Dennis Prager

Mark Dennis Prager ( / p r eɪ ɡ ər / ; born August 2, 1948) is an American conservative and Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.

Early life and education

Dennis Prager was born in New York City on August 2, 1948, to Hilda Prager ( born Friedfeld, 1919-2009) and her husband, Max Prager (1918-2014). Prager and his siblings were raised as Modern Orthodox Jews . He attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn , New York . There, in the 10th grade, he puts Joseph Telushkin . The two became close friends and would later co-author two books. He went on to attend Brooklyn College and graduated with a double major in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Between 1970 and 1972, he attended the Middle East and Russian Institutes (now Harriman Instituteat Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs . Prager also studied international history, comparative religion, and Arabic at the University of Leeds . [1]


Prager speaking at the California Capitol Building in 2008.

Prager left Columbia University without finishing his master’s degree and writing to Judaism with his friend, Telushkin: The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism . Published in 1976, it became a bestseller that was popular in all major American Jewish movements. citation needed ] The book was intended for nonobservant Jews. Unlike Telushkin, who became an Orthodox rabbi, Prager abandoned his orthodoxy as an adult but continued to maintain many traditional Jewish practices. [1]

In April 1976, Shlomo Bardin, the founder and director of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute , invited Prager to succeed him as the director, and Prager hired Telushkin as education director. Prager remained at the institute until September 1983. During his tenure, he succeeded in influencing many young Jews and built up a cadre of “Prager followers”. He married Janice Adelstein in 1981, and in 1983, they had their son, David. [1]


In 1982, KABC (AM) in Los Angeles hired to host a Sunday night talk show. Prager hosted the show for more than ten years. He and Telushkin published another book in 1983, Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism . [2] Later that year, Prager became the Monday-Thursday talk show host for KABC, but he refused to work on Friday night, the beginning of Shabbat . He also wrote a syndicated column for newspapers across the country. In 1985, Prager launched his own quarterly journal, Ultimate Issues , which was renamed to Prager Perspectives in 1996. [1]

Since 1999, he has hosted a nationally syndicated talk show from KRLA in Los Angeles and Salem Radio Network . His show has some recurring segments. The “Happiness Hour” is based on his book Happiness Is a Serious Problem and Happens on the second hour of his show on Fridays. Other regular segments are the “Male / Female Hour”, which takes place on the second hour of his Wednesday show, and “Ultimate Issues Hour”, which takes place on the third hour of his Tuesday show.

In 2017, Prager and comedian Adam Carolla began filming No Safe Spaces , a documentary about political correctness at universities. [3]

Prager University

In 2009, Prager started a website, Prager University , which offers five-minute videos on various subjects, such as the Ten Commandments , the minimum wage , the Middle East , Global warming , and happiness, from a conservative perspective. [4] [5] According to Prager, he created the site to challenge the “unhealthy effect intellectually and morally” of the American higher education system. [6]


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According to National Public Radio , Prager “often targets multiculturalism, Muslims and LGBTQ people.” [7] According to Michael Chwe, Prager’s inflammatory views and past statements about gays, liberals and others have stirred controversy. [8]


Main article: Quran oath controversy of the 110th United States Congress

Prager in 2006 criticized Keith Ellison , the first Muslim elected to Congress, for announcing that he would use the Quran for the reenactment of his swearing in ceremony. Prager made the incorrect assertion that an oath on any book other than the Bible would be unprecedented. In response, to form New York City Mayor , Ed Koch , called for Prager to end his service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. [9]

LGBT rights

Prager opposes same-sex marriage. [10] He has suggested that same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and incest. [10] [7] In 2014, he claimed that the “heterosexual AIDS” crisis was something “manufactured by the Left.” [10]

Donald Trump

Although Prager endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election , he said that Trump was his “17th choice out of 17 candidates.” He clarified that he “was not a Trump supporter, when there was a choice,” but added, “There is no choice now. ” [11] Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic noted that Prager had in 2011 said that Trump’s profanity” make [ed] him unfit to be a presidential candidate, let alone president “; that he could not “trust the integrity or conscience of a man or woman who is humiliating his or her spouse” through adultery; that those who can not be trusted; and that “any human being with a functioning conscience or a decent heart loathes torture”.Prager said that endorsing Trump was in line with his principles because “We hold that defeating Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, and the Left is also a principle. [12] [13]

