It didn’t take long after meeting infamous Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to broach the subject of pornography.
“She doesn’t believe that Playboy is pornographic — she considers it art. I respectfully disagree,” says Boteach, a celebrity holy man and author of 30 books, including the best-selling “Kosher Sex.”
The unlikely duo first got together in a Malibu, Calif., coffeehouse in 2016, after being introduced by a mutual friend, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who is a neighbor of Anderson’s in Malibu.
“Shmuley was curious to know how my public and private image were polar opposites — he wanted to recognize the good things in me — and the conversation began there,” Anderson tells The Post over email.
The two ended up connecting and discovering they shared strong opinions on what pornography has done to culture. In the summer of 2016, with Anthony Weiner in the headlines, they co-authored a withering op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the perils of porn, declaring it a “public hazard.” They went on to give a joint lecture at Oxford University, with more than 1,000 people lining up to see the odd couple. Penning a book together seemed like the next logical step.
In “Lust for Love,” out next week, Anderson, 50, and Boteach, 51, write of how meaningful, passionate sex is on the decline, and call for a new “sensual revolution” that emphasizes connecting with partners in the bedroom.