Monthly Archives: February 2007

Bibi & Bill: A Love Story

This is great. An instant classic. This video clip of Bibi Netanyahu on the Bill Maher Show is nothing short of astonishing. Bibi scores point after point, and what’s most amazing is that the uber-liberal Maher, normally cynical and snarky, is right there with him, all quiet and respectful. Usually, I skate right past Bill […]

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Jewish Jew-Hatred

In December, 2006, I published an essay with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) titled “‘Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism.” It slumbered for a while and then suddenly provoked the interests and passions of more people than I could ever have imagined. More about these reactions soon. For now, the facts: With assaults against […]

Posted in Israel | 4 Responses

Inconvenient Truth: Bush Greener than Gore

I think it’s an amusing double-standard. Gore gasses away about the environment while he and his friends use private jets to go from huge, air-conditioned home to home, and he is heaped with accolades and good press, while Bush says little about the environment but lives the green-creed in Midland and gets only negative press. […]

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Top 10 Signs I’m More Insecure than Robert

Actually there are 11… I’m too insecure to do just 10. by Jake Novak 11. Robert is secure enough to just make fun of liberals… I just make fun of everyone and hope nobody takes me seriously. 10. Robert is unafraid to publish all the key emotional details of his courtship with Karen… I’ll do […]

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University Lefties Censor Obsession, What a Shock!

Following on the heels of Newsweek’s outrageous smear piece on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the New York Times takes out a hit on the film Obsession: Film’s View of Islam Stirs Anger on Campuses. And they dig up a rabbi to do it: Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, director of U.C.L.A. Hillel, called the documentary propaganda and said […]

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The Guest Who Talks to Food

I’m attending a L’chaim for friends here in Los Angeles. For those of you who don’t speak Yeshivish, a L’chaim is a low-key Orthodox engagement party. Friends and family gather, food is served, and the chosson, the groom, usually delivers a d’var Torah, a short Biblical exegesis that often thematically ties in The Parsha, the […]

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1/2 Hour News Hour Against the Oscars

Even the RE-RUN of the 1/2 Hour News Hour up against the Oscars did relatively well in the overnight ratings. The only conservative leaning comedy show on television got a 0.7 rating and about 750,000 viewers. That number will probably rise when the full ratings come in later this week. That’s still 44% more viewers […]

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True Gore

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES). Truth is, these people don’t even believe their own doomsday predictions. It’s all just feel-good politics.

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With Anti –Tank Gunners Like These…

After the Oscars, I needed a laugh. Can someone tell me if the troops in the video are French, or French-Canadian? Apparently one can tell by their accents. Proudly, I do not speak French.

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Oscar Night Snooze

Hey, didn’t you just love the way Hollywood royalty went out of their way to thank our troops for all the sacrifices they’re making in Iraq and Afghanistan? (Irony meter is turned up to Stratospheric Level, in case you have not noticed.) Not one word about the war. Not one word acknowledging our troops deployed […]

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The Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Whoopee! The Best of the Jewish Blogosphere just hit my in-box. Haveil Havelim #108: The Get-Lost Edition has been compiled by the cleverly named Life of Rubin. It’s a fine round-up, and Seraphic Secret’s Divest from Terror has been included. Thanks so much, Mr. Life of R.

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Setting the Shabbos Table

“Dad, you know it’s a real mitzvah to set the Shabbos table.”“Really?” Ariel ZT’L nodded his head Ariel had a way of making little suggestions that spurred me to make small changes in my routine that inevitably made huge changes in my life. “By setting the Shabbos table you help usher in the holiness of […]

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In Search of Lost Democrats

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Inaugural Address Friday, Jan 20, 1961

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“West Bank” Oscars

By Debbie Schlussel Will the Academy Awards ever stop sympathizing with Islamic terrorists? Given recent history–and one of its chosen nominees for Sunday’s Oscars show–that’s doubtful. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated West Bank Story for Best Live Action Short Film. A take-off on the movie musical classic, “West Side […]

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1/2 Hour News Hour: 1.5 Million Viewers!

The news gets even better. The ratings are in for The 1/2 Hour News Hour on Fox. The heavily-promoted premiere delivered 499,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo and 1,478,000 total viewers. The show gained about 170,000 demo and around 300,000 total viewers from its lead-in. Half the viewers immediately tuned out, giving The Line Up […]

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US, Israel, Iran: Covert War & Elevated Risks

By — Fred Burton Stratfor Terrorism Intelligence Report Hyperlinks via Seraphic Secret. Amid a general atmosphere of saber rattling by the United States and Israel, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Feb. 8, 2007 that any aggression against his country would be met with reciprocal strikes by Iranian forces inside and outside the country. […]

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Say the Word

a·cap·no·ticn. a nonsmoker u·ca·le·gonn. a neighbor whose house is on fire floc·ci·fyv. to consider worthless e·pi·car·i·ca·cyn. taking pleasure in others’ misfortune ca·co·zel·i·an. the use of rare or foreign words to appear learned Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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The Big (ger) Liars

“Everybody in politics lies, but they [Bill and Hillary Clinton] do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” —David Geffen, to Maureen Dowd, NY Times, Feb 21, 2007 I read the entire column and just burst out laughing. Listen, if a Hollywood producer, excuse me, the Hollywood producer, is “troubled” by the Clinton’s, um, dishonesty, then […]

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The Ratings Are in for 1/2 Hour News Hour

10-10:30PM FOX 1/2 Hour News Hour: Rating: 0.9 Share: 1.5 HUT (Households Using Television) Level: 65.7% Estimated Viewers: 1,033,000 Ratings went up 11% from the previous half hour and fell 33% for the next show, which was “The Line Up.” — Just as a comparison, at that hour CNN did a 0.5 rating with just […]

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Jane, Churchill, The French Revolution, and Shidduchim

“What calm lives they had, those people! No worries about the French Revolution, or the Napoleonic Wars.” — Winston Churchill, on Jane Austen’s Novels Well, of course, Jane Austen had intimate knowledge of the French Revolution and the bloody Napoleonic wars. Two of her brothers served in the Royal Navy. Sir Francis William Austen (1774 […]

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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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