“Ask a Jew, Ask a Gentile” | Dennis Prager at the Reagan Library



By Michael Hernandez

SIMI VALLEY—“The United States is the second Israel—not a replacement Israel,” said Dennis Prager, 9 a.m.-12 noon radio host on KRLA AM870—the Answer, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Sunday afternoon event entitled “Ask a Jew, Ask a Gentile” which also featured Dr. Robert Jeffress of the 13,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and moderator Pastor Dudley Rutherford of the 12,000 member Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch (Los Angeles).

“Israel is God’s object lesson of His power to keep His promises,” said Pastor Robert Jeffress.   “God has blessed America because of her standing with Israel.  The best thing we can do for our nation is to stand by Israel.”  Dennis Prager said, “I love American Christians.  You are the blessing that the world does not recognize.” 

Prager and Jeffress disagreed on one’s journey to heaven which Jeffress called salvation “by faith” and Prager said was based on living a “good life.”  According to Jeffress, Christians “believe the way to salvation is not self-righteousness but through Christ righteousness.”   Jeffress added, Dennis “is an honest unbeliever.” Prager said he grew up in a Jewish ghetto in New York as an Orthodox Jew and believes that “God rewards good people.”

Prager asked the rhetorical question:  “Can works alone save you? I say ‘yes.’  You (Jeffress) say ‘no’.”  Prager said that the Levitical sacrificial system was more important to Christians than to Jews.  He also said for Jews, Jesus “Messianic claim was not a problem—the problem is His divinity claim.”  Jeffress responded by saying the evidence of His divinity was “Jesus fulfillment of 64 Biblical prophecies and by the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.”

Prager said that he judged others by “their results” (works) and was troubled by Christians belief that many would “go to hell” based by their lack of faith.  Jeffress responded:  “I believe in His word and that people without Christ are destined to death.”  Prager counter, “I do hope some people go to hell—like Hitler—otherwise God is not just.”

The “Ask a Jew, Ask a Gentile” event ended with a series or rapid-fire questions asked by moderator Dudley Rutherford:

  • “Will President Trump win a second term?”
    1. Jeffress: “Yes.”
    2. Prager: “He will.”
  • “Will a third temple be built in Jerusalem?”
    1. Jeffress: “Absolutely.”
    2. “Don’t think so.”
  • “Will a Republican governor be elected in California?”
    1. Prager: “Not in my lifetime or until California implodes.”
    2. Jeffress: “There is plenty of room for you in Texas.”
  • “Do Republicans or Democrats help Israel the most?”
    1. Prager: “More Republicans care about Israel. Jews have been poisoned by leftists.”
    2. Jeffress: “I don’t have a lot of use for Republicans or Democrats but we have a great president that has done more for Israel than any other president.”
  • “Does the land belong to Israel (in Middle East)?”
    1. Jeffress: “Yes.”
    2. Prager: “The land belongs to Israel.”
  • “What can you say about Holocaust deniers?”
    1. Prager: “They are pure evil.”
    2. Jeffress: “Absolutely right.”
  • “What do you think of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem?”
    1. Jeffress: “This is a proxy vote for who owns the homeland?  Israel can decide their capital?  The president understands Israel’s role in history.”
    2. Prager: “We have a president that doesn’t give a damn on what the New York Times says.”
  • “Is peace possible in the Middle East?”
    1. Jeffress: “Only when the Prince of Peace comes…but we can have a temporary peace.”
    2. Prager: “The only chance of peace is to destroy all weapons and pursue war no more.”

“I have been teaching the Torah for much of my adult life and have devoted decades to writing this explanation of, and commentary on, the Torah” writes Dennis Prager in his introduction to  “The Rational Bible–Exodus:  God, Slavery, and Freedom” (April 2, 2018) which attendees received during the book signing that preceded the Ronald Reagan event.

“I have done so because I belief if people properly understand the Torah and attempt to live by its values and precepts, the world will be an infinitely kinder and more just place.”

The 40-chapter Book of Exodus (the second book of the Bible) has 31 essays written by Dennis Prager as well as his commentary in the book published by Regnery Faith. https://www.amazon.com/Rational-Bible-Exodus-Dennis-Prager/dp/1621577724/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1525058690&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Attendees at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library also received the fall 2017 TheAnswer Magazine which featured an article by Dennis Prager on “Will the Second Civil War turn violent?”

Prager writes:  “I made the case that Americans are fighting the Second Civil War.  The deep chasm that has opened up between the left—not liberals, the left—and the rest of the country is so wide and so unbridgeable that there is no other way to describe what is happening. 

“Left-wing thugs engage in violence and threats of violence with utter impunity.  They shut down speakers at colleges; block highways, bridges and airport terminals; take over college buildings and offices; occupy state capitals; and terrorize individuals at their homes. 

“In order to understand why more violence may be coming, it is essential to understand that left-wing mobs are almost never stopped, arrested or punished.  Colleges do nothing to stop them, and civil authorities do nothing to stop them on campuses or anywhere else.  Police are reduced to spectators as they watch left-wing gangs loot stores, smash business and car windows, and even take over state capitals (as in Madison, Wisconsin).

“Today, authorities in what we once proudly proclaimed the “Land of the free and Home of the Brave,” are intimidated to the point of paralysis.”


Photo Credits: Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:  [email protected].

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheres—as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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