Barack Obama

In 2015, Prager headlined the title of one of the columns of the Iran nuclear agreement, “1938 and 2015: Only the Names Are Different”, implying that Obama was the equivalent of Neville Chamberlain whose Munich Agreement with Hitler act of appeasement towards Nazi Germany. [14]

News media

In July 2017, Prager said that “the news media in the West poses a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.” [10]

Published works

Prager’s columns are handled by Creators Syndicate . He has been published in The Wall Street Journal , the Los Angeles Times and Commentary . His weekly syndicated column Appears Such is online websites have Townhall , [15] National Review Online , Jewish World Review and elsewhere. He also writes a bi-weekly column for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles .

He is also the author of seven books:

  • The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (with Joseph Telushkin ) (1986) ISBN  0-671-62261-7 .
  • Think a Second Time (1996) ISBN  0-06-098709-X .
  • A Human Nature Repair Manual (1999) ISBN  0-06-098735-9 .
  • Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism (with Joseph Telushkin ) (2003) ISBN  0-7432-4620-9 .
  • Still the Best Hope: Why the American Needs World Values ​​to Triumph (2012) ISBN  0-06198512-0 .
  • The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code (2015)
  • The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Path to Follow (2015) (for children)

Spanish, German, [16] Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.


  • For Goodness Sake , 1993
  • For Goodness Sake II , 1996 [17]
  • Israel in a Time of Terror , 2002
  • Baseball, Dennis, & the French , 2011
  • No Safe Spaces (in production)


  1. ^ Jump up to:d “Dennis Prager.” Sara E. Karesh; Mitchell M. Hurvitz (2005). Encyclopedia of Judaism . Infobase Publishing. pp. 402-. ISBN  978-0-8160-6982-8 .
  2. Jump up^ “Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism, by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin”. Commentary Magazine, Mona Charen / Oct. 1, 1983
  3. Jump up^ “Adam Carolla Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for ‘No Safe Spaces’ Movie” . Retrieved August 1, 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ “Restrict YouTube access to Alan Dershowitz video”. Boston Globe, Hiawatha Bray October 14, 2016
  5. Jump up^ “YouTube restricts access to Dershowitz video – The Boston Globe” . . Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  6. Jump up^ Hallowell, Billy. “Radio host Dennis Prager Has a New Online ‘College’ to Combat Liberal Bias and Teach Judeo-Christian Values” . The Blaze .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b “Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Confronts Controversy Over Right-Wing Guest Conductor” . . Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  8. Jump up^ “Dennis Prager draws classical newbies, and a musicians’ boycott, at Disney Hall concert” . Los Angeles Times . 2017-08-17. ISSN  0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  9. Jump up^ “Koch Calls for Pundit’s Ouster from Shoah Council” . The Jewish Daily Forward . December 8, 2006.
  10. ^ Jump up to:d Deb Sopan (2017-08-07). “Santa Monica Roiled Symphony by Conservative Guest Conductor” . The New York Times . ISSN  0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  11. Jump up^ Carter, Evan (September 8, 2016). “Q & A: Dennis Prager off the air” . The Collegian .
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Friedersdorf, Conor. “Dennis Prager Puts Defeating Clinton Ahead of All His Other Principles” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  13. Jump up^ “Trump, Conservatives, and the ‘Principles’ Question” . National Review . Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  14. Jump up^ “Republican leaders who support Trump are modern-day Neville Chamberlains” . Washington Post . Retrieved 2017-08-27 .
  15. Jump up^ “Dennis Prager Conservative Warns About Defeating Themselves”. NewsMax, Brian Freeman | Oct 18, 2016
  16. Jump up^ “DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek” . Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek .
  17. Jump up^ “For goodness sake II” . World cat.

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