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Dennis Prager (born August 2, 1948) is a Jewish American syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, ethicist, and public speaker. He is noted for his conservative political views and for his study of the consequences of secularism in the 20th Century. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the entertainment and news industries, syndication is a method of making content available to a range of outlets simultaneously. ... Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favor tradition and gradual change, where tradition refers to religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs. ... This article is about secularism. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...



Prager is a native of New York, New York. His parents were born and raised in Brooklyn and married on September 14, 1940. They had two sons: Kenneth, born January 3, 1943, and Dennis, born August 2, 1948. Prager in German means "somebody from Prague". This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Prague (disambiguation). ...

Raised an Orthodox Jew, Prager attended Yeshiva Rambam from kindergarten through 8th grade and Yeshivah of Flatbush for high school, where he met his future co-author Joseph Telushkin in the 10th grade. Prager attended Brooklyn College, majoring in Anthropology and History; he graduated in 1970.[1] Orthodox Judaism is one of the three major branches of Judaism. ... The Yeshivah of Flatbush is a Modern Orthodox private Jewish day school located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York which includes both an elementary school and a high school. ... Modern Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, and teacher. ... Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York. ... This is about the social science. ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ...

In 1969, Prager spent his junior year abroad at the University of Leeds in England. Having studied Russian, Prager was sponsored to be sent to the Soviet Union to bring in Jewish religious objects and meet with Russian Jewish dissidents. Upon his return, Prager began his career as a public speaker, lecturing several times a week about the state of Jews in the Soviet Union. The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A dissident is a person who actively opposes the established order. ...

From 1970-72, Prager attended the Russian (now Harriman Institute) and Middle East Institutes at the Columbia University School of International Affairs. He studied under Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who later served in the Carter administration as the head of the National Security Council. The Harriman Institute, the first academic center in the United States devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Russia and the Soviet Union, was founded at Columbia University in 1946, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, as the Russian Institute. ... The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University is a public policy school in the United States and one of the most prestigious schools of international affairs and/or public affairs in the world. ... Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski (born March 28, 1928, Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish-American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... The White House National Security Council (NSC) in the United States is the principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials and is part of the Executive Office of the President. ...

Prager did not complete his Masters degree, dropping out instead in 1973 to collaborate with Joseph Telushkin on an introductory book about Judaism. Prager and Telushkin self-published the book in 1975 as The Eight Questions People Ask About Judaism, later published by Simon & Schuster in 1976 as The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. The book has been translated into nearly a dozen languages and remains a widely-used introductory text to Judaism. Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...

From 1976 to 1983, Prager served as the director of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, California, teaching the tenets of Judaism to college-aged Jewish singles. During the summer of 1980, Prager met his first wife, Janice Adelstein, who was a nurse there. They were married January 15, 1981. Their son, David, was born two years later. In August 1986 Janice filed for divorce. The Brandeis-Bardin Insitute is a Jewish retreat in Southern California. ... Simi Valley is an incorporated city located in the extreme southeast corner of Ventura County, California, bordering the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. ...

Prager started his radio career on August 8, 1982 as the moderator of "Religion on the Line," a Sunday night program on KABC-AM, Los Angeles. The program featured discussions between representatives of various religions, typically including a priest, a Protestant minister, and a Jewish rabbi. Prager continued as the show's moderator for 10 years, and he continued to broadcast on KABC for several more years on "The Dennis Prager Show." He then began broadcasting for KRLA (national syndication started 1999), and recently celebrated his 25th anniversary in radio broadcasting. KRLA AM 870 is a conservative talk radio station owned by Salem Communications. ...

On September 4, 1988, Prager married 41-year-old actress Francine Stone in a Los Angeles synagogue. In November 1992, the couple adopted a son, Aaron Henry Prager. On December 30, 2005, Prager announced on air that he and Stone were getting divorced.


Prager often presents his political views in moral terms. He advocates what he sees as the uniquely American combination of "Judeo-Christian values." He places great emphasis on "moral clarity," that is, the ability to identify and combat evil. Though Prager is an activist and advocate for conservative causes and a partisan of the conservative Republican party, he sometimes labels himself as "passionate centrist" or a "JFK liberal." His attitude about the inevitable disagreements between people politically can be summed up in one of his mottos for his radio show, "I prefer clarity to agreement." For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Morality (from the Latin manner, character, proper behavior) has three principal meanings. ... Jacob wrestling an angel, by Gustave Doré (1832-1883), a shared Judeo-Christian story. ... GOP redirects here. ... In politics, centrism usually refers to the political ideal of promoting moderate policies which land in the middle ground between different political extremes. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ...

