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Rabbi Daniel Lapin, known world-wide as America's Rabbi, is a noted rabbinic scholar, best-selling author and host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin podcast. He reveals how the world REALLY works and reminds us that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon those things that never change.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is one of America’s most eloquent speakers and his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and transmit them in an entertaining manner has brought countless numbers of Jews and Christians closer to their respective faiths.
105 Episodes
What is the one thing that transforms a violent assault into an act of loving consensual intimacy? What is the one thing that replaces a bloody battle with a debate? If you’re a swimsuit model, this doesn’t apply to you but for the rest of us, what visible organ of our bodies is the most important in our quest to make money? After your appearance, what do people most notice about you? That’s right, how you sound. Yet, we all exercise the muscles of our arms and legs but few of us exercise our communication muscle, our mouths. Do you draw as well as you perhaps could? Do you dance as well as you could with practice. You almost certainly do not speak anywhere near as well as you could and should. This show is all about dramatically improving how you communicate. We have only two ways to impact the world. (Well, 3 actually, but that third one you’ll have to hear me discuss in the show) The two way we have to shape our world is our  hands and our mouths. Of the two, which is more important? Nobody can impact one another more than spouses—with words. The app you can use to sound better than you do. Become the only person in your circle who is not terrified of public speaking but enjoys it. Do you know who is listening to every word you say, twenty-four seven? Why do our mouths take in food and also put out words? How your expression impacts your voice.
Disagreements between citizens must be settled by ballots not bullets. But disagreements between nations are settled by power not paper; by cannons not committees. Stop telling lies to little children. Is it any of your business if I buy the house next to you, never occupy it and leave it empty? Why did my father torment me with mechanical clocks? How important is protecting private property? What does Vancouver, British Columbia have to do with Jerusalem, Israel? Nations should pursue their interests not those of the United Nations, the International Court, or any other bogus institutions that have never prevented a war let alone stopped one. You have fewer property rights living in the city than out in the country; why? Read more about our Thought Tool books  
Make a list of the 5 things you could do that would utterly destroy your life. Easy, right? In fact, it’s hard keeping the list down to just five because they’d be such fun. Now produce a list of the 5 things that you could do that would cause you to become wealthier, happier, more fulfilled and more respected by friends. Hmmm….A lot more difficult, right? Well, I your rabbi show you exactly how to produce such a list. But not of just 5 things that will make your life better, actually, no fewer than 50 such items. Now knowing what to do is not even half of the job. It’s not even 10%. It’s the execution that matters. And only because I am your rabbi and I care about you, I tell you not only how to list those crucial life changes but more importantly I teach you how to execute them. I teach you how to bring about in your life these important changes. If you really want to. And it all starts with a dark room; but go ahead and listen now. Remember that being a happy warrior means NEVER allowing yourself to be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. Read more about our Thought Tool books    
Your rabbi describes many looting riots in American history but why is it hard to find any prior to 1962? Were there no grievances in 1920?  Was there no poverty in 1890? Why do people loot? Is it because their jobs were terminated by coronavirus? So why do they loot? I don’t want to massage you with warm butter but that is the wrong question; the right question is why do other people NOT loot? Let’s face it, rioting and looting is fun. How come none of you Happy Warriors looted? Why did so many not take advantage of the illegal shopping spree that meant free stuff for everyone? Surely if it is a good and right way to behave for some, it is also good and right for everyone. Why more female rioters and looters than ever before? The fatal weakness of single mothers and their children. A parent’s obligation goes way beyond feeding their children and putting them on the yellow bus to their local GIC. The one reason for airplane crashes that nobody discusses. “The impulse of man’s heart is evil from his youth” What does this Bible verse mean? John Dewey and the destruction of American education. Humans are fundamentally good so progressives feel families are unnecessary. How you can know that social distancing is not science. Neither is the abolition of male and female as poles of human existence. Why inventions are often uncovered by two separate individuals at the same time. Being a happy warrior means NEVER allowing yourself to be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. Read more about our Thought Tool books:  
Have you ever found yourself submitting to emotional blackmail? Have you ever felt that to love God means being docile towards domineering people? Have you ever felt that the main reason to try and gain wealth is to give it away? Well, if so, you REALLY need a rabbi! Specifically me, the host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show because these and other wrong beliefs are becoming more and more accepted. We start with a young woman being pressured by a man and then explore a famous “ethicist” (a profession I have less regard for than I do for barnacle scrapers of the Swiss navy) proclaiming how rich people are immoral. Who does have a right to your money? This show tries to show you how the world REALLY works, as you know. In other words, we want you to gain a coherent world view. But the right word is Weltanschauung. What does that mean?  ‘Weltanschauung’ is, I am afraid, a specifically German notion, which it would be difficult to translate into a foreign language. If I attempt to give you a definition of the word, it can hardly fail to strike you as inept. By Weltanschauung, then, I mean an intellectual construction which gives a unified solution of all the problems of our existence in virtue of a comprehensive hypothesis, a construction, therefore, in which no question is left open and in which everything in which we are interested finds a place. It is easy to see that the possession of such a Weltanschauung is one of the ideal wishes of mankind. When one believes in such a thing, one feels secure in life, one knows what one ought to strive after, and how one ought to organise one’s emotions and interests to the best purpose. (Sigmund Freud 35th lecture on psychoanalysis) Being a happy warrior means NEVER allowing yourself to be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. Read more about why counter-intuitive ideas about dating make for better marriages.
