The Sexiest Hottest Rabbis of 2013*

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Rated PGMy beautiful friends,

I am excited to announce Jewrotica’s first annual “SexiestHottest Rabbis” list! That’s right. We are accepting nominations of sexy rabbis worldwide who deserve to be recognized for their raw awesomeness. Nominations are open until November 15th, 2013 and the final picks will be featured on Jewrotica.org this December.

So, what gets a rabbi onto the list? We’re looking for studs and babes who possess three qualities:

a) The Smarts
b) Some Action
c) Badass Factor

The Smarts” = You gotta respect the rabbis who can school you in a battle of wits, the ones that wow you with their intellectual chops but have the presence to keep you awake during the sermon. Send the brainy ones our way.

Getting Some Action” = Any rabbi can open a Torah or Talmud (hopefully), but who are the rabbis that are taking action? Whether through Jewish outreach or social justice activism, if you want your rabbi to make this list, you got to show us a little action.

Badass Factor” = Your rabbi rides a motorcycle? Plays jazz? Leads silent meditations and retreats? Or maybe your rabbi is so irresistibly sexy that you haven’t missed a Shabbat service yet this year? Yeah, that’s the one we want.

Tell your friends and send us your nominations today! Nominations can be submitted here and we are also accepting nominations of ‘rabbinic couples’, so feel free to nominate your rabbi / rebbetzin together!

Send ‘em over and let the first annual “SexiestHottest Rabbis” list begin!

Light and Love,
Ayo Oppenheimer - Final Version of Signature

* UPDATE FROM THE JEWROTICA TEAM: We have changed the name of this post from The Sexiest Rabbis of 2013 to The Hottest Rabbis of 2013 in order to clear up any confusion that might still linger regarding our intentions. This was never a contest based on physical appearance. None of the criteria we specified cited any mention of a nominated Rabbi’s looks. We used the word “Sexy” in a figurative and not literal sense and all we want to do is highlight Rabbis who are doing awesome and inspirational work. Anyone who read this post beyond the title, and is in possession of reading comprehension skills beyond that of a 3rd grader, would have recognized that. Yet, some confusion nonetheless persists. Hopefully we have cleared this up a little. We are not looking for literally sexy Rabbis. There will not be a Sexy Rabbis of Jewrotica Swimsuit Calendar. (Sorry). We think that such lists, which are widely read and considered, are essentially silly and classic link bait. Our list is also silly, but we’re going to use the attention to highlight some pretty fantastic Rabbis – at least based on the flood of nominations we’ve received thus far – nominations that represent every Jewish denomination, spanning all ages from Rabbis in their 20s to Rabbis well into their 60s. Are we clear now?

Founder and editor of Jewrotica, Ayo spent the past two years full-time RVing North America with her Jewish educational film program. Ayo alternates between intensely pursuing fun new experiences and equally intensely trying to do good by people. She would love to hear from you.
  • http://jewrotica.org/ Emma Morris

    I am so looking forward to seeing all the nominations for all of the sexy Rabbis and rebbetzins!

  • danielle

    really? this is ridiculous. why does everything have to be sexy? isn’t a Rabbi a teacher and a leader? the last place one should be seeking sex.

  • Danonwis23

    Enough! We are Rabbis, teachers of Torah (in all its forms), this list, even more than others that have been out there is demeaning to our sacred work and to our learning. Any Rabbi who would willingly participate in this is not worthy of the title even if he or she can trace ordination back to Moses himself.

  • http://www.chicagocarless.com MikeDoyle

    This is kind of disgusting. Physical objectification upheld as a rabbinic quality? Give me a break. This is very misguided. I would think less of a rabbi who would accept being nominated.

  • Jill Maderer

    There is already too much judgment on sex appeal in the rabbinic profession, as in many others. Your initiative is not edgy; at best it’s a waste and an invitation for shallow Judaism and at worst it’s an invitation to see each other in relationship-damaging ways. Our congregation was happy to welcome you to screen your first film and we saw potential in the contributions you could make in American Jewish life. Please reconsider this pursuit and find a way to use your talent to make a positive impact.

  • saxmandandotcom

    No true orthodox rabbi that I know will take part in this. They will never try to win a contest either even without the anti religious name you chose.

  • Pea

    Wow. Just wow. Have Jill, danielle, MikeDoyle and Danonwis23 even read this post? I don’t get the impression that what Jewrotica is looking for is hunky Rabbis and smokin’ Rebbetzins. For those of you with similar reading comprehension issues, it seems Jewrotica is looking for Rabbis who are smart, inspiring, active in their community or in the world and are interesting. It seems to have nothing to do with physical appeal. Read people. Read!

    • Danonwis23

      See above

      • Pea

        You think any ranking of Rabbis demeans their work? OK that’s fair. But we know that Rabbis who have excelled in their profession have often had that excellence acknowledged. Cities and countries have Chief Rabbis, more learned Rabbis get to sit on Beis Dins, students flock to learn with great teachers, others are considered Gedolim, putting them in a class above others… Being a Rabbi is a noble calling, but like all professions, your mileage may vary.

