Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor passed many hours arguing furiously about who was more Jewish.
When Mike Todd (b. Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) was killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth found comfort in Judaism. “I am absolutely Jewish now in my beliefs and feelings,” she said.
At her conversion, Elizabeth Taylor took the Jewish name Elisheva Rachel.
In the compulsively readable Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger report on the frequently drunken arguments in which Richard Burton and Taylor indulged over—get this—their respective Jewishness.
Posted in Actors, Art, Egypt, Elizabeth Taylor, Family, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Painting, Passover, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions
Tagged Amy Klein Reichert, Audrey Flack, Dura Europos fresco, El Lissitzky, Elizabeth Taylor, Ethiopian Jews in Israel, Furious Love, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, Jet Naftaniel-Joëls, Kosher for Passover Food Cart, Mayan Ariel, Moshe Zabari, Nicole Eisenman, Nodar Djindjihashvili, R.B. Kitaj, Richard Burton, Sari Srulovich, Wilhelm Hensel
Hasidic mother and daughter enjoy the Liberty Science Center. But is it safe for them to use the restroom?
It’s happening with astonishing speed.
The radical left has moved from the redefinition of marriage to the nullification of gender. If you feel that you are a woman, then justice demands that you and your penis have the right to use the women’s restroom.
Those who disagree are labeled bigots. Giant corporations buckle under pressure from the left for fear of violence and boycotts. A Target in Florida confirmed that men who feel that they are women can use the women’s bathroom.
Pop stars Nick Joans and Demi Lovato have joined a growing list of celebrities who have cancelled concerts in North Carolina over the state’s passage of HB 2, a law governing public restrooms.
As always, the left seeks to demonize and then destroy those who disagree with their increasingly hysterical demands.
Posted in America, Christianity, Judaism, Judaism & Christianity, Masculine/Feminine
Tagged Bone Marrow Transplant, Categorical Imperative, Culture Wars, Hasidim, Liberty Science Center, Male-Female, Mental Illness, Modesty, Public Restrooms, sexuality, Target, Transgender
A Jew prays at the Western Wall (Photo by Robert J. Avrech)
Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that Yossi Klein Halevi and I went to yeshiva high school together. At the time, Yossi was active in Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Jewish Defense League. Yours truly was sort of terrified of the JDL guys who used to hang out by the lockers and plot who-knows-what. A few years ago Offspring #3 married Yossi’s maternal nephew. No longer scary, Yossi is now an Israeli, a husband and father, and a hugely respected author and journalist. He and I have grown close.
Though Yossi has authored several excellent books, his first effort, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist” is my absolute favorite. His evocation of our high school, Brooklyn Talmudic Academy, is astonishingly vivid. And I admire the manner in which he is able to look at his younger self with such bracing honesty. Do yourself a favor and head on over to Yossi’s author’s page.
Yossi’s latest article is about the cultural/historical genocide UNESCO is waging against Judaism and the state of Israel.
Posted in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Denial, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jihad Watch, Judaism, Passover, Yossi Klein Halevi
Tagged Anti-Zionism, Judaism UNder Assault, Seder, Torah, Yossi Klein Halevi
To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected–oil, coal and natural gas.
Daenerys Targaryn, Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones. “The slave learns to love his shackles.”
Friday night begins the holiday of Passover in which Jews celebrate deliverance from Egyptian bondage.
In order to escape the shackles of slavery, the vast machinery of the mighty Egyptian state had to be crushed. Those who wielded absolute power were reduced to nothingness. G-d did this not only to diminish the physical power of a pitiless slave state, but to begin the process of making free the minds of the Israelites.
Slavery is an insidious institution, not only because it shackles the body, but creates a mentality where the slave identifies with his master to such a degree that he becomes complicit in his own bondage. He loves his master and cannot imagine a world absent an overlord.
As Daenerys Targaryn (Emilia Clarke) observes (via screenwriters) in Game of Thrones, “The slave learns to love his shackles.”
Posted in America, Big Government, Gun Control, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew Without A Gun, Jews & Guns, Obama Watch, Obamacare, Passover, Second Amendment
Tagged Big Government, Daenerys Targaryn, Egyptian Bondage, Emilia Clarke, Freedom, Game of Thrones, George Orwell, Holocaust, Judenrat, Kapos, Second Amendment, Slavery, The Mentality of Slavery
The Old-New Synagogue in Prague where the Maharal, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, officiated.
The other day I spent some time with one of my closest friends here in Los Angeles. He is a successful businessman, a father, an Orthodox Jew. Recently, he and his lovely wife took a trip to Prague and Budapest. I asked him if they had a good time. My friend hesitated, smiled, and kind of shook his head as if unsure what the word fun means.
“I’ll tell you, Robert, both cities were beautiful…”
“Lots of cobblestones, right?”
John Gallagher Jr, and Brie Larson in Short Term 12.
To be young is to be foolish and make mistakes—hopefully none of them fatal. It’s also a time for trying on different guises and carving out a place in the world. Most of all it’s a time of crazy impulses, mad love affairs, and grandiose dreams. To be young is to be the main character of a great and powerful drama titled, My Life.
Hollywood has always been attracted to youth as a subject matter. From the flapper movies of the roaring 20s, to the rock and roll movies of the 50s, to the rebellious cinema of the 60s, Hollywood has defined and redefined what it means to be young.