Ever had someone ask you if you live to work or work to live? It’s a false dichotomy as I explain on this show. Their 23 year-old son lived at home playing video games. Hear how this story ended happily. In the name of equality, governments try to eliminate any advantages that come from a strong, healthy family. Heard politicians decrying the divisiveness in American society? Now hear what is America’s real fault line and who caused it. The secret of happy living is climbing outside yourself. What!? Yes, that is the secret significance of the 5Fs. Becoming healthier by understanding that Fysical Fitness is a titanic fight between your body and your soul. Money is much more than something needed to stay alive. It’s even more than something to give away to the needy. This is a pretty good description of what it is: “In its widest possible sense, however, a man’s Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his lands and horses, and yacht and bank account. All these things give him the same emotions. If they wax and prosper, he feels triumphant; if they dwindle and die away, he feels cast down, not necessarily in the same degree for each thing, but in much the same way for all.” American psychologist, William James, 1890. Being a happy warrior means NEVER allowing yourself to be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. Read more about why the Ten Commandments were on two tablets instead of just one.
These coronavirus days can make you feel utterly out of control of your own destiny. It makes you feel just like a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. BUT, remember! Being a happy warrior means NEVER allowing yourself to be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. It sounds almost too good to be true but this is how the world REALLY works: There are the only 3 things you need to know in order to build a successful career and create real wealth. You’ll know how to choose friends, associates and employees. You’ll even know what to major in at college. You’ll know how to choose a spouse, win a spouse and keep a spouse. You’ll also know how to attain happiness and raise happy children. You’ll know how to run organizations like families, churches, or corporations and you’ll know how to be kind and do good-correctly, with your head and not your heart. In this show your rabbi explains the only 3 things worth spending time on mastering and incorporating into your life blueprint. But (and there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there?) it is always not only about what you know—it is about what you are. It is not always about just knowing but it is about doing. Why no Lapin child is a concert pianist. Are all cultures of equal value to the health and vitality of a society? Life lessons from the Lord’s language? Yes, count on it!  Right here: Moving forward in spite of corona uncertainty.
Warning: To all owners of gasoline powered cars of more than 4 cylinders. You may not drive more than 60 miles per week. Here’s a challenge: Can you think of any activity that could not be regulated in the interests of public health? Why smoking is not your own personal choice. Why you must cease climbing, diving, or hiking in your leisure time. The vital question that newly married couples often argue about. The reason for so few female entrepreneurs. The smart way to make life decisions. Using science wisely & knowing its limits. Do you know what values are? Do you know what your values are? Do you know what are the values sculpting your marriage? Privacy in a marriage. Why Israel was quickly recognized by Russia in May 1948. Do you snitch on neighbors not safe distancing? Keeping cash on hand; Hertz car rental company did not. The most important way that some Jews were able to escape the Nazis and how you can do the same to escape future crises you may face. The Financial Prosperity Collection: Now be a happy warrior, never a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life.
The father of modern communism, Vladimir Lenin was born April 22nd, 1870. Exactly one hundred years later, a suspect group of naïve ‘activists’ created Earth Day and turned it into movement for the economic annihilation of the West. Said Gaylord Nelson, one of the founders of Earth Day, “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” Watermelon became the term—Green on the outside; red on the inside. Like communism, socialism, & secular progressivism, environmentalism is a religion. It destroys heretics. Would you like to purchase carbon offsets? How about infidelity offsets? The Bible never uses the word nature or environment. Having children is bad for the environment. Boost Your Income and Prosperity Power: Become a happy warrior, not a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life.
Why do some successful men prefer professional ladies of the night to casual hookups? Girls, if he hasn’t got enough money to pay for the date, you shouldn’t be dating him at all. Guys, there is a time to be preparing for financial stability and a time to be courting, or if you must, dating. Reversing that order can cause pain. Good women expect the man to pay. Not because they’re trying to freeride or because they’re short of money. The reason is not economic but emotional. If lots of people are trying to get certain jobs, they’re overpaid. Think politicians. America did better when it was governed by citizens who gave a short term of service rather than now when it is ruled by a professional class of permanent politicians who’ve never done anything else (not including the current president). Can a country have too many politicians and bureaucrats? What y’all look like to me. Never be a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life-embrace change and growth.
