Glenn celebrates Yom Kippur with a story of “courage and human dignity for all the world”

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There's a little-known story from 1944. A group of Hungarian Jews attached to a German battalion that was retreating in 1944 and it was on this day that they were ordered to clean and dig trenches. They were being used as human mine detectors.

So on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Nazi commander, knowing that this was the holiest day of the year, that this was the day of the fast, this is the day that Moses came down from the mountain and saw what they had done. They were worshiping a God, a false God. And so they had to cleanse themselves and purify themselves. This is the time of the year that the Jews believe that you have to get your house in order for 40 days. You review the year and you look at all the things that you've done wrong and then God sets it right. You atone and then God sets it right and then He charts the next year for you.

I've known the story of Yom Kippur and I know the day of atonement and I love this holiday for the Jewish people. I think this is one of these holidays that we as Christians should not have brushed off. This is really a great holiday.

And I've known this for a long time, but I just had this feeling that this year is different. I have a feeling that we're kind of being locked in to where we are right now. This is kind of the idea behind this holiday, is you're kind of locked in. Wherever you are today, God is making that contract and saying, okay, this is the year. This is where you're going now. And whether you atone or not, you're kind of locked in. So if you are in sync with him, great. If not, you're going to spend the next year with Him trying to reminded you, you've got to get in sync with Me. He's going to bless you one way another. It's just that the blessings kind of suck because they're for your own good, as my mother used to say.

So it's 1944. This German battalion, they're taking all of these Jews and they're using them to search for mines. They're starving. But this Nazi commander knows that they have to fast on this day. And he said, anybody who is fasting is going to be shot.

So on Yom Kippur, it began to rain. They're on the Polish/Slovokian border and they're working and they're looking for mines. They're digging trenches. And they're always starving, but on this day, they choose not to eat. And as they're given their meager rations, the prisoners spill their coffee as they run into the gullies. And they take their bread, which is stale and moldy, and they stuff it into their pockets. Those who had memorized the Yom Kippur prayers said them. And as the sun was setting, and they were preparing to break their fast, they were confronted by the German commander who knew they had fasted. And he said instead of execution, we're going to have some fun, boys.

And he told them to climb a mountain. And then he forced them to slide down the side of this mountain on their stomachs. They were tired. They were soaked. They were emaciated. And they had to climb up and down this mountain 10 times. And their clothing was ripped, their stomachs were ripped. But they lived.

That soggy, muddy Yom Kippur night should be a sign of courage and human dignity for all the world, but most of the world doesn't know about what happened on that hillside. What happened on that hillside because he kept making them go up and telling them to slide down. And they kept doing it. And this German commander realized, I cannot break their will.

I wonder how many of them as they were climbing up that mountain thought of themselves a little bit like Moses. And it made them stronger, as Moses climbed up that hill. And then slid down his mountain to see what was waiting for him at the bottom.

Seeing that he couldn't break their will, he decided he would let them live another day.

Yom Kippur is the day that God decides who's going to live, who's going to die. Who is in His time and who is before His time. We are supposed to atone, ask for forgiveness, clean the slate and start again.

Can you imagine if America, Jewish, Christian, atheist, Muslim, everybody -- if we just this weekend said: You know what, I'm really sorry. I'm sorry for the pain that I've caused. I'm sorry for the things that I have done wrong. I'm sorry for the things that I didn't do that I should have, and I'm sorry for the things I did do that I shouldn't have. I'm sorry that I was just not awake yet. I'm sorry that I'm still not wide enough awake but I'm getting there.

'I'm sorry that I have lied to myself and said that I'm not capable of doing it. I'm sorry that I have blamed other people for my faults, my mistakes. I'm sorry that I tried to shift the blame. I'm sorry that I just didn't have a positive attitude. I'm sorry that I was looking at things and seeing the glass half-empty. I'm sorry I stood by and did nothing while others suffered.

Not another day. Not another day. I may have misread my entire life incorrectly. I may -- this might be the day that I was born again. This might be the day.

