Posts Tagged ‘sexy rabbis’

The Rabbis Who Steam Up The Pulpit

December 31, 2013

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Jewrotica Sexiest Rabbis Graphic

Upon hearing that he had been named to Jewrotica’s “Sexiest Rabbis of 2013” list, the first thing Rabbi Josh Yuter wondered was whether this would help or hurt his shidduch chances.

“I’m sexy and I didn’t know it,” Yuter joked after being informed by The Times of Israel that his name was on the list. The young Orthodox rabbi of New York’s Stanton Street Shul and YUtopia blogger and podcaster had no idea he had been one of the more than 150 rabbis worldwide nominated on the basis of their hotness.

Nonetheless, he’s pleased to be recognized in this way. “When the titles of ‘most knowledgeable’ and ‘most respected’ are filled, you take what you can get,” he said.

Yuter is not the only member of the list to take the honor with good humor. The Times of Israel spoke to six of the 10 rabbis on the list, and they all understood that they were being noted not necessarily for their physical attributes, but rather for the criteria Jewrotica set out in the nomination process.

The online hub for Jewish sexuality sought rabbis with a killer combination of smarts, action and badassery (“the quality of being unique and not afraid to speak your mind or live life your own way”).

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Website on the Prowl for Hot Rabbis

October 22, 2013

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Rabbi Hanniel Levenson (photo credit: courtesy)

Rabbi Hanniel Levenson (photo credit: courtesy)

Newsweek puts out an annual list of the most influential rabbis.The Forward compiles a list of the most inspiring ones. So, perhaps it was only a matter of time before we’d see the latest example of the trend: The Sexiest Rabbis List.

Jewrotica, an online hub for Jewish sexual expression, is putting out the call for nominations for this list. On October 17, Jewrotica’s 28-year-old founder and editor Ayo Oppenheimer announced the project. Four days, 20,000 hits, and 60 nominations later, “Sexiest Rabbis” has been changed to “Hottest Rabbis” in response to apparent widespread misunderstanding of the nomination criteria.

“We just put ‘sexy’ in the title, because that’s the vocabulary we use at Jewrotica. We’re being edgy, fun and youthful  – not disrespectful,” explained Oppenheimer. “If you read the nomination information, then you’ll see that we are looking for rabbis with smarts, who are involved in outreach or social justice activism, and who have that bad-ass factor.” By “bad ass factor,” she means unique, cool personality traits or skills, like playing jazz or riding a motorcycle.

“We’re not at all looking at physical looks. It has nothing to do with measurements or six-packs. There is so much more than that that makes someone attractive,” Oppenheimer continued.

Jewrotica may have changed “sexy” to “hot,” but for some, it’s a difference without a distinction.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.