Recently, I sampled a bunch of movies that are streaming on Netflix. Out of a dozen films I have chosen three—all indie, low-budget productions—that skillfully explore the vagaries of youth with visual verve and sharp psychological insights.
Posted in Hollywood, Movies, Netflix
Tagged 6 Years, Acting, Ben Rosenfield, Brie Larson, Fish Tank, John Gallagher Jr., Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Netflix, Short Term 12, Taissa Farmiga, Youth Movies
Not too long ago, my wife Karen and I were watching a news program where the phrase “Islamic radicalization” was used by various talking heads as an explanation for mass murder committed by IslamoNazis.
The intellectually lazy pundits made it seem as if some nice middle class boys and girls were cruising the internet and bam! they got all IslamoNazi and then, of course, murdered a bunch of innocent men, women and children.
The corruption of language moves in tandem with the hatred of America/Israel that is the defining characteristic of postmodern liberalism.
Radical Islam nourishes itself with the cultural obsessions of the radical left — the dominant ideology/religion of the secular West.
Seraphic Secret invited our good friend Jake Novak to review George Gilder’s important new book.
Imagine you’re a carpenter who naturally relies on a good hammer to get your work done. But after years of reliable service, that hammer starts to act strangely. Sometimes it pushes the nail into the wood, and sometimes it doesn’t. Come to think of it, now your ruler isn’t measuring things the same way it used to either. Without consistent and safe tools, doing your work has become impossible.
That’s pretty much what’s happening to money in the Western world according to George Gilder’s provocative and insightful new book, The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does.
Gilder’s name should be familiar to Seraphic Secret readers because of the starring role he plays in the great Prager University video: “The Israel Test.” (He wrote a book of the same name). And I think this new book reveals a profound reason for Gilder’s pro-Israel beliefs that I will explain later.
Posted in Big Government, Book Reviews, Books, Economy, Israel
Tagged Chrysler, Federal Reserve, Ford, George Gilder, GM, Jake Novak, Money, non-functioning money, profit motive, Silicon Valley, The Iron Horse
As law-abiding citizens, Karen and I collected our tax statements, itemized charitable deductions, carefully listed our business expenses, and sent them to our accountant a few weeks ago.
There is a kind of horror that sets in when you are confronted with just how much of your hard-earned income goes to state and federal governments — who spend your money on G-d knows what.
California, once a golden land of limitless opportunity, home to a Republican majority, has turned fanatic Democrat and, of course, shape-shifted into a sink-hole of tax laws that bleeds businesses, enriches corrupt unions, and spends vast sums of public money on absurd projects like the bullet train… which no one is going to use.
Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.
You are all invited to The Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.
For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.
Karen and I are delighted to announce that our friend Ben Shapiro will deliver this year’s lecture, “How You Can Save Israel.”
Kay Wilson was left for dead in an orgy of violence in Jerusalem by two Palestinian terrorists who now are receiving £9,000 in ‘blood money’ every year with the help of British aid
Several weeks ago I heard Ms. Wilson on Dennis Prager’s radio show.
I was cruising along Wilshire Boulevard. But as Wilson detailed her ordeal, and described the glee of the IslamoNazi butchers who tortured Ms. Wilson and murdered her friend Kristine Luken, I pulled over and parked.
I was trembling, filled with rage at the evil—Jew-hatred/anti-Zionism—this world not only tolerates but encourages and funds through economic incentives.
Two Palestinian terrorists who repeatedly stabbed a British woman in a brutal attack and killed her friend are now each receiving at least £9,000 in ‘blood money’ every year with the help of UK aid.
Kay Wilson was left for dead in an orgy of violence in Jerusalem in which Kristine Luken, an American, was killed.
The attackers were eventually caught and, after admitting their crimes, were sent to prison.
But Ms Wilson was horrified to learn from news reports that her assailants were being paid a monthly stipend equivalent to £750 each effectively from the Palestinian Authority (PA).
When asked what he proposed to do about the cold war with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan famously replied: “We win, they lose.”
Of course, the chattering classes mocked Reagan as a simple-minded war monger.
The postmodern Democrat party is quite good when fighting Republicans, their true enemy. But when it comes to those who routinely commit mass murder and promise genocide the Democrats go all kumbaya.
Posted in America, ISIS, Islam, Islam Denial, Islamic State, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazi Kidnappings, IslamoNazis, Israel, Obama Watch
Tagged Brussels, Democrat Party, EU, London, Obama, Paris
The UN is a cesspool of leftist Jew-haters.
One of the cornerstones of Obama’s foreign policy is to engage with the UN on world affairs so that America does not act unilaterally.
In short, Obama and the Democrat Party have legitimized the Jew-hatred and blood libels that lie at the heart of the UN.
It is the American taxpayer who finances this swamp of Jew-hatred.
Anne Bayefsky documents the UN’s latest evil.
According to the United Nations, the most evil country in the world today is Israel.
On March 24, 2016, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.
On the same day, the UN Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states.
Posted in Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, United Nations
Tagged Ann Bayefsky, Brussels, EU, Geneva, Jew-hatred, NGO Jew-Hatred, UK, UN, UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Human Rights Council