Every revolution has its Jewish moment, and Glenn Beck’s call to “restore honor” is no exception. Beck, who with Sarah Palin on Saturday drew a huge crowd to the Lincoln Memorial in the National Mall in Washington, focused his revival call on bringing back faith to America, and nothing says faith more than having a Jewish rabbi alongside Christian clergy on the stage.
On the night before his mass rally, which according to estimates was attended by more than 100,000 participants, Beck chose the nearby Kennedy Center for his preview event — “America’s Divine Destiny.” The event featured a long list of conservative Christian leaders, including Pastor John Hagee, who also leads the pro-Israel Christians United for Israel, and one rabbi — Daniel Lapin.
Lapin, who was described in a 2005 Washington Post profile as “the Republicans’ rabbi in arms,” is known for his close ties with the conservative branch of the Republican Party and has won national recognition because of another close friend of his — disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Lapin was not only a personal friend of Abramoff, he was also mentioned in numerous email exchanges in which the former lobbyists, who has just completed a three-and-a-half-year prison term for fraud, corruption and conspiracy, discussed using accounts belonging to Lapin’s foundation in order to hide funds received from clients.