our primal senses and fulfills our vital bond as opposed to love's poetic transient idealism that lessens with adult disconnection. Nowhere else can you find a religious figure who is willing to speak truth to political correctness while he stresses the all too human necessity of intimate desire that we often forget, neglect or take for granted. A telling tome that can save marriages and even lives, this epiphany was more expected from sexual scholars than a pop guru Rabbi. But in it is revealed the most powerful romantic force behind ties that bind.
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