Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.”
—Myrna Loy

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Rebbetzin Celia Singer, Z’L

I have always loved this snapshot of Celia Singer, my mother-in-law, holding my wife Karen, Brooklyn, 1951.

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Karen’s mother

Rebbetzin Celia Singer   צילה בת חנה שרה

My beloved mother-in-law passed away yesterday, surrounded by family.

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Hidden Hollywood: Seven Obscure Jewish Films

What’s a Jewish film? My definition is quite simple. It is a film that deals with Jewish subject matter. Thus, Woody Allen does not make Jewish films. In truth, Hollywood movies that do deal with Judaism are quite rare. Take a look at the subject headings in Netflix. There is no category for Jewish films.

However, there are now quite a few interesting indie films on Amazon Prime and Netflix that deal seriously or humorously with Jewish subject matter. But those movies will be the subject of a future blog post. I’m also planning a blog post about Yiddish films, a fascinating genre.

For now, I’d like to bring your attention to a few obscure Jewish Hollywood films that can usually be found on TCM. And if you’re lucky, some may show up on You Tube.

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Prager U: What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

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Veteran’s Day, 2017: My Favorite Veteran, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech z’l

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often speaks of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often spoke of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014. This is the fourth Veteran’s Day without my father’s physical presence in this world.

He is gone, but like all veteran’s certainly not forgotten.

Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families.

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10 Must See War Movies

Alas, not a single Myrna Loy film shows up here. But I just can’t resist posting this uplifting photo of Loy serving coffee to American sailors in the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. Lucky guys.

There is no subject as well suited for the movies as war.

In war there is conflict, love, and of course lots of action. Movies, said Hitchcock, are just like life, but with the boring parts cut out. Thus, movies about war delete the incredible boredom of most war-time experiences in favor of the hyper-drama that characterizes training, combat, and the bursts of romance and friendship that invariably help define characters within a blasted landscape.

Seraphic Secret would like to draw your attention to ten spectacular war movies. Each film seethes with a specific national and regional point of view. And yet war and man’s experiences in war are universal, and each film left yours truly horrified, enlightened and deeply moved.

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How to Respond to the Sutherland Springs Massacre

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs

So far, the dead in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs massacre number 26, with 20 wounded.

This atrocity will, no doubt, devolve into a debate about gun control. Democrats will label the NRA evil, and the Republicans who support the Second Amendment as a bunch of knuckle draggers. Never mind that it seems it was good man with a gun who put a halt to the killing spree.

Gun debate aside, let me propose a few simple measures that the media should adopt in the wake of a mass killing.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually agent, actor, director, producer, leading man. And you are a star if you sleep with them in that order. Crude but true.”
—Hedy Lamarr

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Vehicle Attacks: What Begins With the Jews

Investigators inspect a truck used by an IslamoNazi to mow down cyclists and pedestrians yesterday in New York, October 31, 2017 (AFP Photo/Don Emmert)

On 14 February 2001, an IslamoNazi from Gaza drove a bus into a group of Israeli soldiers who stood at a bus stop at the Azor junction, killing 8 people and injuring 26 others.

This was the first case of a vehicle being used by IslamoNazis as a tool of terrorism. The world yawned because after all the victims were soldiers and thus considered fair game for the poor oppressed IslamoNazis.

But of course once the left legitimized the killing of Jewish soldiers, the definition of acceptable targets was bound to expand to, well, everyone.

For years, Seraphic Secret has warned that Jews/Israel is the canary in the coal mine of civilization.

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World Series 2017 and the Social Contract

World Series, 2017

The 2017 World Series between the Huston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of the most exciting and evenly matched pairings I have ever seen.

Each game is an exercise in Hitchcockian suspense.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The main problem in marriage is that for a man sex is a hunger like eating. If the man is hungry and can’t get to a fancy French restaurant, he goes to a hot dog stand. For a woman, what is important is love and romance.”
—Joan Fontaine

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Jews With and Without Guns

My brother-in-law David with his Glock.

When Karen and I were in Israel we were comforted by the presence everywhere of Jews with guns. Karen’s brother David, an accomplished lawyer, Rabbi and businessman, carries his Glock nearly everywhere.

David is a good man. Thus, he is a good man with a gun.

The reason he carries a gun—and is licensed to do so in the Jewish state—is because there are millions of bad men and women, IslamoNazis, who seek to kill every Jew in Israel, every Jew on the face of the earth.

The only defense against a bad man with a weapon—any weapon—is a good man with a weapon.

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Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights

The right to bear arms isn’t just a constitutional issue — it’s a women’s rights issue. Author and commentator Katie Pavlich explains why guns are the great equalizer between men and women.
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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Too many divorces for so small a town. But then you mustn’t forget that Hollywood is a hard place to be happy unless you’re so absorbed in your work that you haven’t time to get into mischief. I do believe what I say when I tell you that no married person should leave husband or wife alone in Hollywood. There’s too much temptation. Think of all the charming, intelligent people out there.”
– Dolores del Rio

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Seraphic Secret in Israel, 2017

Fearlessly, Karen makes her way through the Arab souk towards the Kotel.

Karen and I spent the last days of Succos in Israel. Mostly we stayed in Efrat with Karen’s brother David and his lovely family. But we did manage to spend one day in Jerusalem where we headed straight to the holy Kotel, the Western Wall, the remnants of the Second Temple.

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Roman Theater Uncovered at Base of Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Israel’s Antiquities Authority’s Tehillah Lieberman stands in an ancient Roman theater-like structure at the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem’s old city, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique 1,800-year-old structure abutting the Western Wall that is believed to have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign.

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The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group

The Southern Poverty Law Center bills itself as a watchdog of hate groups. But is this just a cover for its true aims? Journalist and author Karl Zinsmeister explains. Donate today to PragerU! http://l.prageru.com/2eB2p0h

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Keaton had a great influence on me. A lot of his moves I intuitively copied in doing some numbers. I know I was thinking of him when I did a dance with a squeaky board and a newspaper. I didn’t look like him, but I often wish I did. He was a complete genius, and there was a lot of dance inherent in his movements.”
—Gene Kelly

Once again Friday Photos appears on Wednesday due to the last days of Sukkot which begin tonight and then run into Shabbat. Enjoy!

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Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion?

Are male and female one and the same? Or are there real male-female differences rooted in biology? Ashley McGuire, author of “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female,” explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Last night I was awake all night again. Sometimes I wonder what the nighttime is for. It almost doesn’t exist for me—it all seems like one long, long horrible day.”
—Marilyn Monroe, Letter to her psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, 1961

No, you have not fallen into a time warp. It is Wednesday. So: why Friday Photos today? The celebration of Succos starts tonight and continues into Shabbat. And because Orthodox Jews (that’s us) do not use electronics during these holidays you get Friday Photos early. We hope you enjoy this edition.

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