Lapin Has a New Grift

Daniel Lapin, the far right’s favorite rabbi, has found himself a new con. Well, new to him I presume. It’s actually a very old con, one that Christian televangelists have been using for decades by writing books about the Bible’s secret plan for getting rich. And it has something to do with lawnmowers and auto mechanics, as he and Pat Robertson discussed.

Robertson introduced Lapin by asking: “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible.”

Later in the interview, Robertson said that Jews are “polishing diamonds, not fixing cars.”

“When you correctly said in Jewish neighborhoods you do not find Jews lying under their cars on Sunday afternoons, no, I pay one of the best mechanics around to take care of my BMW, I’d be crazy to take my time doing it myself,” Lapin said. “Or for me to mow my lawn, I’m the worse lawnmower in the world, but the young man who lives down the street from me, he’s one of the best and he’s happy to do it and I’m happy.”

He added that paying for such services is all about “taking care of God’s other children.”

*scratches his head* Okey dokey. He also repeated that ridiculous nonsense about how God doesn’t want us to retire, proven by the fact that there is no Hebrew word for retirement. Logic!

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Did he really just play the “jews have lots of money” card?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …there is no Hebrew word for retirement

    גִמלָאוֹת

  • matty1

    Once again Numbers 8:25 “”But at the age of fifty years they shall retire from service in the work and not work any more.”

  • matty1

    Here is the interlinear version, which I assume is more of a word for word translation and no it doesn’t include a word translated as retirement but I’d say the concept is still there.

  • matty1

    Actually there is a serious point here, maybe if we can win this argument Pat Robertson will retire, that has to be a good thing.

  • Loqi

    And the Hebrew word for “talk show” is…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashleylynn73 ashleylynnwilson

    Is there a Hebrew word for “chutzpah”?

  • haitied

    I had this action figure as a youth. Skeletor right?

  • kraut

    “Daniel Lapin, the far right’s favorite rabbi.t”

  • marcus

    ashleylynnwilson @ 7

    “Is there a Hebrew word for “chutzpah”?

    Not sure, but I’m pretty sure that there’s a yiddish word for “schmuck”.

  • Christoph Burschka

    You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns.

    It’s almost as though they’d got a rule against that or something.

  • Michael Heath

    I’m currently reading John Judis’ Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict. It does reveal a population of people with an attribute you rarely find in the U.S., leftist authoritarians. And not just Jewish authoritarians, but non-Jewish Western Europeans in the late-19th century through the late-1930s as well. (I’m up to about the year 1937 in the book.)

  • bahrfeldt

    Bing Translator agrees with Modus. Oy?

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    I knew I recognized that name. (Lapin has evidently never read Eternal Treblinka.)

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Oh, sure, it’s all KKKristianJooboy ecumenical bonhomie, now.

    Just wait till Lapin starts trying to sell protein shakes.

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    Robertson introduced Lapin by asking: “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially?

    I…have no words.

  • escuerd

    Marcus @10:

    Not sure if this was the implication of your joke, but I had always associated “chutzpah” with Yiddish, and not Hebrew.

    Turns out Yiddish is just the proximate source (it’s possible that this is only both news and interesting to me) that it is from Aramaic and/or Hebrew before that. Maybe something (very) roughly like /ħu sˤpaa/. Maybe should have occurred to me earlier, since it doesn’t look like any Germanic roots I know of. Not linking to the etymology source to avoid getting caught in anti-spam limbo, but it’s easy enough to find.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible.”

    It’s too bad Christians don’t have access to this Bible thing.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns.

    Yes. Only the truly rich would hire a yard service or a mechanic.

  • lancifer

    Well, it’s a proven fact that yer big Jew nose will not fit under the average car hood.

  • dingojack

    escuerd – Your wish….

    “chutzpah

    1892, from Yiddish khutspe “impudence, gall” from Heb. hutspah. The classic definition is that given by Leo Rosten: “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper ”

    Dingo

  • RickR

    And while we’re at it, what is it about Black people that makes them such good dancers?

  • some bastard on the net

    … Or for me to mow my lawn, I’m the worse lawnmower in the world…

    Pushing or driving a wheeled device across the ground in a limited zone confuses this man…

    But we should certainly trust his financial advice?

  • freehand

    Huh. I suppose if I had been Jewish it would have occurred to me that I didn’t have to drill my own teeth, grind my own glasses, fix my own car, and operate on my own knee when I injured it.*

    .

    *I actually did set my own dislocated finger, thanks to the benefits of America’s exceptional health care system. It’s still crooked.

  • escuerd

    dingojack @ 21:

    Thanks. I had assumed that the comment system was a bit finicky about URLs in general because it had kept eating another comment I’d tried posting. Seems it had something to do with the specific link I was using, though.