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Englewood, NJ - Rabbi Shmuley Trying to Buy Libyan Owned Mansion

Published on: January 23, 2010 06:23 PM
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Protest Organized By Shmuley Boteach Against Gadhafi house Aug. 30 2009Protest Organized By Shmuley Boteach Against Gadhafi house Aug. 30 2009

Englewood, NJ - A rabbi who lives next door to the New Jersey mansion where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sought to stay during his first U.S. visit wants to buy the site and turn it into a Jewish learning center.

Libya has owned the 4-acre Englewood property since 1983, and Gadhafi wanted to stay there while visiting the United Nations last September.

But that plan was scrapped when it drew widespread outrage and legal challenges in New Jersey, which lost dozens of residents in an airplane bombing widely believed to have been the work of Libyan intelligence.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach told The Record of Bergen County that he wants to raise up to $6 million to buy the property. But there’s no indication that Libya wants to sell, and a call to the Libyan mission was not immediately returned Saturday.


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 Jan 23, 2010 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

After the way he trashed him I don't see them feeling too kindly to sell to him. Sometimes you get what's coming by being nasty.

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

More publicity for the publicity seeking "Rabbi" Boteach. Libya has owned the homw for more than 25 years. Much longer than the good Rabbi even knew that Englewood existed. So why did he buy a home next door to a down on the heals estate (that was recently fixed up and that is what has caused his uproar when everyone in town knew who owned the estate?

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 07:20 PM Shmuel ben Karl Says:

My goodness has it been 10 minutes already that R' Shmuley has been out of the news! welcome back..where have you been????

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

reply to # 2. In other words you are pro ghadafi y'ms and anti boteach .

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 08:28 PM Kol Hakavod Says:

Rabbi S.B. is a real leader, not like some (#1) who always look to put someone else down, because of their own lack of accomplishment. The Rabbi is looking to change something negative (an individual with bad intentions to purchase a property for the wrong reasons, with absolutely no interest in the community's needs) to something positive, where the entire community will benefit from their efforts, by providing much needed services to adults and children alike. We could use more people who are willing to stand up and not be intimidated by groups of people that only choose to terrorize others that don't follow their beliefs and only bring destruction and problems everywhere they go. It is time to unite and be part of the solution and NOT THE PROBLEM. If not today, when? We deserve a better future. Our kids deserve a chance, a fair chance to live life in peace with people that are willing to build based on everything that we all have in common. The time has come to stand up against (there is only one way to describe them) "EVIL".
Let's stand up together for the good of all decent citizens NOW!

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 09:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Kol Hakavod Says:

Rabbi S.B. is a real leader, not like some (#1) who always look to put someone else down, because of their own lack of accomplishment. The Rabbi is looking to change something negative (an individual with bad intentions to purchase a property for the wrong reasons, with absolutely no interest in the community's needs) to something positive, where the entire community will benefit from their efforts, by providing much needed services to adults and children alike. We could use more people who are willing to stand up and not be intimidated by groups of people that only choose to terrorize others that don't follow their beliefs and only bring destruction and problems everywhere they go. It is time to unite and be part of the solution and NOT THE PROBLEM. If not today, when? We deserve a better future. Our kids deserve a chance, a fair chance to live life in peace with people that are willing to build based on everything that we all have in common. The time has come to stand up against (there is only one way to describe them) "EVIL".
Let's stand up together for the good of all decent citizens NOW!

True! But if he was more tactful about his media frenzy when big Q came to town, he may have a better chance at having them listen to him. Now he just cut his chances and will pay for his fast tongue.

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM A fan! Says:

Gr8 idea - lets wish him the bestest luck - Go Rabbi Boteach!!

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 Jan 23, 2010 at 10:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Who was the genius who sold to Libya in the first place?

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