As we get closer to the three Restoring Courage events in Jerusalem, media outlets around the world are covering Glenn's travels and the support that Glenn is getting from people throughout the world. The latest? An Israeli paper has picked up on Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger blessing of the event, as well a campus group organizing support for the event.
Arutz Sheva reports:
Speaking to Rabbi Metzger, Beck described the event as a “gathering of people fromall over the world who wish to stand for Israel and for the Jewish people.”
As he did when he addressed members of Knesset, Beck said he was inspired by the words of Biblical Ruth, who followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Israel from Moab and promised her that “Your people shall be my people and your G-d shall be my G-d.”
“That’s what needs to be said,” Beck told Rabbi Metzger. “We need to say that, so we are gathering together.”
Beck asked Rabbi Metzger to take part in the rally and deliver the Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, to which Rabbi Metzger agreed.
“I thank you and I appreciate your visit,” the rabbi told Beck. “[I appreciate] what you’ve done, what you do and what you will do to our holy land and our nation because we are suffering from bad public relations.”
Earlier this week it was announced that Herman Cain, a Tea Party candidate for president, plans to join Beck in the rally.
Meanwhile, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reports on campus organizing and support for the event:
Conservative political activist and former Fox News commentator Glenn Beck might be the common thread, but "Restoring Courage" event organizers say the message is bipartisan: Support Israel.
Boaz Witbeck, founder of American-Israeli Alliance, a pro-Israel student group based at Arizona State University West, is working to organize a pro-Israel rally on ASU's Tempe campus on Aug. 24. The event is open to the community, and Witbeck said he expects more community members than students.
Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky, spiritual leader of Beth El Congregation, and Pastor Eddy Paul Morris, Arizona director of Christians United for Israel, will speak at the rally, named Restoring Courage ASU. The gathering will culminate with a viewing party of Beck's Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem that will have taken place earlier in the day.
Witbeck, the former vice president of College Republicans at ASU West, said that he has invited a number of local politicians - both Republicans and Democrats - to speak, but as of Aug. 8, none had accepted an invitation.
Lavinsky said he plans to talk about the Jewish connection to Israel and the moral imperative of supporting Israel, "a democracy in a part of the world which is essentially an ethical cesspool."
Read the full story about ASU here