Monthly Archives: October 2005

Cathy Goes Public

For three years now, a close friend has been fighting lung cancer. She’s a well known journalist here in Los Angeles and has not gone public with her illness. Until now. Cathy Siepp has gone public. Cathy and her daughter Maia have had a Shabbos meal here at Casa Avrech and they shared a Passover […]

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Leaving Brooklyn, Meet Goatboy, Larry Elder

I love a good sign and what could be more approriate than this sign posted on the Williamsburg Bridge. Before the holidays Seraphic Friend Lisa sent us a present of the soap she and her family manufacture. She explained that her son Bobby was having severe allergic reaction to regular soaps and so Lisa started […]

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Have Shabbos Will Travel

Confession: the holidays are torture. Succos is supposed to be, z’man simchatanu, the time of our rejoicing. But we miss Ariel so much that joy is like a far shore. I sit in shul and watch the other men with their sons and I want to flee. Davening, praying, is a challenge, well, it’s always […]

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Bulgarian Mossad Agents!

Five Bulgarian Nurses and a Palestinian doctor working in Libya are on trial for their lives, accused of infecting children with the AIDS virus. Of the 380 children that are infected, 47 have died. The nurses and the doctor initially confessed to the charges but later claimed police extracted their confessions with torture including beatings […]

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Succos Present, Succos Past

Building the Succah is supposed to be a joyous labor, but I have to confess that for me it’s simply an emotional minefield. The year before Ariel died, his best friends from his high school, Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, came over to our house. They brought soda and pizza and they all sat in […]

Posted in Remembering Ariel | 11 Responses


When I was seven years old my parents sent me to Camp Massad, a sleep-a-way camp. I was incredibly homesick. I was lucky though, I had the world’s most wonderful counselor: Shlomo Riskin. He was about 17 years old then, and he comforted me and took me under his wing. We have been friends ever […]

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Hebrew Kid Gets an Award

We’ve just been informed that The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden is a Finalist in the USA Book News Awards, Young Adult Fiction category.

Posted in Seraphic Press in the Press | 14 Responses

Liberty in Hollywood

The winds of change are blowing through Hollywood. The voices of sanity are being raised in the creative community. I’d like all my readers to be aware of the Liberty Film Festival. This article gives just a brief rundown on the events but you should go to the home page and definitely buy tickets. I […]

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Seraphic New Year

Yesterday, Karen took Offspring #3 to Loehmann’s. While in the dressing room they called Offspring #2 who was, at that very moment, telepathically, in the NY branch of Loehmann’s. Totally unplanned, mind you. So when my girlses (not a mistake) shop it’s a communal affair with lots of give and take and laughter. It’s a […]

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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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