Moshe Feiglin repudiates Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” event in Jerusalem
By Bernie Quigley
For The Hill on 7/20/11
Glenn Beck plans to hold a “Restoring Courage” event in Israel on August 24th. The title incredibly assumes that his Israeli audience used to have courage but now does not so he will bring it back to them. From Beck’s site:”Now is the time to Stand and Restore Courage. We ask those of you who value freedom, honor and faith to travel to Israel and stand with Glenn Beck and leaders from around the world with one united voice.”
Initially he intended to hold his event at Temple Mount but fears prompted a move to the Mount of Olives, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"I invite you to join us," Beck said recently to a gathering of influential Israeli conservatives, quoting the Scroll of Ruth. "Your nation is my nation and your God is my God.”
But apparently not all Israelis want to be restored by Beck.
Moshe Feiglin, leader of Manhigut Yehudit, the Jewish Leadership Movement, which seeks authentic Jewish leadership for Israel, writes this week in Arutz Sheva, and Israeli news outlet, “As Glenn Beck is not in the process of conversion to Judaism, it is impossible to understand his quote from the Scroll of Ruth as meaning, ‘I am joining you.’ Apparently, the real meaning of his words is ‘I am replacing you.’"
“As long as Glenn Beck and his friends support Israel from the outside, understanding that your nation is your nation and my nation is my nation; that your god is your god and my G-d is my G-d, all is well and good and it is important to cooperate with them. But when it turns out that the agenda is actually replacement theology; a theology that aims to bring waves of Christian aliyah here and to use the Jewish renaissance in Israel as a springboard to a Christian renaissance – I cannot lend it the legitimacy of Manhigut Yehudit.
“Glenn Beck speaks a lot about our obligation to tell the truth, so let us do just that: The Temple Mount is the home of the Holy Temple of the Jews – exclusively. All the non-Jews who understand that are invited to come to the Temple Mount (in the area where they are permitted according to Jewish law) to pray to the Master of the Universe, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Esau and Ishmael have their own holy places. Please honor our exclusive sovereignty over Jerusalem, including our spiritual sovereignty, just as we respect your spiritual sovereignty in your lands.”