The Rabbi and the Centerfold

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of 'Kosher Sex,' has a combative conversation with Playboy's Miss November, Lindsey Vuolo.


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Why she said yes being to a Playmate

SB: If your father did read Playboy, would you be okay with that?

LV: I probably would have thought twice. Because I knew he didn't read Playboy, I didn't really think twice. I was like, I have this opportunity and I think it will be really great for me. And I know it's a steppingstone and that's the way my mom saw it.

SB: A steppingstone to what?

LV: To anything in the--not in pornography entertainment but just any kind of entertainment.

SB: Like for example, who would you say are famous Playmates who went on to [success]? Let's say, Playboy has been published since, I think, 1954--

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"The men who write to me"
Her views on other Playmates
Comparing herself to Monica

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LV: Well, I think there's only 500 Playmates.

SB: How many would you say it served as a steppingstone for to a career in film or music or somewhere in the popular culture where they were successful?

LV: Probably only about 100 of them.

SB: 100? That's hard to believe.

LV: Like I said, I really don't know the world of Playboy that well. From the girls that obviously been--Carmen Electra and all those girls, I mean, there's Joy McCarr, there's a lot of other ones that I'm meeting, you know, being involved in Playboy, who I never even know were Playmates before they got roles as actresses or doing other modeling contracts. You know, even, there are some people that I work with in Playboy who were Playmates and now they work for Playboy. I have no clue to what kind of doors this is going to open for me, but I'm not letting everything ride on it. Like I'm not going to give up my college education right now to move to L.A. and try to be famous. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen, but guess what? If it doesn't, I'll be more than happy to finish my degree, start a family and get a career, just like any other working college student here at IUP or any school, for that matter. Look, I'm not planning on [its] totally opening every door for me and to [use] my looks and my body and everything, to get, you know, a free ride. I never intended on that, nor do I ever.

SB: But do you think it's a steppingstone to your other goal of having a family?

LV: Sure.

SB: That posing for Playboy could be a steppingstone to having a happy family life?

LV: Yeah. I don't see why not. I mean, if I meet someone through Playboy.

SB: So it could be a way of meeting a future husband.

LV: Right.

SB: But would you want to marry a man who meets you--

LV: Through Playboy?

SB: Yes--would you want to marry the kind of guy who would meet you through Playboy?

LV: I don't know. I'm really learning. I'm exploring that right now. A lot of people, you know, e-mail me. I've had people send me letters, "I'm a Jewish doctor and I graduated with this degree from Yale." Or, "My son, my Jewish son, one goes to Princeton and the other goes to Stanford. And you know, they're Jewish and single." It's so funny, the e-mails and the mail that I get from Jewish men who would love to date me. "Meet me in Pittsburgh, we'll go to a game, we'll go out to dinner."

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