In his articles, broadcasts, and lectures, Prager has declared that the U.S. is engaged in a "second civil war," a "culture war" over the fundamental moral values on which American society was built. Prager claims that many influential American institutions (universities, trial lawyers, labor unions, the ACLU, civil rights groups, and most large newspapers and television networks) are dominated by secular leftists. These institutions, according to Prager, attack and misrepresent the uniqueness of Judeo-Christian values and their remarkable positive historical effect upon America and the world. In 2005, twenty four of his columns were devoted to explaining those values and how he believes they make the United States special.[1] He suggests that most contemporary social and political crises stem from the absence of a normative system of "ethical monotheism." Prager accuses the governments of Western Europe ("a civilization in decline") and Canada of suffering from "a broken moral compass," charging that the dominance of secular leftist thought in those countries has rendered their societies morally confused. This article is about the definition of the specific type of war. ... The term culture war has been used to describe ideologically-driven and often strident confrontations typical of American public culture and politics since at least the 1980s. ... The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is a non_governmental organization devoted to defending civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Prager is a proponent of his version of "American exceptionalism," the view that the moral superiority of American values sometimes justifies unilateral action on the world stage, and that the U.S. should not always be constrained by international law or the United Nations in pursuit of its goals. Prager is an enthusiastic supporter of the United States' initiative in the War in Iraq, which he characterizes as another example of the nobility of the U.S.: Americans dying attempting to establish or preserve liberty for others — as in Vietnam, Korea and Europe previously. UN and U.N. redirect here. ... There have been three conflicts in the late 20th century and early 21st century called Gulf War, all of which refer to conflicts in the Persian Gulf region: Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) (aka First Gulf War). ... This article is about the Korean civilization. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Prager has difficulty believing in the Christian, or even Jewish concept of Hell, namely that only those who are Christians, or Jews will enter heaven, and all others (Muslims, Buddhists, etc.) will be eternally damned. Although he is a practicing Jew, he disagrees with Josh McDowell's "tri-lemma," that Jesus Christ was either Lord, lunatic or liar. Prager stated this on a 2007 interview with Ann Coulter following the release of her book "If Democrats had any brains, they'd be Republicans." He also disagrees with Jesus' teaching on adultery, in that those who look upon a woman with lust commit adultery equally in their hearts. Prager sees it as a difference between the act, and the thought itself. Evangelical Christians see it as the spirit of the law, and the letter of the law.

Prager is both a leader in Jewish life ("One of the three most interesting minds in American Jewish life" according to The Jewish Week) and an outspoken supporter of the conservative Christian movement in the U.S., with whom he often shares political views, even to the point of holding that Jews should publicly swear on the Bible.[2] Prager is often harshly critical of religious organizations who do not share his interpretations of Jewish or Christian values, such as the Presbyterian Church (USA), the National Council of Churches and the Anti-Defamation League. He often speaks of his disappointment with contemporary Jews' secularism: in a 1993 speech in Greensboro, North Carolina, Prager said that "the real religion of most American Jews is liberalism." Some American Jews have countered this charge by claiming Prager is also using his politics as a form of religion, pointing out where he profoundly disagrees with Orthodox Jewish law. Prager identifies himself as "a religious non-Orthodox Jew," and attends a Reform synagogue, the most liberal of Judaism's four main denominations. Prager does not observe the Jewish Sabbath according to Orthodox standards (he will drive in a car on that day to Sabbath-related events but does not allow television or radio in his home as they are non-Sabbath-oriented; and neither broadcasts nor appears on TV talk shows on the Sabbath or Jewish holy days) or keep Orthodox Jewish dietary laws (he eats chicken with milk, as did some rabbis in the Talmud, and as have many Persian Jews, but which is forbidden under Orthodox Jewish law). He grew up Orthodox but abandoned Orthodoxy early in life. Prager claims to believe in the divinity of the Torah. However, he differs with some in orthodoxy on Torah law. Prager has taken up several causes to preserve references to God and the Ten Commandments in public facilities such as schools, parks, and courthouses. In 2004, he spearheaded an unsuccessful movement to protect the official seal of the County of Los Angeles from being redesigned in such a way as to remove a small Christian cross from its imagery after the ACLU complained that the cross on the official seal implied government endorsement of religion, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Prager believes that the cross represents the community's history. The Jewish Week is an independent community weekly newspaper serving the Jewish community of the metropolitan New York City area. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (usually identified as National Council of Churches, or NCC) is an association of 35 Christian faith groups in the United States with 100,000 local congregations and more than 45,000,000 adherents. ... The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an advocacy group founded by Bnai Brith in the United States whose stated aim is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. ... For other uses, see Ten Commandments (disambiguation). ... Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States. ... The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is a non_governmental organization devoted to defending civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. ...

