Jackie Mason and "Rabbi" Michael Lerner have some things in common. Jackie Mason is actually an ordained Rabbi with impeccable credentials. In person he downplays this aspect of his life and never wants to be called Rabbi. He is a first rate comedian and is very personable and charming. The entire staff of the Concord Hotel is familiar with the off stage persona and he is quite the gentleman off stage.
Michael Lerner is a political activist who is also "Rabbi". His credentials are somewhat disputed by some. However, the State of California does recognize him as such.He is a Rabbi in the same manner that Snagglepuss is a Lion. Snagglepuss tells everyone he is a Lion while not acting Lion like. In fact he appears to be a comedian who is unaware he is a laughing stock. The State of California should also start licensing comedians and grant "Rabbi" Lerner this title.
For those of us who are unfamiliar with this comedy act Lerner is famous for some widely reported comedy classics. One needs to drop some LSD in order to fully grasp socialism. This is perhaps why those of us who loathe Socialism don't get it as we failed to take the required illegal mind altering drugs. Lerner is also on record for having a wedding cake that read "smash monogamy". He also is on record claiming
"I dig Marx". Marx merely was a rabid antisemite well known to all except Lerner. In fairness given his history this merely may be a misquoted love for the wit and wisdom of Chico Marx another talented comedian.
The term Rabbi means teacher and who Lerner teaches remains unknown. He does have a small congregation of similarly minded lunatics so he is the Rav in an asylum.
Lerner does point out that he is not nor has ever been a card carrying Communist. He has merely worked with them and seldom veered from the party line accept when the folks at ANSWER got too blatantly antisemitic and for some work in the era of Soviet Jewry. He considers Black antisemistm to be the fault of the Jews and has made some cliche statements about Palestinians that one would expect from lunatics like Chomsky.
I was going to make a joke about Lerner and Cornel West remaking the beloved Gene Wilder and Pryor films. Undoubtedly West who has a commercial streak could do his end of the job well. Lerner could never portray the mensch like qualities of Wilder who seems to be decent in all his films. Wilder served in the Army and was apparently a very devoted husband and family man. One could probably learn more about Judaism from watching the Frisco Kid or listening to a Jackie Mason comedy skit than from listening to the Hippy new age heal the world bunk of Lerner.
There is a cancer impacting most religious orders. Polical lunatics have attempted to subvert Churches and synagogues on behalf of an idiotic death cult movement. The most familiar manifestation of this abomination is "liberation theology". Several Popes have spoken out against it and African Anglicans have rebelled against the imposition of this blasphemy from Europe where there politically correct clowns who talk about colonialism told the Africans to zip it.
In general the traditional definition of who is a Jew is
1) Anyone born to a Jewish mother
2) A convert
However, Jews do not consider those who convert to other religions to be Jewish. Thus a person who accepts Christ as their savior is a Christian and those who convert Islam are no longer Jews.
Rabbis like any other profession have those who are dedicated to their congregation and those who have lousy ideas. Rabbi Kahane was one with really dreadful ideas but clearly was knowledgeable in Judaism. Jews who do not practice remain Jews who have lapsed. Jews who misbehave and are vile like some famous White collar criminals are
still considered Jews, who are pariahs within the community.
The truth is many have written about the religious aspects of Marxism. I leave it for the reader to decide if those who follow the path of Marx remain Jews in any context. Many are like Snagglepuss proclaiming they are lions while acting quite differently. The actions of Marxists in rationalizing and stoking populist antisemitism are well established.
When seeking authentic voices in the "Jewish Community" from those who practice the religion caveat emptor.
We propose that the State of California license comedians instead of clergymen. Practicing comedy without a license should be fined. Al Franken can purchase a license because he has never earned it by merit.Lerner does appear at time to be 90% comedy sketch.