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.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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