And God says, This is the day that you can start all over again. And I will bless you for that. I will take you and write you in the book that matters and this year is going to be your year.

I don't know why I have connected with this story this year more than I usually have. I just love the tradition of it. But this year, I think we are making a contract. I don't know why and I don't even know what that means. Just something in my gut says we're making a contract. Where you are right now spiritually, where you are right now mentally, where you are good or bad, where you are, a contract is being made.

I urge you, as the sun goes down today, and Yom Kippur begins, I urge you, take an inventory of your life. I urge you to take this weekend. It's the holiest weekend of the year for the Jewish people. We all come from the Jewish traditions. Even the Muslims come from -- everybody but atheists -- well, I shouldn't say that, because they just -- they just don't know it yet.

But we all come from the Jewish traditions. This is one worth remembering. This one is worth saying, help us chart a course for the next 12 months, because it's going to be a remarkable 12 months. I don't know what happens, I don't know what comes, but it's going to be a remarkable 12 months. And let me say this to the Jewish people. You are not alone.

I want you to take on this holiest of holy days, on a day when Germany and Angela Merkle has said that they are going to they're going to put guards, troops around every synagogue. Think of that. Troops around every synagogue in Germany. They are worried about the safety of the Jews again in Germany. Later on in the program, I hope to get to a little bit of the essence, the beginnings of never Again. but some of us have said that and some of us actually mean it. Never again.

It doesn't mean that we're not going to go through those horrors again, but this time hopefully there will be more of us that go through it together. More of us that will say, not on my watch. More of us that will actually care about our fellow human being, even though we're different from one another. I would love to see more Christians trying to save the Jews' souls. I'd like to see more Christians try to save their own souls.

By actually standing up for the Rights of people to live and to follow the dictate of their own spirit. Never again.

Israel, know that means exactly what you think it means to millions of non-Jews. You're not alone.

Happy Yom Kippur.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke's disgusting and obviously-staged political stunt during a press conference about the Ross Elementary School massacre is just another of the many ways that prove the man is "human trash," Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere agreed on the radio program Thursday.

"Beto is human trash. He is scum. He is the scum of the earth, the lowest form of humanity our society can produce," Stu said in response to a video clip of O'Rourke heckling Gov. Greg Abbott in the middle of an update on the tragic mass killing in Uvalde. "This was obviously staged from the beginning ... clearly planned. Even CBS News pointed it out it was blatantly a staged event. And this guy [O'Rourke], because he wants more power and more money, decided that this event was about him. He wanted to make the [deaths] of 19 children and teachers all about Beto O'Rourke because he is human scum. He is the worst form of life imaginable on this Earth."

Democrats like O'Rourke have been quick to use the tragic deaths of 19 children to advance their own pro-gun law political agendas, particularly "red flag" laws that would empower courts to take guns away from "potentially dangerous" people

"You want a solution? Stop selling AR-15s in the state of Texas. You want a solution? Have universal background checks. We don't have them. You want a solution? Red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders, which stop a shooting before it happens," O'Rourke shouted after being escorted out of the press conference.

Glenn wasn't buying O'Rourke's "righteous indignation," especially as his own resurfaced writings qualify as the "ultimate red flag for any red flag law." As a teen, O'Rourke wrote about hacking, overthrowing the government, and, most disturbingly, murdering children by running over them with his car.

Glenn read an excerpt from a fiction O'Rourke wrote when he was 15 years old:

[O]ne day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.

"Dangerous, right? Nothing good's going to come of this. According to Reuters, those are the teenage writings of Beto O'Rourke," Glenn said. "The state of Texas should be very aware and not allow [O'Rourke] to buy a gun because of this. This guy, this guy, and his righteous indignation — give it a rest, bud. Give it a rest."

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Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun laws are NOT the answer, urges schools to arm teachers

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In the wake of the unspeakably grievous mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many on the left are calling for increased gun control measures, but without specifying exactly what legislation could have prevented the horrifying event. Attorney General Ken Paxton says gun laws are not the answer. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail specific measures he believes could stop similar school atrocities in the future: arming teachers.