Opposition to same sex marriage

Prager has been outspoken in his opposition to same sex marriage. He spoke before Congress in 1996 in support of the "Defense of Marriage Act" which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Quran Oath Controversy of the 110th U.S. Congress

In late 2006 Prager became the center of a national controversy, when he wrote two columns[2][3] condemning the plan of Representative-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to US Congress, to ceremonially swear in on the Quran. Prager's ultimate objection was not that Ellison chose the Quran to swear in on, but that Ellison chose to exclude the Bible from the ceremony and therefore was not respectfully acknowledging the value system Prager believes the United States is based upon - the Judeo-Christian value system. Prager suggested that Ellison would be more of a unifying figure if he paid due respect to the traditions and values of the United States by bringing along a Bible to his swearing in. According to Prager, Ellison wouldn't have to swear in on the Bible. By bringing a Bible along to his swearing in ceremony, Ellison would simply be paying respect to the source of America's value system. Prager acknowledged that his original words criticizing Ellison's decision to use a Quran were inappropriate. Prager originally wrote, "He [Ellison] should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization." Prager admitted that the words "should not be allowed to do so" were poorly chosen and were not expressed as a desire to see the government restrict Ellison's right to swear in on the Quran. Rather, Prager said he meant to suggest that public outcry should be strong enough to influence Ellison to bring a Bible along to his swearing in. Because Ellison's swearing in on the Quran was symbolic in nature (the actual swearing in was done on the floor of the House of Representatives), Prager's position was that by not bringing a Bible along, Ellison was symbolically denying the source of traditional American values.[2] Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is an American lawyer and politician who became the first Muslim[1][2] to be elected to the United States Congress when he won the vacant seat for Minnesotas 5th congressional district in the House of Representatives, one of eight congressional districts... The Quran (Arabic al-qurʾān أَلْقُرآن; also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ...

In mid-November 2006 it was reported that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress (for Minnesotas 5th congressional district), “will take his oath of office with his hand upon the Koran, the Islamic holy book. ...

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council's Resolution

Because of his part in the Quran Oath Controversy, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for Prager to be removed from the council overseeing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial. In a letter to Fred S. Zeidman, the chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the group stated that "No one who holds such bigoted, intolerant and divisive views should be in a policy-making position at a taxpayer-funded institution that seeks to educate Americans about the destructive impact hatred has had, and continues to have, on every society."[4] Some members of the Memorial Council like Ed Koch were vocal in advocating his removal. In the end, the executive committee of the council issued a resolution that has been seen as "distancing" the council from Prager's remarks.[5] In an interview with the Associated Press, Prager stated "he was honored to 'continue serving' on the board, and that he understands the pressures that caused it to issue a statement."[6] Logo The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an advocacy group for Muslims in North America; its professed goals are to enhanc[e] understanding of Islam, promot[e] justice and empower American Muslims. ... Edward Irving Koch (born December 12, 1924; pronounced ) was a United States Congressman from 1969 to 1977 and the Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. ...

Because of his part in the Quran Oath Controversy of the 110th United States Congress, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for media pundit Dennis Prager to no longer serve on the council overseeing the taxpayer funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial. ...

Lectures, radio and writings

Prager has lectured on his views in Jewish communities across North America, at major business conclaves, to chapters of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) around the world, and at churches and other Christian institutions. He is credited with lecturing on all seven continents. This claim appears to be at least partially in jest. During a cruise -- aboard which he gave lectures -- to Antarctica in 2002, a picture was taken of Prager speaking in front of a group of penguins, and posted on his official website. [3] Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about penguin birds. ...

