Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi to Glenn Beck: ‘G-d will bless you for what you did’

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It’s T minus twelve days until Glenn Beck’s big End Times powwow in Jerusalem (an event he has predicted “will change the direction of the world”), and the wing-nuts are coming out of the, well, wings to support it.  Tea Bagger-turned-Presidential candidate Herman Cain is set to attend, and everyone from Rick Santorum to Ted Nugent to Mad Michelle Bachmann have offered their blessings.  And now? 

Glenn Beck has reached deep into the central-casting closet and pulled out a rabbi — and not just any rabbi, but Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Yona Metzger — to perform the prayer for the State of Israel at the rally.  Never mind that Metzger has been implicated in bribery, groping, and sexual harrasment scandals.  Or that he advised “transferring” Palestinians living in Gaza to the Sinai peninsula, where they could enjoy “a wonderful new modern country with trains, buses, cars, like in Arizona.”  When it comes to these characters, Zionism is next to Godliness.  And Glenn Beck is next to saintliness.

Herewith, the magic moment when Beck convinced Rabbi Metzger to join his Restoring Courage crusade.  Klezmer soundtrack courtesy of GBTV.

(Note: All evidence to the contrary, this is not a long-lost Annie Hall outtake. No matter how many times you blink, rub your eyes, or look away and look back, the man in the black hat does not turn into Woody Allen.)

About Lizzy Ratner

Lizzy Ratner is a journalist in New York City. She is a co-editor with Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss of The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict.

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  1. Dan Crowther
    August 12, 2011, 3:47 pm

    hahahaha!!! WOW. Is that Glenn Beck or Walter Sobchak ( John Goodman) from the Big Lebowski……

    Glenn doesnt roll on Shabbos!! Shomer Fckin Shobbos!!!

  2. Charon
    August 12, 2011, 5:00 pm

    LOL! Glenn Beck fakes his tears. Saw a video about it. Wondering if he is really that dumb or is playing Stephen Colbert because some of the underlying messages have some truth, just not in the way he is conveying. Nevermind

    Even if you believe the kingdom of David and Solomon was real and took up much of modern day Israel/Palestine, it still didn’t control the area of the Gaza strip according to most maps. That area was designated as Philistine.

    • Hostage
      August 13, 2011, 8:05 am

      Even if you believe the kingdom of David and Solomon was real . . .

      They were the Beverly Hillbillies of Palestine. Phoenicians, Canaanites, Punic, Philistines, and Carthaginians are names used by other cultures to refer to the non-Jewish inhabitants of the coastal plain and their diaspora descendants.

  3. justicewillprevail
    August 12, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Glen Beck must be ecstatic. He has found an audience so susceptible to demagoguery and propaganda, so steeped in it for the last sixty years, that they believe his every word! Clearly he can’t wait for the Rapture, as he appears to harbour ambitions that he might be the Second Coming. What a perfect match – a Looney Tunes marriage made in heaven. Can’t wait for the show, should be the reality TV event of the century, as Glen gets to play the Glorious Leader. LOL

  4. Leper Colonialist
    August 12, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Americans, not so much?

  5. Debonnaire
    August 12, 2011, 7:11 pm

    Beck is the best thing that could ever happen to the Palestinians. This Beck Loves Israel Tour should be highlighted to the max. Every nominally liberal PEP Jew and their hangers-on should be innundated with Beckmania.

    • mudder
      August 12, 2011, 7:31 pm

      Exactly.

    • DICKERSON3870
      August 12, 2011, 9:42 pm

      Mondoweiss should have a countdown clock to remind us when it is time to “tune in” to GodTV! I’m confident they will have live coverage of Beck’s Restoring Courage rally.
      Turn on, tune in, drop out – link to en.wikipedia.org

      • DICKERSON3870
        August 12, 2011, 10:11 pm

        P.S. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN: “If you cannot join Glenn physically in Israel, you can watch all the events on GBTV – Glenn’s new online streaming video network.”

        P.P.S. Suck on that, GodTV!

      • Taxi
        August 12, 2011, 10:51 pm

        I’d rather take bad LSD and poke my eyeballs with a trident than watch that godawful racist shmuky event.

      • DICKERSON3870
        August 13, 2011, 5:38 pm

        Do you know where I can get some really, really bad* LSD?
        I would also like to find an apartment in an old building on a quiet street with a French window overlooking a glass canopy several stories below.
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        ENTIRE FILM IN 4 PARTS (WARNING: You’ll never be the “same”!) – link to youtube.com

        P.S. “Too subtle for mass audiences.” ~ Pauline Kael, 1976

    • Dan Crowther
      August 12, 2011, 9:52 pm

      WORD.