        There is nothing wrong with highlighting the achievements and accomplishments of Rabbis. Given how little most American Jews actually interact meaningfully with Rabbis, shining a spot light on the good that is and the good that can be serves a very valuable purpose. This list has excellent potential and is capable of a very wide reach – way beyond the usual suspects. I for one am looking more forward to this list than to the one put out by Newsweek.

      • Pea

        Look at that! 836 likes on Facebook in one day. Looks like I’m not the only one…

  • thatguy

    the site is called “jewrotica” and you complain about sexy? lol

    • Danonwis23

      No, I complain about ranking of Rabbis and how it demeans the thousands of Rabbis out there doing great work.

      • See It Both Ways

        Danon, I hear you. That said, this list is not actually about sex or physical appearances at all. It’s Jewrotica bringing their readers’ focus to Rabbis who are doing awesome and inspiring work. I get your objection and Jewrotica is clearly pushing boundaries with an edgy title, but the description in the post above makes it seem like the pieces will be substantive – and not superficial.

      • See It Both Ways

        And any list is going to leave off people, but do you not create lists for anything in life? No one is being judged or demeaned here. The actual focus seems like it will be more “how can we promote rabbi’s work” and less “let’s decide who is #1 and who is #2″.

        Do you feel similarly about Newsweek and the Daily Beast and other publications’ listings of rabbis?

      • Larry Bach

        I share Dan’s concern about the proliferation of “rabbi ranking” experiments, and imagine that Ayo is being tongue-in-cheek, as much as anything else, with the title. And, if I were her, I’d consider offering the batch of finalists without ranking, to avoid just that issue. Take the nominees, write up smart and fun profiles, and put them out there alphabetically, or something.

        But as far as the substance of this endeavor, I’m on board. It seems to me that this is much more in line with the Forward’s “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” than the silliness of the Newseek/Daily Beast rankings, which are mostly a circular argument that ought to be called “Rabbis We Hear About, A lot” (not that there aren’t great rabbis on the list). My take is that this is a way for Ayo to engage her readership, to highlight the work of some rabbis (without suggesting that they are the ONLY rabbis doing it), and perhaps to find more Rabbis who are inclined to support and even write for a sex-positive, body-positive, open, affirming site like Jewrotica.

        • Ayo Oppenheimer

          Larry,

          Thank you for speaking up on this matter. I appreciate your vote of confidence and, though I understand that it is easy for others to get up in arms about the title of the list, there is a much deeper purpose to this endeavor, as you said.

          If you take a look at Jewrotica, we tow the line between being ‘just edgy enough’ and offering quality Jewish content. The edge factor is part of the reason that we have such a strong and diversified readership (16,000 views already just today). Our readers are often not the ones who subscribe to The Forward and include many unaffiliated folks that normally would not want to associate with Jewish content but hear ‘Jewrotica’ and think ‘Okay… I’m going to give this another shot’. The name might hook them in, but then they often find something deeper here – especially as we curate more content that deals with Jewish text and tradition.

          Many people ask me ‘why the erotica? why the edge?’. There is something unique and valuable about housing all of these things under one roof. Jewrotica is an umbrella for anything that speaks to the intersection of relationships, romance, gender, sexuality and body image with Judaism and Jewish tradition. To that point, you can come to Jewrotica to check out an essay or Torah commentary and have your world expanded by an article on sexual education or a well-written piece of fiction. Similarly, some people come to Jewrotica for the more erotic content and all of a sudden chance upon the parsha and are exposed to compelling Jewish concepts.

          But of course trying to strike a tasteful and thought-provoking balance is a real risk, and is one that I think about. By choosing the name ‘Jewrotica’, I get tons of people in the door that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach. It keeps things light and fun in addition to deep and thought-provoking. Kind of like getting your medicine in a candy wrapper. But those who only take a cursory glance at the project can certainly accuse me of diminishing Judaism. I was aware of that risk to reputation early on and mused about it in these posts:

          http://jewrotica.org/2012/11/hopes-and-fears-a-glimpse-inside/
          http://jewrotica.org/2012/11/the-making-of-jewrotica-part-ii/

          But fast food Judaism is not the point, and I would hope that those who have taken the time to check out our Double Mitzvah column, our essays and even some of our fiction – and especially those who have been to any of my educational workshops – would understand that.

          The idea behind this Rabbis piece is to highlight the work of rabbis who are doing awesome and inspiring things. Yes, we use the word sexy because… well, we are Jewrotica, after all. But you may notice that the criteria does not include physical appearance or overly sexual items and instead focuses on the qualities of the rabbi being nominated. So if the word ‘Sexiest’ is objectionable, mentally swap it out with ‘Most Rockin’ or ‘Person We Appreciate’.

