Monthly Archives: January 2006

Our Island Home VI

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. Note: Links […]

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Our Island Home V

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. EXT. PRISON […]

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Our Island Home IV

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. Establishing Shot: […]

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Our Island Home III

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. In which […]

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Our Island Home II

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. In Which […]

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Our Island Home, Part I

Seraphic Disclaimer: This post contains some language that is a bit, actually, a lot more graphic than is normally found in Seraphic Secret. So if you are young, under 18, religiously modest, or secularly modest, the following, which deals with life in a women’s prison, might not be appropriate reading matter for you. “I killed […]

Posted in Hollywood | 38 Responses

Alone in Yichud

The continuing saga, some call it a romance, of: How I Married Karen — Chapter 32 Karen and I enter Yichud, June 19, 1977, Lido Beach Hotel After the Chuppah, the wedding ceremony, Karen and I, and all Jewish chossons, grooms, and kallahs, brides, immediately retire to a private room to be alone. This is […]

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Day of Wrath

The first thing we hear is the urgent chiming of church bells. Our view widens to reveal a stark 17th century Danish village. An old woman tries to escape, but she is cornered and captured. She screams like a beast. Absalon, a rigid but compassionate Christian Minister interrogates the old woman, begs her, orders her […]

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Seraphic Secret Meets Zionist Conspiracy

One of the unseen benefits of this blog, and the internet in general is that my social life has expanded way beyond its normal boundaries–which is pretty limited: Karen and the girlses and the four walls of Casa Avrech are my world. Hollywood is where I work and it’s a tedious place filled with — […]

Posted in Friends | 29 Responses

AJL Award for Hebrew Kid

I have just been informed that The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden has been selected as a 2006 Notable Children’s Book of Jewish Content by the Association of Jewish Libraries. I am deeply touched and grateful to be recognized by this fine organization.

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Beauty and Me

The continuing saga of: How I Married Karen — Chapter 31 I save everything. The problem is that when I want to find something, I can’t. There is a picture, somewhere, of Karen in the fourth grade, playing Shabbos Mommy in Yeshiva of Flatbush, lighting Shabbos candles, and she is a-dorable. Naturally, I can’t find […]

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Africa

I have just finished reading one of the most important and depressing books I have ever read, The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith. The subtitle of this superb volume is: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair, A History of 50 Years of Independence. The portrait of Africa that Meredith so […]

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Seraphic Contest

Ten. That’s the magic number. Seraphic Secret readers will recognize ten as the age I first laid eyes on Karen and fell hopelessly, helplessly in love with her. I have been writing about this in our series, How I Married Karen. The other day, Seraphic Friend Sarah, commented on our latest installment, My Ugetsu, Could […]

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Endless Moment

I am dizzy. Karen and I are attending a simcha, a celebration. I have been dancing with the men, going round and round like a top. My joy for the young couple who are celebrating their engagement knows no bounds. I am determined that nothing will dilute the happiness that seems to burst from every […]

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My Ugetsu

The story of how I fell in love with Karen in fourth grade, held on to that love through grade school, high school, college, post college, and then at age 25, met her at a Jewish street Festival and a year later we were wed. Guess what, I got un-lazy, glued my butt to the […]

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Ariel Sharon

Prime Minister Sharon is quite ill. No matter how you feel about his recent policies, I refer of course to the Gaza pullout, which I opposed, I am saying Tehillim, Psalms for him. Ariel Sharon has devoted his life to the State of Israel. Let it not be forgotten that it was his crossing of […]

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The End of the West

You must read this.

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Kaplan on CNN

Readers of Seraphic Secret will have come across many fine comments by Jake. Jake has been our friend for, oh, a long time. He was one of our original readers, along with Lance, Toronto Pearl and Cruisin Mom. Karen and I tend to develop warm relationships with quite a few of our readers. The thing […]

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Gaza Goes Ga-Ga

Hat tip to reader Lance for bringing this fine article to my attention. MAYHEM IN GAZA AND THE FUTURE OF PALESTINE. Warning Shotsby Martin PeretzTNR OnlinePost date: 01.03.06 The only thing that’s going to solve this,” Steven Spielberg told Time magazine, “is rational minds, a lot of sitting and talking until you’re blue in the […]

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Dishonest Reporter Awards

As a follow-up to our piece yesterday about the odious NY Times, here is Honest Reporting.com’s Dishonest Reporter Awards for 2005. Their annual recognition for The Most Dishonest and Skewed Reporting on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. Read it and weep for you will see nothing less than treachery. That these people call themselves journalists is a […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    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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