'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.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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