Thursday, April 21, 2011

400-408 – Mike Fabarez, pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo ( and host of Focal Point ( heard weekdays right before my show from 330-400pm and Sunday mornings at 9:30am, will again be hosting two Easter services at the Bren Center at UCI, the first at 830am, the second at 1100am.  They're expecting over 5,000 people.  For more info, go to  And, Focal Point's Marriage Retreat Weekend is coming up May 21st and 22nd on the Queen Mary. 

413-423 – Mike Fabarez,

428-437 – (2:23 – Dennis Prager intro) Rabbi Joe Telushkin ( was a childhood friend of Dennis Prager, they went to Columbia together, and Dennis said he's knowledgeable, wonderful, and hilarious.  Rabbi Joe is the author of many books on Jewish theology, philosophy, and history, and has written several novels, popular articles, and television and film scripts.  But his Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History has been the most widely read book on Judaism of the past two decades, and his monumental two-volume A Code of Jewish Ethics has rapidly risen to the pinnacle of its field.  Rabbi Joe is the spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, but he lives in New York City with his wife, writer Deborah Telushkin, and their four children.  Plus, there's a bunch of YouTubes of Rabbi Joe teaching on a variety of subjects available online.

Today we talk about three of his passions, the Hebrew Bible, Passover and Jewish Humor – sourcing his Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible, and his book on humor, Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews.

Rabbi Joe walks us through some of the elements of a seder:  the unleavened matzo, the bitter herb mahror, the four cups of wine, the special cup in the middle of the table which belongs to Elijah, the manish-tanna recited by the youngest literate child present, the tradition of hiding and then finding the hidden manna, and the centerpiece of the ritual, reciting the telling of the story of the Exodus.

443-452 – Rabbi Joe Telushkin

458-508 – Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission (, talks about "Easter at the mission."

512-523 – Haley Fentress & Paige Moravetz, age 14, hung themselves early Saturday morning.  How can we prevent teen suicide?

• ABC News (4/20/2011) Suicide Pact: Minnesota Teens Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz Commit Suicide at Slumber Party.

• KFSY News (4/17/2011) Marshall students react after classmates take their own lives.

(1:41) Double Suicide full. (Alex Ronallo for KSFY Action News in Sioux Falls, SD reports on 4/20/2011 on the school's reactions to the two teenage suicides.)

(:02) S1- Counselor Cindy Manthey- a permanent solution to a temporary problem

(:12) S2- Manthey talks about teaching young people to help solve problems.

(3:01) Reaction full. (Courtney Zieller and Alex Ronallo report for KSFY Action News in Sioux Falls, SD on the teenager's and community's reaction to the suicides.)

(:07) R- Maddy 1- shocked.

(:07) R- Maddy 2- so young.

(:04) R- Maddy 3- no obvious flags

(:04) R- Sadie-May 4- you deserve to live.

(:18) R- School superintendent, Klint Willert- hard

(:06) R- Maddy- come together

523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092 (  For the past 39 years, Don's been sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 21 years.

528-539 – Calls – Those of you who have attempted suicide, what's your advice to us?  How can we be more available, how can we help?  What can you tell us?

544-554 – Calls – Suicide Hot Line 1-800-SUICIDE, 1-800-784-2433.

558-608 – Calls –

612-623 – Calls – There is hope in Jesus Christ!  That's what we celebrate on Sunday!

Withdrawal and depression.  Don't ignore.  Don't be afraid to say the word.  Psalm 139. 

628-639 – Steve Wilburn, pastor of Core Church in LA ( has a new program called "Core Truth" starting on Saturday nights from 8-9pm.

644-654 – Steve Wilburn,

• Christian Post (4/21/2011) 'Church Sucks' But Come Anyway?

• Fox News (4/20/2011) MLB Takes Control of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Peter Wallison (WSJ, 4/21/2011) Government Mortgage Guarantees Are Unnecessary: Many predict calamity for the housing markets without them. Federal Reserve data tell a different story.

• Bill Shaikin (LAT, 4/21/2011) Steve Soboroff defends Dodgers owner: "We need more people like Frank McCourt". Soboroff, hired as the Dodgers' vice chairman on Tuesday, calls Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to take over team "irresponsible" and says McCourt is not too financially strapped to operate the team.

• T. J. Simers (LAT, 4/20/2011) This unexpected Dodgers takeover is shockingly good news.  Seven years with the Boston Parking Lot Attendant and the Screaming Meanie in control was about seven years too many.

• Bill Plaschke (LAT, 4/20/2011) Bud Selig to the rescue for Dodgers. The baseball commissioner grabs the keys to the Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt. Feel free to shout for joy.

• Philip Klein (Washington Examiner, 4/19/2011) If rich aren't paying their "fair share," then what's fair?