On February 1, 1999, Prager began nationally syndicating his radio show. Now KRLA is his flagship station, broadcasting live across the country, 9:00 AM - Noon (Pacific Time). His talk show technique is to accept all points of view. He prefers to hear from those with whom he disagrees though turning down the volume on most such callers so that he can have the last word, as is of course his right as show host. Prager is a regular columnist in the Jewish magazine Moment. Since 2002, he has also been a columnist for Townhall.com, a widely-read blog. His columns are also regularly featured in the e-zine Jewish World Review. Currently he is writing his fifth book, about male sexual nature. In June, 2005, The American Jewish Press Association awarded him First Prize for Excellence in Commentary. KRLA AM 870 is a conservative talk radio station owned by Salem Communications. ... Moment magazine is a popular non-sectarian, politically diverse, religiously inclusive bi-monthly Jewish publication produced in the United States. ... Townhall. ... An Ezine is a periodic publication distributed by email or posted on a website. ... Jewish World Review is an online magazine published five days a week, which purports to appeal to people of faith and those interested in learning more about contemporary Judaism from Jews who take their religion seriously. ... The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) is an organization of Jewish newspapers, magazines, journalists, and affiliated organizations in North America. ...

In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (which, among other projects, governs the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Interior of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exterior of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum viewed from Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th St. ...


Prager wrote for several years for the Sunday Los Angeles Times "Current" section and writes a weekly column published in newspapers and online at Townhall.com [4] and elsewhere. He is also the author of four books: This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ...

  • Nine Questions People ask about Judaism (with Joseph Telushkin) (1986) ISBN 0-6716-2261-7
  • Think A Second Time (1996) ISBN 0-0609-8709-X
  • Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual (1999) ISBN 0-0609-8735-9
  • Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism (with Joseph Telushkin) (2003) ISBN 0-7432-4620-9

Modern Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, and teacher. ... Modern Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, and teacher. ...


  • Conducts orchestras in Southern California as a hobby. Considers Haydn as great as Mozart.
  • Brought Larry Elder to Los Angeles talk radio in 1994.
  • Has stated on his radio program that he considers Jimmy Carter's refusal to back The Shah of Iran in 1979--which contributed to his fall and the rise of political Islam after Ayatollah Khomeini's ascent to power--to be the biggest American foreign policy failure of his lifetime.
  • Has frequently expressed a desire to write a book on male sexual nature. A topic he says is widely misunderstood by women and needlessly taboo.
  • Prager, a Jew, often speaks to Christian groups. He was one of the three speakers invited to speak at the 25th anniversary celebration of Focus on the Family.
  • He is an advocate of marriage and claims to have convinced many men who fear marriage to find a woman and commit to her. He has called bad marriage a form of "lifetime imprisonment," stating that "lifetime imprisonment should be reserved for murderers, not decent people."
  • Recently (RECENTLY? Like how recently? When did you post this?) cautioned his listeners to not blindly trust Wikipedia due to several erroneous entries on himself in this listing.

Conducted 2007 Yom Kippur services in the performing arts center of a Catholic high school in La Cañada, California, which he jokingly called, "St. Francis High Shul." Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... (Franz) Joseph Haydn (in German, Josef; he never used the Franz) (March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809) was a leading composer of the classical period. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most significant and influential of all composers of Western classical music. ... Larry Elder Laurence Allen Larry Elder (born April 27, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) aka the Sage from South Central is an American libertarian-minded Republican (he has sometimes referred to his views as conservatarian) radio and former TV talk show host and author whose program The Larry Elder Show... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... His Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (اعلیحضرت محمدرضا شاه پهلوی; October 26, 1919 – July 27, 1980) also knows as Aryamehr, was the last Shah of Iran, ruling from 1941 until 1979. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Ayatollah Khomeini founded the first modern Islamic republic Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini (آیت‌الله روح‌الله خمینی in Persian) (May 17, 1900 – June 3, 1989) was an Iranian Shia cleric and the political and spiritual leader of the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Iran. ... The graphic identity of Focus on the Family is intended to recall old time traditional values. ...


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  2. ^ a b Dennis Prager (November 28, 2006). America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on.Retrieved on Dec. 4, 2006
  3. ^ Dennis Prager (December 5, 2006). A response to my many critics - and a solution. Retrieved on Dec. 5, 2006
  4. ^ Omar Sacirbey. "Conservatives Attack Use of Koran for Oath", The Washington Post, 12/09/2006.  Retrieved on June 16, 2007
  5. ^ James Besser. "U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council distances itself from Prager", The Jewish Journal, 2006-12-22.  Retrieved on Dec. 22, 2006
  6. ^ "Ellison tells Virginia Rep., "He has nothing to fear"", Associated Press, 12/22/2006.  Retrieved on Dec. 22, 2006

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