Good news is bad news for the New York Times, CBS, CNBC, USA Today, & the Washington Post. They just love publishing terrifying and dire predictions based on days-old model projections and refuse to tell us how much better we’re doing than it appeared two weeks ago. What explains their irrational love affair with bad news? No American hospital has yet needed a ventilator that they lack. There is a troubling reason for why the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) directs doctors and hospitals to list cause of death as COVID-19 even in the absence of any test or other evidence. Do you agree with Toyota’s 5 business principles, and Panasonic’s 7, and General Electric’s 8. How the Passover Seder can instill ambition in participants of every background. ...... Website referenced: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
There are hundreds of self-improvement books, programs and courses that promise to improve your life. They all talk to your heart when they identify the exact area you want to change for the better. But most of the time, you don’t follow through, do you? Why not? Well, that is the essence of this show along with the antidote to stagnation. Why do we accept our current circumstances even though we’re not happy? Is there hope? Of course. And you’ll be surprised to discover just where it is.  There really is a way to make sure to inoculate yourself against stagnating in your life. The Book of Exodus helps! And where did all the toilet paper really go? Who took it and why. All explained in this enlightening show with your rabbi. 
Sadly, there can be several different kinds of tough times. Some tough times torment just a neighborhood or even just one family. Other tough times impact an entire nation or even many nations. Some tough times are on account of health, others are financial, some are political and military turmoil, and occasionally, tough times can comprise several simultaneous threats. But regardless, these ten tips, tools, and techniques are useful in all troublesome times. I explain each of these in depth during the show:  (1) Become a generalist.  (2) Today’s strategic timeline ends tonight. (3) Insulate yourself from public panic, fear, & hysteria. (4) Make connections. (5) Cash is king. (6) Your life and the lives of those you love are more valuable to you than to the ‘authorities’. (7) Be capable of defending yourself. (8) Force yourself to be happy and grateful. (9) Keep yourself, your clothing, & your habitation clean. (10) Write! Write! Write!   NEW RESOURCE: Chart Your Course: 52 Weekly Journaling Challenges with Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin Available for purchase in the United States through: Rabbi Daniel Lapin website: Amazon - US: Also available internationally through the following Amazon stores: CA: UK: DE: FR: ES: IT: JP:
Politicians prefer solving immediate problems for which they can claim credit now. But statesmen also consider approaching problems that cannot yet be seen but whose approaching footsteps can be heard. The virus is making a relatively small number of people sick. Economic depression will actually kill many more. Even unemployment lowers the lifespan significantly. Science is outstanding at explaining what things do and why they do it. It is appallingly bad at explaining what individual people do and why we do them. But a crowd of people acting in unison, say a crowd watching an exciting football game, a crowd gathered for revolution, a crowd subscribed to a certain ideology or theology, well its behavior is quite easy to predict. For it is not an individual person or even a lot of individual people. No, it is a ‘thing’. A sort of huge animal with countless heads and legs but on an animal nonetheless. It is predictable and often frightening. Perspective:  January-March 2020: >9,000 suicides, >8,000 road accident fatalities, >15,000 flu deaths (2017-2018 season) Total American deaths during 1Q2020 >700,000. Total American COVID-19 deaths to date of this podcast: 206. The role played by Christians in the founding of modern Israel in 1948. What God expects from us at a time like this.
What can your rabbi possibly add to all the Niagara-like cascade of conversation on coronavirus? I’m not a doctor, so what can I possibly say that would meaningfully add to the diarrhea-like deluge of drivel clogging the Internet. Well, let’s really creep into the core of corona, using not only education and intelligence but also wisdom. Let’s dive to the depths of the disease. What does the Golden Calf of the Book of Exodus have to do with corona? Let’s start with the difference between education, intelligence and wisdom. When you think intelligence, think the notorious Leopold-Loeb murder of 1924. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes spoke about shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. What he meant was that if you were in that theater, you were in far more danger of being trampled to death than by being incinerated. What is driving the current fear, panic, & hysteria about Corona? Who exactly is yelling “Fire!” and why? Remember the fear and panic about Y2K in November 1999? None of the terrors actually materialized. Remember the hysteria about the swine flu “pandemic” in 2009 and the Ebola hysteria in 2014? No? Oh, that’s right, there wasn’t any! Know why? Because the name of the president at the time started with an “O” not a “T”. Talking of O, remember his war on “for-profit” universities? Socialism spurns education for profit and all else for profit. Even medicine. Especially medicine must be governmental. Which brings us all the way back to the corona crisis.
