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We are excited to announce the long-awaited Jewrotica’s Sexiest Rabbis of 2013. This list stirred up a great deal of controversy over the past two and a half months with some saying that we “went too far” and others challenging that we “hadn’t gone far enough.” Then of course there were our usual fans rooting us on.
Regardless, over the past ten weeks we received over 150 beautiful, inspiring and thoughtfully-written nominations from students, congregants, community members and families all over the world – each of whom passionately advocated for their rabbi to make the list. The nominations spanned age, gender, country, ethnicity, relationship status and denomination, with a roughly even number of rabbis nominated from each ‘stream of Judaism’ and an approximately 60-40 divide between male and female rabbis (which makes some sense given that Orthodox Judaism was well-represented in the nomination pool).
I wish that we could present all 150+ rabbis to you, but since that amount of content would be unwieldy for readers, we needed to make some tough choices. Our all-star selection committee included Special Projects liaison and committee chair Shayna Abramson who coordinated the process, founding member, contributor and webmaster David Abitbol of Jewlicious fame, loyal and dedicated managing editor Emma Morris and regular contributor “Dirty Di,” with input from our soon-to-be-newest team member Aviva Frank and yours truly.
We chose to spotlight Jewrotica’s Ten Sexiest Rabbis (now that is one smokin’ minyan…) with an additional 21 rabbis below being selected for the People’s Choice categories. But yes, let’s first present the unranked top 10 cadre selected for our Annual 2013 Sexy Rabbis List!
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The People’s choice categories are as follows:
** Delicious Dvar Torah… Words That Stimulate Your Senses **
The nominees are:
Please vote below:
Delicious Dvar Torah: Words That Stimulate Your Senses
Total Voters: 779
** Sexiest Activist: Rabbis Tackling Society’s Wrongs And Making Them Right **
Please vote below:
Sexiest Activist: Rabbis Tackling Society's Wrongs And Making Them Right
Total Voters: 803
** Hottest Date: At The End Of Friday Night Services, Who Do You Want To Go Home With…For A Shabbat Meal? **
Please vote below:
Hottest Date: At The End Of Friday Night Services, Who Do You Want To Go Home With… For A Shabbat Meal? :-)
Total Voters: 1,290
The original People’s Choice list included six rabbis in each category, totaling a rather symbolic 18 (chai), but I couldn’t resist sneaking one more nominee into each field at the last moment, so just think of it as chai… plus one in each category for good luck! The People’s Choice categories will be open until Tu B’Shvat (Thursday, January 16th), and the top candidates will be gifted free Jewrotica swag and invited for exclusive interviews to be featured on Jewrotica.org!
A last note: This list is exceedingly respectful with the top ten intentionally presented in an unranked list, but is also meant to be fun and playful. We hope that rabbis will be pleased to be acknowledged on the list, but we do not purport that this is an authoritative, exhaustive and all-inclusive list of all the fabulous and sexy rabbis out there. We certainly missed some of you, and that is what next year and comments are for. Feel free to let us know if we’ve missed a particularly inspiring, sexy rabbi!
Stay tuned for in-depth interviews and spotlights with selected rabbis over the course of the coming year and keep your fingers crossed for that Sexy Rabbis calendar. We’ll see how much resistance comes our way, but let’s just say that the seed has been planted.
Stay in touch, share your ideas and get involved with Jewrotica by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter. For press interviews and articles on the Sexiest Rabbis of 2013, please contact Special Projects Liaison Shayna Abramson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Managing Editor Emma Morris (email@example.com) and Founding Member, Contributor and Webmaster David Abitbol (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks as always for your support, and enjoy!
Light and Love,