Thru Jerusalem, Restoring Courage and Aftershock

Living in Taipei is not for the faint of heart – especially in the Summer. The air quality chokes the lungs. The heat wrenches the sweat out of you. And, you can’t get good Hummus, Tahina, Falafel, Shwarma or pita anywhere unless you have Israeli friends willing to share. And yes, I could kill for a Shawarma Esh Tanur from Moshiko’s, right now.

But, I’m stuck in Taipei for the next few months, so I’ll have to keep a tight rein on my homicidal need for good Ochel Yerushalmi.

Why am I saying all this? Well, I’ve just stumbled across a great little video that’s made me incredibly homesick. It’s called Thru Jerusalem, and I recognize almost every place in the video. When it finished, I wanted to get on the next plane back to Israel. It really does evoke the sight and sound of an incredible place.

Could somebody PLEASE get me a Shawarma?

Restoring Courage

This Sunday will mark the first of three live broadcasts from Israel by Glenn Beck as a part of his ‘Restoring Courage‘ campaign. If you want to see it, you’ll need to join

If the video doesn’t play properly, you can see it here.

From the Restoring Courage Page of Glenn’s website:

Restoring Courage: The Courage to Love
Sunday, August 21, 2011

GBTV Broadcast Times:

  • LIVE:  30 minute pre-show begins at 12:30pm ET followed by the event at 1:00pm ET

On August 21, 2011, Glenn Beck will be joined by Pastor John Hagee, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, esteemed historian David Barton, and other religious leaders in a program at the extraordinary Roman amphitheater in Caesarea, Israel. With the stories of Ruth and Esther at its foundation, the event will inspire its audiences to display loyalty, courage and love as they stand up for Israel and the Jewish people. Scheduled to perform is Grammy nominated Vernessa Mitchell, who will be joined by Israeli singers and musicians to enhance this powerful event. Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT; however, you can watch the program LIVE on

2. Restoring Courage: Courage to Remember

Monday, August 22, 2011

GBTV Broadcast Times:

  • LIVE: Event begins at 1:00pm ET

At the Old Train Station Plaza in central Jerusalem, people will gather for an evening of remembrance and hope on August 22, 2011. With a focus on the Holocaust and the strength of its survivors, Glenn Beck will host the event, which will feature a screening of a documentary film that explores the life-long impact of the Holocaust on its victims. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. The program will conclude with a candle lighting ceremony during which a survivor’s family will pass a flame from generation to generation as they display the courage displayed in their past, and the courage to stand together for themselves and all future generations. Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT; however, you can watch the program LIVE on

3. GBTV Documentary: The Journey to Restoring Courage

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011

GBTV Primetime Broadcast Time: 8:00pm

Join Glenn and Tania Beck as they visit Auschwitz on the Journey to Restoring Courage.

There is perhaps nothing in all of history that depicts pure evil, man’s greatest inhumanity to his fellow man, than a stark, cold set of buildings in southern Poland called Auschwitz – Birkenau.  During WWII more than one million people, mostly Jews were executed there.  Murdered in cold blood.  The Nazi’s called it “the final solution of the Jewish question in Europe.”  From 1942 through 1944 Jews were delivered to the camp’s gas chambers from all over Europe.

But in the face of unthinkable horror there were people who displayed courage beyond imagination.  Regular men, women, and children who put their very lives on the line in defense of righteousness.  It was a small but important triumph of the human spirit then and equally important lesson for us today.

4. Restoring Courage: Courage to Stand

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GBTV Broadcast Times:

  • LIVE: One hour pre-show begins at 9:00am ET followed by the event at 10:00am ET

On August 24, 2011, Glenn Beck will host an event at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. Taking place just steps from the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, this program calls for unity among all faiths, and will honor Israelis who have displayed courage in their struggle for survival and peace. It will also issue a challenge to all citizens of the world to stand with and declare their support for Israel. Joining Glenn will be religious leaders, esteemed speakers and entertainers including the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shumuel Rabinovitch, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight, internationally renowned singer Dudu Fisher, and the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir. Tickets to this event are sold out; however, you can watch the program LIVE on!

Join me and millions of others as we watch this event on


I’ve started reading the most recent version of Aftershock by David and Bob Wiedemer with Cindy Spitzer. I’m only a fifth of the way through, and it’s horrifying. I hope to have read through it this weekend so that I can give you a summary on Monday.

Here’s the infomercial that convinced me to get the book:

And yes, it is an infomercial with all the nauseating aspects of infomercials everywhere. Watch the video anyway and ignore the fake marketing glitz. This really is serious stuff, and you need to pay attention.

I’ll give you more on Monday.