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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Golden Calf!!

 A Guest Blogger today .... My Friend,  Heshy Rosenwasser.    An Accomplished writer, who has served in the IDF, performed in numerous Jersey Shore and New York area bands,  has written and edited for newspapers, publishers,  and currently for the Jewish Voice.  He blogs at http://about.me/TheHeshInc
(And I endorse his Analysis Ten Trillion percent !!!!)

However, as much as we recognize the need to show hakarat hatov (proper appreciation) for Glenn Beck’s work in generating support for Israel, the unquestioning zeal exhibited by many of his Jewish supporters raises a red flag that needs to be addressed ......

The people and state of Israel, and the Jewish community around the world, are mesmerized by the appearance of television commentator Glenn Beck in Jerusalem, both for his address to the Knesset and for his ‘Restoring Courage’ rally near the Temple Mount. Love him or hate him ~ it is impossible to avoid him!

Beck has been given the red-carpet treatment by Knesset member Danny Danon, who showed him around the country and invited him to speak before the Knesset’s Immigration and Absorption Committee. Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger has gone so far as blessing Beck’s rally.

Have we gone mad?

We have been beaten upside the head by years upon years of negative media punditry, often akin to blood libels ~ not to mention boycotts, divestments, sanctions, solidarity movements, ‘apartheid’ walls, flotillas, flytillas, UN resolutions, nuclear threats, and good-old-fashioned wars and terrorism ~ that we have become slap-happy and punch-drunk. Any voice in the wilderness sounding a note of support to us comes as a breath of fresh air, and we welcome it with such ardour that we are willing to overlook potential faults and pitfalls .... namely, that his seemingly pure and good-hearted motives just barely conceal political agendas and religious ideologies that ought to give Jews much pause.

This has happened before.   After the bloody massacres perpetrated against the Jewish people by the Cossack Chmielnicki,  Messiah came. So many Jews had prayed for the arrival of the promised saviour that they were willing to accept Shabbetai Tzvi, despite his glaring inconsistencies and violations of Jewish tradition. And Martin Luther started his anti-Catholic Church career by publishing a screed that was on its surface friendly and sympathetic to the Jews, in the hopes that the Jews would convert to his new religion, the as-yet-undefined Protestantism. The outcome is well known: We did not convert, and Luther turned his full vehemence on us. The Jews of Germany during the Reformation played on Luther’s name, transliterating into Hebrew ~ Lo-Tahor ~ not clean. After such experiences, we Jews have earned the right to be more than a little suspicious.

First and foremost, Beck is an ENTERTAINER!!!! 

Make no mistake about it ~ as a TV host, an entertainer is ALL he is. He is not an elected official in any government. He is not an ordained clergyman of any faith. He represents nobody but himself, and perhaps the media conglomerates that employ him.

So the question must be posed ..... What in the world is a media figure doing addressing a legislative body? Has Oprah Winfrey ever addressed a joint session of Congress? How about Rush Limbaugh? Dennis Prager? Michael Savage?  Or even, for the liberally inclined, pre-Congressional Al Franken?  Anybody?

It is particularly galling that Beck, a non-Jewish entertainer, is given the Knesset podium as a bully pulpit when REAL Jewish teachers of REAL Torah ~ Rabbi Dov Lior and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of Sephardic elder sage Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ~ are arrested and thrown into jail. Have we resorted to defaming and imprisoning our rabbis, figures who ought to be respected and revered even if we disagree with their teachings, while deciding to take direction from a foreign entertainer just because he happens to make some noises in our favour?

And now that Beck has spoken before the Knesset and is given the green light in the staging of his ‘Courage’ rally, he believes he has earned the right to pontificate about all matters Israeli. Specifically, he has called the current ‘tent city’ protests in Tel Aviv and other locations the doing of ‘communists,’ calling into question the financing of these protests and suggesting a sinister connection between the protesters in Israel and world socialism ..... framing the whole matter in the context of the sort of anarchists who protest G-8 meetings, and squeezing the square peg of what should be an internal Israeli matter into the round hole of his us-and-them, liberal-versus-conservative worldview. Let him go on back to where he came from and stick to things he might actually know a thing or two about, and let Jews and Israelis handle Jewish and Israeli matters!!