Paxton told Glenn that Texas has already put laws in place that allow schools to opt in to training and arming teachers as either a marshal or under the guardian program.

"We passed laws when I was in the Texas Senate, I think it was 2013, that would have helped greatly. There's no way that law enforcement can get to every location as fast as they would need to," Paxton said.

Glenn interjected, "I'll tell you, I went to a school where my son was playing football ... and there were signs all over. 'Beware. Teachers are armed. We take the Second Amendment and the protection of our students seriously.' It was so clear — not doing anything here. That's the way to do it."

"Yes," Paxton agreed. "I think that's the way it should be. I mean, these people [shooters], they know they're safe, at least until law enforcement gets there, to accomplish their goals. And we're going to keep seeing this happen until we decide as a state ... to protect these kids," he added.

"It's ridiculous for the Biden administration to suggest that this kid who decided to violate the murder laws would [think], 'Oh. Wait a minute, there's a gun law. I can't do this. I wouldn't violate gun laws.' It's law-abiding citizens that follow the law," Paxton continued. "Second, we have a fentanyl crisis that the Biden administration has presumably invited and we've had over 100, 000 people that overdosed and died from fentanyl. [...] Why isn't the Biden administration so concerned about the hundred and something thousand people that died from overdoses because they opened up the border and allowed fentanyl to come across?"

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In the wake of the horrific Buffalo shooting, the left-wing media tried to paint all conservatives as subscribers to “replacement theory” — the idea that immigrants are taking over to such an extent that they will destroy white Western civilization. Of course, no serious conservative believes in this ugly, racist, dangerous ideology, but there is a ton of ACTUAL replacement going on, and it has nothing to do with immigration or racism.

What we saw yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, is more dark horrific evidence of the only replacement theory that ultimately matters because it affects everything. We’ve replaced God in society. Glenn argues it’s why gun control is ultimately useless — even though he completely understands our human impulse to DO something. While our culture has replaced God for rot, the Biden White House and Democrats are also working overtime to replace key elements of American political, legal, economic, and cultural life.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin of “LevinTV” tells Glenn why Media Matters' latest hit job on him over his Uvalde coverage is pathetic. “Stop pushing God out of the public square” is not a radical concept to help prevent evil from taking hold in our schools. He also takes on the Democrats’ attempts to destroy the Supreme Court, voting rights, and the separation of powers.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey of “Relatable” tells Glenn why she believes the Uvalde shooting reveals how we are failing young men in this country and what we must do to stop the replacement theory that threatens to keep an entire generation from becoming a benefit to society.

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Glenn Beck addressed the incomprehensibly tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on the radio program Wednesday, saying it's time to stop with the politics, from both sides, and focus on healing a nation that is tearing itself apart.

"It pains me to think about the political garbage that has happened in the last 12 hours," Glenn began. "I believe that we are on the verge of losing our nation, and the reason why we're about to lose our nation is the same reason some kid walked into an elementary school and shot and killed people. It's not the guns ... it's our society."

Glenn called the tragedies plaguing our nation' —kids shooting kids, committing suicide, dying from fentanyl, joining gangs, and suffering from depression and loneliness — are symptoms of a greater sickness.

"Where's the value of human life? The hatred that is being poured down our throats, the class division, the racism — make no mistake, it is intentional," he stated. "The best way to destroy a nation is to cut it apart. ... In our society, where are the ethics? What are ethics? It's your truth versus my truth. There is no absolute truth. And in a world where there is no truth, who gets to be God? Well, it depends on which group you're in I guess."

Glenn said America’s underlying problem is "a rotting in our soul" and until we "live in a nation that is willing to even recognize that there is something bigger than the self, and it has nothing to do with government, we'll never fix this problem."

"Let's not make this about Democrats and Republicans. Let's just make this about what the hell is going on because everything in our society is falling apart," he said. "And until you're willing to have that conversation, the rest of it is bullcrap."

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