'There's a boogeyman named Glenn Beck': Rabbi explains how he and Glenn overcame their differences and became friends

Over the course of the last several months you may have noticed several guests on Glenn’s radio and television programs that can only be characterized as ‘strange bedfellows.’ Glenn has been discussing the importance of finding common ground with people of all backgrounds and ideologies in order to work to make this country a better place. On this morning’s radio program, Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, joined Glenn to discuss the power of finding commonality in the most unlikely places.

To begin, Glenn explained how he first met Kula. A mutual friend, Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, introduced them about two years ago, and they have been friends ever since.

“I remember sitting down, thinking to myself, I don't think this rabbi is going to listen to me at all. But he did,” Glenn said. “He was kind, and I listened to him too. And we have become friends… I think our friendship, again, is proof that we don't have to agree on everything. We just have to agree on the principle of love and respect and decency.”

While Kula admitted that he initially believed he disagreed with Glenn on just about everything that hasn’t been the case lately.

“This is the place where you really can be honest – one of the few places in the media where you can be [honest]. If you had said to me three years ago your name, Glenn Beck… [I would have said], ‘What are you doing? Glenn Beck?’ 'There's a boogeyman named Glenn Beck,'” Kula explained. “[But] then you begin to sit with a human being. When you sit with a human being and look into their eyes and begin to have conversation with them and say ‘Oh, my God… This guy is so unbelievably soft-spoken. This guy listens more than he talks. This guy asks questions more than he has answers. This guy has a life story. I think I got to go home and rethink things.’”

As Kula explained, human beings change through the interpersonal relationships they create, and that is exactly what happened with their friendship. With that in mind, Glenn asked Kula how we can begin to encourage people to come together on the things that unite them.

“Look, if I had some magic solution, I would be part of the problem. First thing to say, there are no – I say that as a Jew – there are no final solutions to really important problems,” Kula said. “Here's where I really am conservative. There are small solutions that move the drama ahead. When we talk about culture, I'm always weary of large cultural solutions… It's going to sound so weird because I'm going to sound like you, but this is a problem of elites… What they do is control the narratives. They control the stories we hear, but there are so many other stories.”

“You can't coerce people into being like you. You can't coerce people into your values, but you can model in such a way people say, ‘These people look happy. Look how their families are. Look how they are living. Look how they take care of each other,’” he continued. “No one has a hold on how to love. It's happening in the communities that people are demonizing. It's happening in communities in which we disagree massively with people. It's happening all over. What we have to be is like curators of the good and then purveyors of the good.”

Kula will also be joining Glenn on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, and Glenn encouraged his listeners to tune in.

“I hope you give us an opportunity to get to know you and have the audience get to know you in the coming months through your friendship,” Glenn concluded.

Editor’s Note: Kula will also be joining Glenn on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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