  6. DICKERSON3870
    August 12, 2011, 7:22 pm

    RE: “Glenn Beck has reached deep into the central-casting closet and pulled out a rabbi_” ~ Lizzy Ratner

    QUOTATION: “Language is the barrier of the imagination.” ~ Robert Wilson

    Absolute Wilson 2006 NR 104 minutes
    This provocative documentary from Katharina Otto pays homage to famed stage designer Robert Wilson, who overcame childhood learning disabilities growing up in Waco, Texas, and rose to become one of the most respected avant-garde artists in late 1960s New York. As much a tale of social injustice as a portrait of an artist, this mix of interviews and live performance is testimony to how Wilson’s early challenges influenced his creative expression.
    Cast: David Byrne, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Philip Glass
    Director: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
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  7. annie
    August 12, 2011, 7:55 pm

    hysterical beck video!

  8. annie
    August 12, 2011, 8:05 pm

    here’s haaretz:

    • Shingo
      August 13, 2011, 9:33 am

      Wow, nice find Annie,

      No doubt Metzger will insist that we’ve only heard one side of that story too. Oh, that and the fact he didn’t start it, but was merely “reacting”.

  9. Keith
    August 12, 2011, 8:20 pm

    “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” (Lily Tomlin)

  10. DICKERSON3870
    August 12, 2011, 10:00 pm

    SOMEWHAT RELATED: The New Way to Buy an Election: Praying for Votes, by David Rosen, Counterpunch, 08/12/11

    (excerpts)…On Saturday, August 6th, with the temperature in Houston hitting 100°, an estimated 25,000 souls flocked to the Reliant Stadium to attend “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” It was ostensibly organized for Americans to ask God to guide the nation’s leaders during these times of economic travail…
    …[Rick] Perry, along with many of the evangelical Christian political movement, is part of what has long been recognized as the punitive tendency within religion. This tendency is evident in the other Abrahamic faiths, both Judaism and Islam. It is stridently monotheistic, seeking to repress the body and its sexual desires, suppress women, deny homoeroticism and reinforce patriarchal authority.
    The Response gathering was sponsored by a number of conservative Christian groups…
    …However, the stalking horses behind the event were the rightwing Christian leaders, Bryan Fischer and John Hagee. Fischer has a revealing background, one that would make Goebbels proud: he directs Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA); he hosts Focal Point on American Family Radio; and blogs at the AFA’s Rightly Concerned, which official sponsored the gathering; more troubling, he has repeatedly come out against gays and Muslims. Hagee is undergoing a political reincarnation; after his debacle with John McCain during the 2008 election (he called the Catholic Church “the great whore” and referred to Hurricane Katrina as “God’s punishment” of New Orleans), he is founder and senior pastor of San Antonio’s nondenominational Cornerstone Church; he also serves as CEO of the “non-profit” Global Evangelism Television (GETV) service.
    Perry, like many of his backers and within the Christian right, speaks for a new version of a very old mean-spirited, intolerant Christianity. Such intolerance is rooted in the very founding of the nation and its accompanying religious wars. These wars began against the Native peoples and were as much about property as race and belief…

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to counterpunch.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      August 12, 2011, 10:29 pm

      P.S. Meet the Archangel GayBriel as he begins God’s mission to give guidance to all the Republican Presidential Candidates praying to him for help in making the difficult to decision about running for President against the Great Satin Obama.
      GAYbriel’s Mission: Sarah Palin (Part One) –
      link to youtube.com
      GAYbriel’s Mission: Sarah Palin (Part Two) –

  11. DICKERSON3870
    August 12, 2011, 10:25 pm

    RE: ‘G-d will bless you for what you did’ ~ Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Yona Metzger

    WHICH IS CORRECT: G-d or G_d? “Enquiring mimes want to know.”

    • Hostage
      August 13, 2011, 8:21 am

      WHICH IS CORRECT: G-d or G_d? “Enquiring mimes want to know.”

      Neither. The commandment which says not to take God’s name in vain is based upon the sense of the word “name” (in both English and Hebrew) of authority, i.e. stop in the name of the law! It means don’t be a false prophet and claim God told you to say something, unless God literally put the words in your mouth. Rabbis and other religious leaders attribute nonsense to God all of the time and compensate by paying fake reverence, avoiding the use of names mentioned in scripture, or even the word God. Duh! It’s just another pointless manifestation of religious superstition.

