KER Politics – Sat 16 Feb, 2019

More background on KER Politics’ Guests

Rabbi Jeffrey Katz:

Available at most bookstores and Amazon.

There are many analysts who believe that Oprah would be a more than viable contender.  But would becoming a politician go against her nature?  Many of Oprah’s guiding principles in life seem eerily similar to those outlined by Maimonides over 800 years ago, described in my book,The Secret Life.  These include teaching a man to fish rather than giving him fish, giving charity anonymously, powering people to self-sufficiency, creating a cycle of positivity, bringing out the very best in people, always giving them the benefit of the doubt, and being open to good ideas and truth, regardless of the source.  (And, conversely, not getting involved in the “blame game,” and always judging people based on substance and character, as Dr. MLK envisioned, rather than identity politics.)

The Secret Life illuminates ancient teachings that are as relevant today as they were over 800 years ago, which will help you discover that true wisdom and success in every aspect of life comes not from our public persona, as so many believe, but from our secret thoughts and actions. Maimonides shows how every person can find their true and best self, not only deriving happiness for themselves, but spreading that bliss to everyone they touch. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Katz is a lifelong student and teacher of rationalist religious philosophy. He has rabbinic ordination as well as a law degree and is a practicing attorney. He has appeared on national television on a broad range of issues and has lectured widely.

Big Al feels that more background on our quality guests is more than just a little appropriate as background for KER Politics. He (I) would like your opinion on this new direction and, in advance, thank you.

  1. On February 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    Mr. Big Al Korelin, would you please write a detailed summary of the book (chapter by chapter would be best) with your opinions and post it here? Thank you.

  2. On February 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm,
    Big Al says:

    I just purchased the book today. I don’t know if you are kidding or not, regardless, I will read the book within the next five days and I will give you my opinion. I promise

    • On February 16, 2019 at 7:34 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      I am not kidding. I would be interested to know what you think. The trouble I have with most book reviews is they do not go into nearly enough detail.

      • On February 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm,
        Big Al says:

        I actually started the book last night and will editorialize chapter by chapter. I am more than a little interested in what the book says and I will certainly let you know periodically as I go through it. Good idea on your part, Ed.

  3. On February 17, 2019 at 10:10 am,
    bonzo barzini says:

    Big Al, I would also like to read your summaries of the books of Genesis and Exodus, and then your summary of HUMAN ACTION, by Ludwig von Mises. Thanks.
    Happy Washington’s Day!

    • On February 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm,
      Big Al says:


      I will ask Jeff Deist for a summary of Human Action and I will be happy to opine of both Genesis and Exodus. That will be a lot of fun for me.

  4. On February 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm,
    bonzo barzini says:

    Thanks, Al. I actually read HUMAN ACTION about 40 years ago but I am sure everyone could profit from Jeff Deist’s summary of it if they don’t have time to read it. It is a very long book with no pictures, but is a masterpiece.