Monthly Archives: September 2005

Deep Contrast

For Shabbos, I’d like you all to read my friend Rabbi Berel Wein’s illuminating article Saturday Night Live. Here he contrasts two rallies: a so-called peace rally in Jerusalem, with by the usual suspects, Jews entirely estranged from Judaism and from the very land they inhabit. And in deep contrast, selichos, Lamentations, in shul, synagogue. […]

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The Arab Heart of Darkness

In yesterday’s Wall street Journal the great Arab scholar Fouad Ajami dissects the thundering silence in the Arab world as one act of terror after another takes place in Iraq. The lack of values in the Arab world is stunning. But I, a Jew didn’t say it, read on and weep for civilization and the […]

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Required Reading

Many thanks to Jake Novak for bringing Letter to a Palestinian Neighbor, by Yossi Klein Halevi to my attention. I have to admit that I’m a bit stunned that Halevi had to go through this whole “spiritual journey” to come to what to me are kind of obvious conclusions about the Palestinians. Anybody with a […]

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Interviewed, Sort Of

I’ve had a cold the past few days and then yesterday I got hit with category five migraine. Not a good time to have an hour long radio interview, but I made a promise to the Mike Rosen Show in Denver and I just sat down at my desk and kind of toughed my way […]

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New Album

The other day, after hours and hours of writing, I stepped into the house for a break. There was a knock at the door and hermit that I am I peeked through the wooden slats. Who can that be in the middle of the afternoon? I worried. I breathed a sigh of relief and opened […]

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Seraphic Nanny

“Why is it raining!?” Yesterday morning, as I was getting ready to drive Offspring #3 to school, she looked out the window and demanded an answer to her question. Actually, she wasn’t really asking a question, she was just letting me know that she was annoyed with the weather. Afterall, this is California and it […]

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Emmy Night

How did I spend Emmy night? I was watching a DVD of the towering mini-series, Lonesome Dove. It is a great movie and I fear that that we will not see a film like this in a very long time.

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Migdal David

This book is the hardest thing I’m ever going to write. And it’s funny, because it shouldn’t be. My brother Dovid’s story should leap from my fingertips onto the page. It should be the easiest, most natural thing in the world to tell his tale, his life and how it’s affected mine. Because Dovid’s story is so much a part of my story and completely intertwined in what I’m all about.

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Permission to Marry Karen

The continuing saga of of Robert’s lifelong love affair with Karen. How I Married Karen — Chapter 25 I know that I have to do this. I know because, well, because I’ve seen it in the movies. You go into your fiance’s father’s book-lined study and you say, “Sir, I’m in love with your daughter […]

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Seraphic Replay

The weekend replay schedule for my radio interview is here:

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Seraphic Radio Interview

After my article, Help! I’m a Hollywood Republican, was published in The Jewish Press two weeks ago, I was besieged by dozens of phone calls, hundreds of e-mails and numerous requests for various interviews. Just a few days ago, I finally finished answering every single letter that was written to me in response to the […]

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Seraphic Nose Job(s)

“Rachel (not her real name) looks great doesn’t she?”“Well of course she had her nose done.” It is Shabbos afternoon. Lunch at the Avrech home. Offspring #3 has three friends over for the Shabbos meal, and so counting Karen and OS #3 there are 5 girls and one male — me. There are moments in […]

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Of all the horrendous scenes from Hurricane Katrina that Karen and I have watched, the single image that has sent us reeling is of a middle aged daughter dragging the corpse of her father on an inflatable mattress; he is tightly, lovingly wrapped in white sheets. The dutiful daughter, eyes downcast, explains to the newscaster: […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    NOTE: Click on video titles inside the thumbnail images, below, to open that video in YouTube

    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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