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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