      • Samuel
        August 13, 2011, 1:11 pm

        Hostage – I don’t know what Hebrew school you attended, but you missed out on the lesson about G-d G_d god God.

        It’s nothing to do with not taking the lord’s (L-rd’s, etc) name in vain, that commandment is about falsely taking an oath invoking god’s (etc) name or vowing using god’s name.

        The origin of not spelling god in full is based on the verse concerning erasing all references to other gods, immediately followed by an injunction not do do “likewise to your god”, i.e. erasing your god. Thus it became custom not to write god’s name in full in case you might come to erase it in error later on. This of course only applied to the Hebrew names of god, which is why god’s name is not written as yhwh aside from the original biblical text. Only later did it extend to the English texts.

    • Shmuel
      August 13, 2011, 9:01 am

      WHICH IS CORRECT: G-d or G_d? “Enquiring mimes want to know.”

      I believe the correct spelling in this case is G$d.

      • Dan Crowther
        August 13, 2011, 1:17 pm

        Hahaha. Once again Shmuel cuts through all the bullsht and drives the point home brilliantly.

      • DICKERSON3870
        August 13, 2011, 3:59 pm

        RE: “I believe the correct spelling in this case is G$d.” ~ Shmuel

        MY REPLY: Praise be to Ya_weh/Al_ah (Ya-weh/Al-ah)!

        P.S. I vaguely recall reading somewhere a few years ago that there was a proposal to project advertisements after dark onto the Western (Wailing) Wall.

  12. Taxi
    August 12, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Shudder and shiver-me-timbers: I’m sorry to say but religious deputies on film give me the heebeejeebeez.

    After an exceedingly long minute of watching, I couldn’t make my mind up who I wanted to slap some sense into first: Glen thingy or that priapic Rabbi Yona Metzger.

    What disgusting scum! And all those holy-guacamole gold-leafed cups/goblets/grails (whatever you wanna call ‘em) piled up there inside gleaming glass cupboards – I mean what the heck’s that about?! What a weird sense of decor.

    I tell ya I can’t stand to see religious heads wearing dry-cleaned silks and over-groomed beards, surrounding themselves with gold and bodyguards – it positively enrages me to max aaaaarrrrrrgh!

    What rip-off merchants! I can’t believe people like that have actual followers and buyers.

    The biggest problem that humanity suffers from apparently is STUPIDITY!

    When we gonna address this insidious and dangerous condition?

    • CigarGod
      August 13, 2011, 9:16 am

      Right on!
      Now that you are here, all I have to do is drink coffee, smoke cigars and let you do my talking.

  13. Bumblebye
    August 12, 2011, 10:47 pm

    I’d love to see a cartoon of Beck wearing donkey ears and tail, braying at his podium, while in a corner there’s Ovadia Yosef lecturing his flock that he’s a champion goy ass.
    Going back to science fiction, it reminds me of one of Robert Heinlein’s many timelines in the Methuselah’s Children series of books, where the USA is taken over by such a mad theocracy as seems to be coming.

  14. john h
    August 13, 2011, 12:02 am

    You heard it from Rabbi Metzger:

    “We are suffering a lot about, from bad public relations about us. People who come and they get the information true, what happened here, opened their eyes the first time in their life, because always they only hear one side. When they see a picture, and they don’t know the answer, and when they hear what is going on…”

    This man is a veritable prophet! That is in fact what happens to a growing number from their first visit. They have only heard one side, and then when they go and find out and see firsthand what is going on there, it does open their eyes.

    Traumatic yet freeing, their experience can mean they return as changed people with a new purpose. What is there cannot be hidden, or rationalized unless the preconceptions are set in concrete.

  15. ToivoS
    August 13, 2011, 5:10 am

    I have been hoping for this Beck clown show for some time. To be sure there will be millions of Christian Zionists moved to orgasm over this assembly. Desperate Israeli Zionist will see it as affirmation of American support. But what will liberal American Jews think? And will they draw the obvious conclusion that their beloved Israel has gone stark raving mad?

  16. thankgodimatheist
    August 13, 2011, 7:51 am

    I’m proud of myself. I made it to 1:24 without barfing..Couldn’t guarantee I wouldn’t beyond that.

