Rabbi Shmuley Boteach counsels families on his hit TV show Shalom in the Home and is the author of more than a dozen books on marriage, parenting and self-improvement. Gayle talks to Rabbi Shmuley about marriage, adultery and the state of American families.
Rabbi Shmuley says many of the people he counsels on his TV show are lost and unfocused. While America is a wealthy, prosperous country, Rabbi Shmuley says many people are depressed and their families are suffering. "If we don't rescue the American family from total disintegration, this country is going to get more and more insecure," Rabbi Shmuley says. "We are going to become more and more unhappy and depressed, and we are going to see more exploitation."
Infidelity plagues many American marriages, and Rabbi Shmuley says it is an age-old problem and the most written about subject in literature. He says the top reasons men cheat on their wives is because they are bored or have low self-esteem. Women, on the other hand, don't get bored in their relationships as easily, he says. "Women really have the capacity to find novelty and renewal with the same man, so long as he shows new dimensions of himself and he shares his emotions," Rabbi Shmuley says. "The biggest problem is that men find it very difficult to do that. They don't talk to their wives." Rabbi Shmuley says he teaches fathers to lead by example and be good role models for their sons by being a gentlemen and treating women with respect. "The greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother."