Friday Photos: Announcing a New Jewish Holiday Edition

Eleanor Parker was a brilliant actress who played comedy as well as drama. Her voice was husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. Her daughter spent a Summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel.

Eleanor Parker (’22 – ’13) was a brilliant actress who played comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

Jewish humor is filled with self-deprecating observations. We poke fun at our peculiar foibles, and frequently address our greatest anxieties — intermarriage, Jew-hatred, weight-gain — with a take-no-prisoners attitude.

If you want to know how Jews are really feeling about something or someone, pay attention to the jokes being told at the a bar mitzvah or wedding.

A few days ago, Karen and I attended a lovely wedding in Pacific Palisades.

During the smorgasbord, a friend approached, made the obligatory l’chaim and asked:

“On which Jewish holiday did Barack Obama die?”

“Obama’s not dead.”

“The day Obama dies is going to become a Jewish holiday.”

Here’s the second punch line: the guy who told me the joke is one of the few Orthodox Jewish Democrats — most Torah Jews are Conservative Republicans — with whom I’m acquainted. But he is, in his own words, “Doing teshuvah, for helping elect a straight-up Jew-hater.”

Here’s an array of fun pictures to help us get through the weekend.

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Reading Lunch Under the California Sun

BB's life was a mess. It's hard to believe that she's now 80 years old. Great photos.

BB’s life was a mess. It’s hard to believe that she’s now 80 years old. Great photos.

I usually read several few books at a time. I think I have a touch of ADD. Or maybe I’m just intellectually restless.

Because we live in Los Angeles where the sun shines almost every day of the week, I often sit in Casa Avrech’s patio eating lunch and reading.

Here’s a sample of the books I’m working on — and the lunches I eat.

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Magda Goebbels: Downfall Beyond Imagination

Corinna Harfouch as Magda Goebbels as she poisons one of her six children in “Downfall.”

Corinna Harfouch as Magda Goebbels as she poisons one of her six children in “Downfall.”

Over the past few years, YouTube viewers are regularly entertained by a short portion of the German movie Downfall (’04).

Using a single clip from the film, these ubiquitous and frequently clever shorts show Hitler ranting at his generals as Russian troops encircle Berlin and seek out the bunker. The thousand year Reich has lasted but twelve years.

The YouTube videos substitute English subtitles that have no relation to the German dialogue being spoken in the film.

The comedy lies in the juxtaposition of Hitler shrieking in German about Jews, troop movements, traitors, and Germany’s destiny. And yet the subtitles have Hitler going postal over  Obamacare or Benjamin Netanyahu — whatever subject is the target du jour.

For those who have seen the entire film, it is anything but funny. Instead, it is a powerful drama, multi-dimensional portraits of human monsters, some of whom are more monstrous than others.

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Obama’s Jihad Against Israel

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Obama’s inner Jew-hatred is finally bubbling to the surface for all to see. He’s just using Bibi’s overwhelming victory as a convenient pretext to abandon Israel and realign with the IslamoNazis of Iran.

Bret Stephens writes about The Orwellian Obama’s Presidency in this morning’s WSJ:

The humiliating denouement to America’s involvement in Yemen came over the weekend, when U.S. Special Forces were forced to evacuate a base from which they had operated against the local branch of al Qaeda. This is the same branch that claimed responsibility for the January attack on Charlie Hebdo and has long been considered to pose the most direct threat to Europe and the United States.

So who should Barack Obama be declaring war on in the Middle East other than the state of Israel?

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How Important Are Shared Memories?

Both Karen and I attended Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school.

Both Karen and I attended Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school.

More than anything, I look forward to Friday night Shabbat dinner.

Frequently, Karen and I are invited to friend’s homes where we and other guests talk, eat, and sing sweet Shabbat songs. But when I’m alone with Karen on Friday night, there is a certain magic that happens — and I never know what form that magic is going to take.

This past Friday night, Karen and I discussed the book covers our teachers in Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school insisted we use.

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Friday Photos: The No Men Edition

In one of our favorite movies, Gun Crazy ('50) John Dahl strives to please the femme fatale Peggy Cummins.

In one of our favorite movies, “Gun Crazy” (’50) John Dahl strives to please the femme fatale Peggy Cummins.

In Pierke Avot (Ethic of the Fathers) Hillel teaches: “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.”

Bibi Netanyahu won a resounding victory over the Israeli left and Barack Obama by paying heed to the great sage Hillel’s teaching. Bibi is a man in a world that is awash in eunuchs.

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Margaret in Hollywood

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Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . .

Thus begins Darcy O’Brien’s novel “Margaret in Hollywood (1992), the story of Margaret Spencer, an early child star of vaudeville and a rising Shakespearean actress, and her reluctant journey to Hollywood in 1927.

Darcy O’Brien (1939–1998) was the son of Hollywood stars George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill. His first novel, the splendid “A Way of Life Like Any Other” (reviewed here), was an autobiographical work that told of a Hollywood prince’s childhood that started out magical and then, as his parents’ careers crashed and burned, turned tragically marginal.

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Bibi Defeats Barack

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The Israeli election of 2015 is a crushing defeat for Barack Obama and the appeasers of the left.

Despite the dozens of Obama’s Democrat operatives who flooded Israel in the past few months, despite the unprecedented vilification Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered at the hands of the mainstream American and Israeli media (save for Sheldon Adelson’s daily Israel Hayom), despite the leftist alliance with the Joint (Arab) List whose declared goal is to dismantle the Jewish state, and despite the laundered money that Obama’s State Department funneled into the coffers of leftist Israeli political operatives, Netanyahu and Likud won a historic victory.

How did the polls get it so wrong?

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Obama Declines to Renew Emergency Oil Supply Pact With Israel

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Yes, Obama is that spiteful against the Jewish State.

In September 1975, when Israel and Egypt were negotiating Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai, the status of the Sinai oil fields was a central issue.

Israel had been getting oil from these fields after taking over the Sinai in the aftermath of the Six Day War in which Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attempted to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

The U.S. gave Israel oil guarantees that allowed Israel to withdraw securely from the Sinai, and sign a peace agreement with Egypt.

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Obama’s Two-Pronged Attack on Israel

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Two stories have come to light that should alarm those who care about the Constitution and Israel.

The Obama administration claimed that they were boycotting Netanyahu’s historic speech to Congress because it was too close to Israeli elections and they did not want to take part in what they characterized as a partisan speech.

Of course, the Obama thugocracy prefers to undermine Israeli elections in a far more direct, immoral, and probably illegal manner.

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Friday Photos: Trompe L’oeil Nation

John Haberle, “Leave Your Order Here” oil on canvas, 1895. John Haberle (1856–1933) was a 19th-century American painter in the trompe l'oeil (literally, "fool the eye") style. He is considered one of the three major figures—together with William Harnett and John F. Peto—practicing this form of still life painting in the United States in the last quarter of the 19th century.

John Haberle, “Leave Your Order Here” oil on canvas, 1895. John Haberle (1856–1933) was a 19th-century American artist best known for his trompe l’oeil paintings. He is considered one of the three major figures—together with William Harnett and John F. Peto—practicing this form of still life painting in 19th century America.

The idea is to fool the eye, to convince the viewer that the object exists in three dimensions. But of course, the surface is flat. It is a masterful illusion.

So it is with Barack Obama and the postmodern Democrat party, who wage a ceaseless campaign of political trompe l’oeil. The Constitution, the separation of powers, America’s national borders, the very meaning of citizenship, all are being rendered illusions in order to better serve the totalitarian ideology that is at the heart of the Democrat party.

From the very beginning of his run for the Presidency, Obama spun a spiderweb of illusions, sure in the knowledge that the color of his skin was impenetrable armor against criticism. When Obama’s spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright was unmasked as an American and Jew-hating bigot, Obama claimed that in 20 years he never — not once — heard any of Wright’s hateful sermons.

Only the willfully gullible would believe Obama’s shameless denial.

The list of Obama’s lies is as long as the mountain of gibberish that is Obamacare. And as Jonathan Gruber smirked, that law was designed to fool a foolish people.

Obama’s greatest work of trompe l’oeil is on behalf of radical Islam. Obama thanked “Muslim Americans for their many achievements and contributions to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”

Even for Obama, this is an incandescent fantasy, a rewriting of American history that is half lies and the other half untrue.

And now that Benjamin Netanyahu has alerted the American people to Obama’s unAmerican appeasement to Tehran, Obama is going to bypass Congress — the voice of the American people — in favor of a dubious U.N. ratification.

On that grim note let’s tale a look at our latest collection of stills that will, hopefully, brighten our mood.

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Progressive Privilege: Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

It was inevitable.

Once Holder’s Department of Justice lynched the Ferguson Police Department with phony statistics and basically called for nationalizing a local police force, it was open season on the police in Ferguson.

Now two Ferguson police officers have been shot.

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O (rwellian) U Speech

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The facts seem simple. A bunch (not sure how many) of drunken frat boys from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Oklahoma University were taped chanting about ten seconds of a racist song.

There will never be a nigger at SAE
There will never be a nigger at SAE
You can hang him from a tree
But he’ll never sign with me
There will never be a nigger at SAE.

The national fraternity has now banned the chapter. OU has closed the doors to the SAE frat house and told everyone living there to find a new place to live. Two students have beeexpelled.

Howard (no last name given), the frat house cook and a black man, is noout of a job. Mercifully, some OU alumni have taken up a collection on his behalf.

Howard is collateral liberal damage.

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Why America Invaded Iraq

A superb history lesson in five minutes by the great British historian Andrew Roberts, produced by Prager University.

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If You Stand With the Jews Obama’s Gonna Get You

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez

Maud used to say: “G-d’s gonna get you.”

