Monthly Archives: January 2007

Sergeant in Afghanistan: “Let’s Get it Done”

Things that I am tired of in this war: I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my commander in chief and the way he goes about his job. I am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the ground, and then tell me the best […]

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The Traitors Among Us

Because I can’t blog from desk at the Department of uhhh, Agriculture, I haven’t been able to express my anger at the crop of “enemies domestic” this country seems to have bred. Not limited to academe or the filthier quarters of the entertainment industry, they inhabit government as well. Self-loathing nihilism seems to have reached […]

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Be Good to My Daughter

“This story is true. It happened in the Beis Midrash of the Radzyner Chasidim, the alter Beis Midrash, the old Beis Midrash back in Radzyn, Poland.” “My father-in-law, Rav Pinchas Tzvi Singer ZT’L and I are sitting in his basement study. In ten days I am going to marry his daughter Karen–I have been in […]

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Groak: Sigh, So Romantic

Here at Seraphic Secret we believe it is vital to learn something new every day. For those of you who follow this blog, you know we are deeply concerned with language–yes, precision in language obsesses us. Thus, when we find a word that we have never ever heard of, a word that we never even […]

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Welcome to Palestine

In the world of international diplomacy few issues receive more wall-to-wall support than the notion that it is essential to establish a Palestinian state. Leaders worldwide are so busy speaking of how essential it is for a State of Palestine to be founded that none of them seems to have noticed that it already exists. […]

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Splitting the Evangelicals from Israel

A new strategy seems to be emerging that seeks to weaken American support for Israel. While there has been much attention given to challenges Israel faces on college campuses, in the media, and increasingly in the halls of Congress, the historically solid and vitally important support given by Evangelical Christians towards Israel is now being […]

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Jane: On Money

“Tho’ I like praise as well as anybody, I like what Edward calls Pewter too.” –Jane Austen, Letter 1814 Okay, so let’s take a look at what Jane earned during her lifetime. 1803: 10 pounds from the publisher Richard Crosby for the manuscript of Susan, that was eventually published as Northanger Abbey. 1811: 140 pounds […]

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Duke’s Tenured Vigilantes

The scandalous rush to judgment in the lacrosse “rape” case. Mike Nifong’s handling of the case was clearly outrageous. But he would probably not have gone so far, indeed would not have dared to go so far, had he not been egged on by two other groups that rushed just as quickly to judge the […]

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Talking Ourselves Into Defeat

By Daniel Henninger From The Wall Street Journal The United States is talking itself into defeat in Iraq. Its politicalculture is now in a downward spiral of pessimism. In the halls ofCongress, across endless newspaper columns, amid the punditocracy andon Sunday morning talk shows — all emit a Stygian gloom about America. Yes, on any […]

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Jane: On Those Who Are Against Marriage

“I pay very little regard… to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not seen the right person.” —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park This should be fun. Take the Jane Austen Heroine’s Quiz and discover which main character […]

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Desolate Roads

On this mission the Iraqi Army was pulling outer security while the American soldiers pulled inner security around the engineers who were patching holes in the road trying to prevent the enemy from planting bombs. We crossed from the west side of Mosul over the Tigris River to the east side. Some minutes later, the […]

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Homicide Bomber in Eilat

Three people killed as suicide bomber blows himself up in Eilat shopping center, as police search for culprits who drove bomber to scene of attack. To see video of the aftermath of this barbaric act and to read the rest of the story at Y-Net News, please click here. Baruch Dayan Emet. By the way, […]

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Dai

Stephen Z. Friedman, Seraphic Secret’s New York correspondent, attended a performance of Dai and filed this review. ******* Coming directly from the airport, after you’ve just dropped just off your 14-year-old daughter for her flight to Tel Aviv, is probably not the best time to see Iris Bahr’s one-woman show, DAI (Hebrew: Enough). Any other […]

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Hollywood’s Hebrew Kid

For those of you who are interested, there’s a feature article, Hollywood’s Hebrew Kid, about yours truly in the latest issue of “The Jerusalem Report” (Feb 5) by Brenda Gazzar. The article is accurate and incisive, and Karen has declared it: “The best piece ever written about you.” Here’s the tag-line: Robert Avrech breaks the […]

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Question for Karen

A Seraphic Reader asks: I want to know how Karen feels about all this How I Fell in Love with/married Karen stuff. Is she comfortable with it? (i.e. the public declarations) Did she feel similarly besotted? Not in the 4th grade obviously, but later on? How do you maintain this level of being madly in […]

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Jane: On Men Who Can’t Commit

You may like him well enough to marry, but not well enough to wait. — Jane Austen, Letter to her Niece Fanny

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Democrats Against Victory

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the President’s calls for victory in Iraq were met from the Democrat side of the aisle with intentional silence. Most Democrats would not applaud, much less stand, for victory in Iraq. Over the past months and years, those on the left have gone to great effort to paint […]

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Jane on Courtship

There was a scarcity of men in general, and a still greater scarcity of any that were good for much. —Jane Austen, Letter to her sister Cassandra ******* Jane’s Letters to her Sister Cassandra. You have read and loved Jane’s novels, now you are going crazy because there’s nothing left to read. Wrong. Dig into […]

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Jews of Yemen, Liberals, & Modern Kapos

Many of Yemen’s Jews this weekend fled their homes for a hotel after receiving death threats from Islamic militants accusing the country’s tiny Jewish community of serving as agents for “global Zionism.” The Jews said they feared for their lives. It was disclosed they had been forced to pay special taxes that Islam imposes on […]

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High School Confidential

I dropped out of high school because of Karen. That’s right. Could not take being in the same school. Seeing the lovely Karen Singer day after day for four long years, was more than I could bear. I’d been doing it since 4th grade in Flatbush elementary school, and let me tell you, by the […]

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