The way so many Jews fawn on Glenn Beck is Appalling, regardless of how pro-Israel he positions himself. Equally disgusting is the knee-jerk manner in which Beck supporters (Jewish or otherwise) condemn anyone who dares dissent as a ‘liberal.’

Well, this avowedly nonliberal editor dares to dissent ..... on Jewish grounds!!!!

We are believers, the children of believers, and although we have no one to lean on other than Ha'Shem in Heaven, even believing Jews who ought to know better have found something less than Divine to believe in. We have made for ourselves nothing short of a new golden calf, substituting it for our holy Torah and the voices of those who teach it. There are seventy faces to the Torah, as our sages teach, but we seem to insist on adding a 71st from outside the fold.

And even if Beck were 100% sincere, without any hidden agendas, we would still be very wise to heed the words of King David , in Tehillim 146, 3-4, read by devout Jews every morning .... “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returns to his dust; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

Glenn Beck is a charismatic figure, a consummate actor and a master manipulator.  Please bear this in mind as you watch this video!!!!


  1. Heshy Wrote: "And even if Beck were 100% sincere, without any hidden agendas [sic* See Foot Note Below], we would still be very wise to heed the words of King David , in Tehillim 146, 3-4, read by devout Jews every morning .... 'Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returns to his dust; in that very day his thoughts perish.'"

    Greg Replied: Beck potentially brings good things to the table. The nagging question I have is: "Why? What's in it for him?"

    Until we know the answer to this question, accept what is good with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Don't get roped in.

    I am not yet convinced that you (Heshy) have entirely made a solid case for rejecting Beck in toto. But you and I AGREE that we suspect that he has a hidden agendum.

    My advice for anyone considering the Beck Question (Is Beck Benign or Malignant?) would be as follows: Do NOT suspend disbelief. Do NOT suspend critical thinking. Do NOT accept any gift that comes With Strings Attached. Finally, compare what Beck proposes to the benchmark of Truth that Gd has ALREADY given you- the Torah.

    If Beck is defective- or worse- another "Golden Calf" as Heshy implies, it will become OBVIOUS soon enough.

    That said, I now tip my hat and commend Heshy on an exceptionally well written and pithy exposé. The reader would do very well indeed to heed Heshy's words of warning.

    Editorial Foot Note: *Agendum* is singular. *Agenda* is plural.

  2. Glenn Beck is not asking people to believe in him, as Shabbetai Tzvi. He is not asking people to accept his religion, as Martin Luther. He is asking Americans to stand with Israel, and using his commedian/entertainer/pundit platform to reach millions who otherwise were unaware of the issues or of Israel's historic legitimacy. During the Mandate and Holocaust years while Britain and America betrayed Europe's Jews and the Balfour Declaration, the man-on-the-street knew nothing of it. The government and media suppressed this information. So now a commedian is standing up for Israel and reaching the common man -- something like CUFI, but Beck involves secular as well as christian listeners. He can't talk 24/7 without making errors. Please forgive these (such as the tent city) and pray for a good outcome to this highly visible event. Hashem spoke through Balaam's ass; He can speak through a commedian.

  3. Joy, what you are missing is some Christian inside baseball. Beck belongs to a sect which is theologically incompatible with EITHER Christianity OR Judaism. If he takes his religion as SERIOUSLY as he CLAIMS, then he is potentially dangerous and DEFINITELY has an agendum. If he is a simple Jack Mormon who doesn't believe a word of his religion, then he is a LIAR and a HYPOCRITE.

    Any way you slice it, Beck brings trouble to the table.

    But he also brings good things to the table....

    And hence, we have a dilemma.

    Think critically and question EVERYTHING he says- no matter what.

  4. Here is the response I wrote to the comments appearing on Arutz Sheva's modified op-ed. http://theheshinc.blogspot.com/2011/08/response-to-responders-to-my-glenn-beck.html