This classic sitcom line is always punctuated with canned laughter because comedy frequently unveils tragic truths.

Obama’s political hit squad, ironically named the Department of Justice, is about to charge Sen. (D) Robert Menendez on Federal corruption charges.

Seraphic Secret has no doubt that Menendez is something of a sleaze ball. After all he is a Democrat from New Jersey. However, as anyone with half a brain realizes, Obama’s DOJ is highly selective as to which sleaze balls they choose to target.

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Friday Photos: There is No End of History Edition

Jewish children wearing Purim costumes are guarded by Israel soldiers in the Jewish city of Hebron, currently under occupation by Arab Muslim colonials.

Jewish children wearing Purim costumes are guarded by Israeli soldiers in the indigenous Jewish city of Hebron, currently under occupation by Arab Muslim imperialists.

Benjamin Netanyahu, in his devastating deconstruction of disastrous Obama’s Iranian policy was, in spite of Obama’s unprecedented assault on the Jewish State’s Prime Minister, a Churchillian attempt to preserve Western civilization against the onslaught of IslamoNazis.

Obama’s White House would have you believe that Obama’s problem is a personal beef with Bibi. In fact, Obama’s problem is with Israel, the Jewish State.

Obama views the world as a place where there are no evil people — only those who have legitimate grievances against various power groups. For Obama, Israel is a colonial aggressor against the poor folks of Palestine. And the reason the Palestinians are terrorist barbarians is because the Jews have made them so. This is the ideology of a provincial, dogmatically rigid community organizer who guilted America into electing him to the world’s most powerful office.

Israel will, said Netanyahu, act alone if she must, because once again, the Persian kingdom is on the march and is an existential threat to the Jewish people. Netanyahu’s goal with this declaration, which received one of 42 standing ovations, was to cement Congressional support for an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, thereby neutralizing Obama’s poisonous hostility to the Jewish State.

Make no mistake about it, the leader of the free world is Benjamin Netanyahu.

Barack Obama is choosing to take a break from history. And if there is one thing loyal Jews have learned from the Torah it is that history never stops, cycles and patterns never change because human nature never changes. There is good and there is evil, and at some juncture, decent people must make the choice to name, confront, and destroy evil before it is ascendant.

Anyhoo.

Time to enjoy some wonderful photos. Hopefully, there is something for everyone.

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Purim: The Non-Progressive Jewish Holiday

“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” by Jan Victors, 1640s.

“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” by Jan Victors, 1640s.

Today is the holiday of Purim.

And it is no accident that Benjamin Netanyahu referenced this Jewish holiday when delivering his powerful and historic address to the U.S. Senate the other day.

It’s an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but agnonizingly familiar story: A Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia.

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Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech, First Yahrzeit

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, which in the Jewish calendar translates into the 13th of Adar. Thus, this is the first Yahrzeit, memorial, without my father’s physical presence in this world. My father was 94 years old.

He is gone, but he is certainly not forgotten.

During Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s historic address to Congress yesterday, I pondered the astonishing trajectory of my father’s life. Born in a tiny impoverished Polish town, my father and his family emigrated to the Goldeneh Medinah, the Golden Country, where they found the liberty to live as Jews and Americans.

My father reveled in Americanism, even as he lived the life of a Torah Jew, and a religious Zionist.

Like most New York Jews, my father was a lever-pulling Democrat for most of his life. But in his later years, he realized that the Democrat party had changed into something all too recognizable: a crypto-socialist organism.

My father was appalled by Obama and could not quite believe that America elected such a man to its highest office.

As we head into Purim, the holiday in which Jews remember an ancient Persian regime that sought to annihilate the Jewish people, I will read Megillat Esther and proudly remember my father: a pious Jew and a proud American.

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Bibi Speaks and Democrats Play the Jew-Hatred Card

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Here is Bibi’s powerful speech to Congress. No wonder Obama did not want the American people to hear it. Bibi clearly laid out why Obama and the Democrats are delusional, dangerous appeasers of the IslamoNazis of Iran.

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Obama Plays the Jew Card and the The Democrat Betrayal of Liberty

Iran going nuclear is not just about Israel.

Obama, playing the standard leftist Jew-card, would have us believe that those pesky Jews are getting in the way of his faux negotiations with a genocidal yearning Islamist state. But the truth is, Iran as a nuclear threshold power is a direct threat to world freedom.

When Democrats boycott Netanyahu’s speech, they are not just boycotting the Jewish State, they are boycotting freedom itself.

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Graph H/T Gateway Pundit

Not a single member of the Obama administration attended Bibi’s speech.

As Bret Stephens points out, the Democrat party no longer supports Israel.

Seraphic Secret would add, the Democrat party no longer supports liberty.

The irony of this entire Democrat exercise in bad faith is that more people will pay attention to Netanyahu’s speech because Obama and the Democrats are acting like petulant children.

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