    • Shmuel
      August 13, 2011, 7:57 am

      Good for you, TGIA. I watched to the end, and blew a brand new smarmometer.

    • annie
      August 13, 2011, 9:11 am

      i had to watch the whole thing because i thought he might do his crying act at the end.

      • justicewillprevail
        August 13, 2011, 10:24 am

        Oh there will be plenty of that at the rally, a veritable crying game, as Beak simpers melodramatically and flutters his eyelashes at the rabbis.

        Such a bizarre title too: restoring courage. So that was the problem, Israelis and the fundamentalists had lost their courage? And Becky is the one to restore it? Good grief, they cannot be serious. This must be a pscyhoanalyst’s dream, or a cheap Hollywood B film: ex alcoholic utters banalities a la Forrest Gump, gets taken for a prophet, and then anoints himself a messiah. Are we sure his name is not Brian?

      • Taxi
        August 13, 2011, 11:52 am

        LOL the zio-brigade are panicking. The Palestinians have just announced their date for their Declaration of Statehood.

        September 20th, 2011.

        That’s in exactly FOUR WEEK AND FOUR DAYS.

        By now, clearly, the two words: Apartheid and israel, are very strongly associated together in the minds of world citizenry. (Thank you internet, the living-breathing alternative to mainstreammedia). EVERYONE in zio-thinktanks and zio Bridge and Bingo Clubs, well they’re all soiling their unmentionables at their grim insomniac gatherings, freaking out that soon after the Palestinians declare their statehood, yap soon after that, them two words: Apartheid and israel, WILL BECOME INSEPARABLE!

        They know it’s rapidly downhill from thereon. Some of them were even in South Africa when Apartheid collapsed. They’ve seen this movie before and they’ve even bought the T-shirt.

        The current pulse of the direction of Apartheid isreal? It’ a runaway train heading towards an unseen wall in the middle of a dark tunnel. That’s where zionists are right now. That’s where all fascist societies find themselves eventually.

        With the desperate explosion of illegal settlements building underway, especially in Jerusalem, we can clearly sense that the isrealis themselves know that they’re living in their 11th hour.

        No crystal ball can reveal us what the day after the 12th hour will look like. But multiples of various national and international intelligence agencies predict the eventual demise of israel.

        I hazard to predict here that if a regional war breaks out within a year (Natanyahu taking advantage of USA elections, etc, the usual opportunely timed swindle), this regional war would be the very thing that would unite the disparate Arab rebellions . Perhaps even push the region’s people as a collective into further independence from despotic hanger-on violent rulers, a well as independence from the iron grip of the west that is currently in the process of strangling the Arab Spring.

        The west plus saudi arabia and israel have so far succeeded in sabotaging UNITY between the various Arab Spring populations in different countries. The Arab freedom-lovers across the vast Arabian-influenced region, are in a state of disunity. That’ why their progress is so painfully slow. This is how the axis of evil (listed above) is managing to ‘contain’ the Arab Spring.

        But can they stop it? Especially if a regional war with israel breaks out? Will the rulers of saudi arabia be safe if they gave succor and assistance to idf air-force? Can all the evils of the axis of evil stop the SPIRIT of the Arab Spring from spreading? Even into their own cities and street?

        Can a rocky side of a mountain stop an emerging drop of water from breaking through and forming a waterfall?

        Na-ah, I don’t think so. I’ve seen water breaking through stone with my own eyes.

  17. john h
    August 13, 2011, 5:38 pm

    “What is there cannot be hidden, or rationalized unless the preconceptions are set in concrete.” “them two words: Apartheid and israel, WILL BECOME INSEPARABLE!”

    The above was written here yesterday; within a day we learn what Stephen Robert has just said:

    “As a Jew who has been an ardent supporter of Israel since its independence, it pains me to record what I saw there. But it is my love for Israel and for the Jewish people that drives me to speak out at this treacherous time.

    What I witnessed in the West Bank—home to about 2.5 million Palestinians and 400,000 Israeli settlers—exceeded my worst expectations.

    While the world’s statesmen have dithered, Israel has created a system of apartheid on steroids, a horrifying prison.

    From this physical segregation—one land for Israelis; another, unequal land for Palestinians—flows a torrent of misery, violence and human rights abuses.”

  18. nik7d
    September 26, 2011, 3:22 pm

    if anyone is still listening:
    what other noteworthy Ashkenazi Jews are financing Beck, Metzger and all?

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