          I’m not averse to suggestions as this whole project is an evolution of sorts and a catalyst for dialogue. On that note, I do like the suggestion of not numbering or ranking the rabbis and instead offering the piece up as a buffet selection of ‘rabbis you want to know’.

          Hmm, what else? I’ve already practically written an essay here, but in a nutshell:

          ***I hear the concerns and I won’t be able to address all of them. We likely have different viewpoints, so I do not set out to try to change minds.

          Jewrotica’s workshops are primarily where the educational and transformational content comes in and you can ask the synagogues, JCCs, Hillels and summer camps where I have offered programming and they will speak to the depth, thoughtfulness and Jewish educational value of the Jewrotica workshops that I have offered.

          The website contains a wide variety of content that speak to our varying constituencies (some pieces that I like more and others less), but I will say that – despite the clever language of ‘Jewrotica’, ‘Original Mitzvah’ and this list – my mission has never been to titillate and sensationalize but rather to spark a lively conversation and engage our global family in a Jewishly grounded and mindful way.***

          Shabbat Shalom – wishing everyone a peaceful and restful Sabbath!

  • Ayo Oppenheimer

    Critiques and praise are equally welcomed, but I am taking the liberty to re-post the following comment so that it does not get buried in the thread. My commentary below offers a few important clarifications and is a relevant post-script to the original post:

    “Larry,

    Thank you for speaking up on this matter. I appreciate your vote of confidence and, though I understand that it is easy for others to get up in arms about the title of the list, there is a much deeper purpose to this endeavor, as you said.

    If you take a look at Jewrotica, we tow the line between being ‘just edgy enough’ and offering quality Jewish content. The edge factor is part of the reason that we have such a strong and diversified readership (16,000 views already just today). Our readers are often not the ones who subscribe to The Forward and include many unaffiliated folks that normally would not want to associate with Jewish content but hear ‘Jewrotica’ and think ‘Okay… I’m going to give this another shot’. The name might hook them in, but then they often find something deeper here – especially as we curate more content that deals with Jewish text and tradition.

    Many people ask me ‘why the erotica? why the edge?’. There is something unique and valuable about housing all of these things under one roof. Jewrotica is an umbrella for anything that speaks to the intersection of relationships, romance, gender, sexuality and body image with Judaism and Jewish tradition. To that point, you can come to Jewrotica to check out an essay or Torah commentary and have your world expanded by an article on sexual education or a well-written piece of fiction. Similarly, some people come to Jewrotica for the more erotic content and all of a sudden chance upon the parsha and are exposed to compelling Jewish concepts.

    But of course trying to strike a tasteful and thought-provoking balance is a real risk, and is one that I think about. By choosing the name ‘Jewrotica’, I get tons of people in the door that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach. It keeps things light and fun in addition to deep and thought-provoking. Kind of like getting your medicine in a candy wrapper. But those who only take a cursory glance at the project can certainly accuse me of diminishing Judaism. I was aware of that risk to reputation early on and mused about it in these posts:

    http://jewrotica.org/2012/11/hopes-and-fears-a-glimpse-inside/
    http://jewrotica.org/2012/11/the-making-of-jewrotica-part-ii/

    But fast food Judaism is not the point, and I would hope that those who have taken the time to check out our Double Mitzvah column, our essays and even some of our fiction – and especially those who have been to any of my educational workshops – would understand that.

    The idea behind this Rabbis piece is to highlight the work of rabbis who are doing awesome and inspiring things. Yes, we use the word sexy because… well, we are Jewrotica, after all. But you may notice that the criteria does not include physical appearance or overly sexual items and instead focuses on the qualities of the rabbi being nominated. So if the word ‘Sexiest’ is objectionable, mentally swap it out with ‘Most Rockin’ or ‘Person We Appreciate’.

    I’m not averse to suggestions as this whole project is an evolution of sorts and a catalyst for dialogue. On that note, I do like the suggestion of not numbering or ranking the rabbis and instead offering the piece up as a buffet selection of ‘rabbis you want to know’.

    Hmm, what else? I’ve already practically written an essay here, but in a nutshell:

    ***I hear the concerns and I won’t be able to address all of them. We likely have different viewpoints, so I do not set out to try to change minds.

    Jewrotica’s workshops are primarily where the educational and transformational content comes in and you can ask the synagogues, JCCs, Hillels and summer camps where I have offered programming and they will speak to the depth, thoughtfulness and Jewish educational value of the Jewrotica workshops that I have offered.

    The website contains a wide variety of content that speak to our varying constituencies (some pieces that I like more and others less), but I will say that – despite the clever language of ‘Jewrotica’, ‘Original Mitzvah’ and this list – my mission has never been to titillate and sensationalize but rather to spark a lively conversation and engage our global family in a Jewishly grounded and mindful way.***

    Shabbat Shalom – wishing everyone a peaceful and restful Sabbath!”

    • wetherjenius

      I think everyone needs to calm down. Why so serious?

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  • Shosh

    David Kasher. http://parshanut.com/ is great, he’s education director at Kevah, and he’s cute!

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