If we were each alone and isolated, every one of us would languish, wither, and perish. Only by human cooperation can we all together build an interactive economy in which we each can thrive. Here are the only two ways to organize human cooperation: One, build a dictatorial tyranny in which you promise the peasants security and equality but never actually delivers. Keep them constantly divided into fighting factions and provide them with drugs and limitless cheap and mindless entertainment. This helps transform them into fools, and fools buy empty promises. The second way is build and maintain a democratic government of and by the people, with power only with the permission of the people. Promise them nothing but protection for their property, their bodies & their lives from both foreign foes and internal bandits and predators. Guarantee freedom. Get out of their way and let each citizen achieve whatever he or she can. In that world, each of us can find the meaning in our work, build every aspect of our lives, and find immortality in our families. So, be a happy warrior and never a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life. That only brings the tyrants.
You may not know it, but your rabbi knows that you probably help humanity every day. Do you realize that you probably enhance the lives of your fellow citizens every day? Are you a saint? No, of course not. It’s just that money is one of the only two areas in which while you try to help yourself, you are actually also helping others. Is money physical or spiritual? The explanation will surprise you. The fatal flaw of socialism that makes ‘redistribution of wealth’ perfectly logical and even desirable. Why your rabbi thinks of universities as kindergartens. Why everyone needs a pet gorilla to help you increase your income. Why neither economics nor psychology are real sciences. How price “re-anchoring” makes people pay $3 for a $0.45 cup of coffee? Do you drink $50/bottle wine? The spiritual success strategies you need to know for achieving financial abundance. Let your rabbi teach you more about sales because even if you don’t know it, you are a sales professional.
Hey single men! Have you ever wanted to propose marriage to your future wife but been lost for words? Your rabbi to the rescue. In this show, a sample proposal speech you can use to start the rest of your life. No need to struggle for the right words. No need to be embarrassed as you stutter your way through some trite, overused formula. No, sound like the man you wish you were! She’ll be thrilled and wedding bells will ring. Why does Bible often say, “Young man and virgin” rather than “Young man and young woman”? The magical moment that can put you on the road to financial prosperity? How a pledge produces power. Do housewives and stay-at-home-moms hurt the country’s economy? Why did the Soviets construct so many huge & hideous buildings? Why are so many American government buildings built since 1962 so brutal and block-like? Why is all government housing so identical and soul-destroying? How to feel like a god not a rat. Become a happy warrior, not a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life.
Why do you dress differently in the morning if you are staying home alone from how you’d dress if you’re going to be seeing many people? Are you more comfortable in ‘fashionable’ clothing than in utilitarian coverups? You might consider an adventure vacation, right? Swim with the sharks in South Africa? Sure. See penguins in Antarctica? Why not. How about a week at a nudist resort in Jamaica? That would be something different, so are you up for it? I suspect not. Why not? Do you have too much of that old-time puritanical repressiveness? C’mon, live for a week like a healthy naked animal. Why am I not persuading you? Why should we grant government the power to punish us for taking off our clothing in public? If you don’t like my naked appearance, don’t look; but don’t stop me from undressing how I choose. If Adam and Eve had nice green clothes made from fig leaves, why did God make them additional outfits out of leather? Would human beings come up with the idea of clothing with zero cultural input? What did famous feminist, Camille Paglia, mean when she said that if civilization were left in female hands, “we’d all be living in grass huts”. Comparing female models and movie stars of the 1950s to current times, do contemporary unisex and androgynous fashion styles have anything to do with our culture’s leftist tendency to eliminate distinctions between men and women. To participate in reviewing changes in American life the past twenty years and getting your name into a book visit Be a happy warrior, not a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life.
You thought that if people are ‘religious’, they must be devotees of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism, right? Wrong! Here are 3 important requirements of a religion.  (A) It links you to something bigger than you.  (B) It links you to many other people.  (C)  It requires you to offer sacrifices.  As your rabbi explains in this show, there are many, many more religions than those I listed. Here are some I talk about in this show: Church of Ethical Culture; Church of Scientism; Church of Climate Change. No, do not laugh. It is very rude to laugh at other people’s belief systems. The 3 shocking facts that every devotee of scientism ought to know. The 3 amazing scientific facts that every poet ought to know. Fraud and fakery in science. Reviewing the changes in American life the past twenty years and getting your name into a book Be a happy warrior, not a tennis ball floating down the gutter of life.
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Donald Gilmore

I enjoyed this episode. I especially liked the interview with Cornerstone. I agree too many people think and behave as though poverty is next to Holiness. It always bothers me when I see light bulbs out at church. Also, I found the first question G_d is going to ask interesting. It reminded me of Marley's response to Scrooge when Scrooge tells him he was a good man of business. Marley responded, rather violently, "Mankind was my business!"

Jan 26th
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