Monthly Archives: December 2007

Top Ten Movies of 2007

This is the time of year when people roll out their Ten Best Movie Lists. I have to tell you, the best movies I saw in 2007 were made in the 1930’s. But just for the record, my very favorite movie of 2007 was 3:10 to Yuma. It’s a classic western, beautifully constructed with three […]

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Sugar From the EU

Proving once again that the so-called Palestinians are far more interested in killing Jews than in building a state, the IDF discovered 6.5 tons of potassium nitrate at one of those humiliating check-points, in sacks that were disguised as sugar. The sacks were labeled humanitarian aid from the EU. Potassium nitrate is the chemical that […]

Posted in Jihad Watch | 6 Responses

Baby Jake Arrives!

Mazal Tov to Seraphic Friends Jake and Adar Novak, proud parents to Yael Amira, which means to rise with strength. This beautiful name lovingly compliments her sister, Jordan Ahava, which means flowing with love. Baby Yael Amira weighs 7 lbs. and is 20 inches. Mother and child are doing just fine. Dad is floating in […]

Posted in Friends | 9 Responses

Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #147

Haveil Havalim #147 is up. If you want to get a sense of what the Jewish blogosphere is thinking and feeling about Israel, politics, culture, history, Torah, anti-Semitism, Judaism, and some adorable personal shmoozings, well, this is the place to go. Seraphic Secret has two posts this week: First, our appreciation for the great choreographer […]

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Hey Kids, Let’s Put on a Jihad Show

We liberated Gaza by force, not by Oslo or by Taba – but with my steadfast people, and with its blazing fire. We liberated Gaza by force, not by Oslo or by Taba – but with my steadfast people, and with its blazing fire. Rafah sings, and the Kalashnikov replies. Rafah sings, and the Kalashnikov […]

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Terror at Telem Springs

The IDF have seriously compromised Islamic Jihad’s terrorist structure. This is evident from the near perfect targeted killings the IAF have pulled off in coordination with Shin Bet, Israeli intelligence. We suspect a mole deep inside Islamic Jihad-Hamas has been feeding Israel intelligence for quite some time, which has allowed them to eliminate a super […]

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World War IV

Victor Davis Hanson reviews World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz (Doubleday 2007, 240 pp.) World War IV is an indispensable book for these times. The war in Iraq has occasioned some of the most shameful partisan behavior since Vietnam, as well as generating in the mainstream media a narrative filled […]

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Silent Nightmare of Iranian Jews

Another patch of Muslim soil has become uninhabitable for Jews. In Iran, Jews are tolerated as dhimmis, but conditions are deteriorating at a pretty steady rate. State sanctioned anti-Jewish policies make an authentic Torah life almost impossible. A trickle of Persian Jews are making their way to Israel. It’s vital that we get every Jew […]

Posted in Israel | 12 Responses

Girls’ Night out

Here’s a business model I did not see coming. Listen, the motion picture business is in such turmoil, this revolutionary idea might actually work. I hope it does. Imagine a Hollywood premiere with all the glitz: red carpet, beautiful cast, photographers’ flashing lights, exhilarating buzz. Now, picture that same event with just one difference — […]

Posted in Hollywood | 17 Responses

Michael Kidd: Baruch Dayan Ha-Emet

Michael Kidd Michael Kidd, 92, one of Hollywood’s great choreographers died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Kidd was born, naturally, in Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrant parents. Rule of thumb: everybody in Hollywood is Jewish until proven otherwise. Kidd’s father, Abraham Greenwald, was a barber, and his wife Lillian a wife […]

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Merry Christmas, 2007

Karen and I wish all our Christian friends a very Merry Christmas. We thank you for your friendship and for your support. And here’s a wonderful blog post about why Jews should all be saying Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays. I have come to see quite clearly that even if there are politically correct, […]

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Louis B. Mayer Goes to Shul & Haveil Havalim #146

There was no one like him. And in Hollywood, there will never, ever be any one man who consolidated so much power in such a short amount of time, and changed the face of a single industry—and thus the world. For sheer ambition coupled with incredible foresight, Louis B. Mayer was the most powerful movie […]

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Karen’s Free Lunch at Yeshiva of Flatbush

“I dunno, even when I was younger, in college, and I’d go out with my friends to regular restaurants, I had no interest, no desire to taste non-kosher food.” Karen says: “What about pizza? Pizza never tempted you?” “Pizza, lemme tell you about pizza. You know what pizza tempted me, you know what pizza absolutely […]

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The Trojan Horse Called Hudna

Hamas is offering Israel a Hudna. This is no surprise. Their upper ranks have been decimated in the past few days through targeted killings. The terrorists are in disarray, on the run, mounting poorly coordinated operations and dying in great numbers. A Hudna, let’s be clear, is an opportunity for the terrorists to rebuild their […]

Posted in Jihad Watch | 9 Responses

Israel’s Intelligence Estimate, Seraphic’s Estimate, Plus Fashion Advice for Tzipi Livni

By now we’ve all heard about the NIE, which has been wrongly misinterpreted to indicate that America should not be worried about the Persian Nuclear program, when in fact, the NIE states the exact opposite. Now comes, the Israeli Intelligence Estimate. It’s good news slash bad news time. Let me just state for the record […]

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Utmost Savagery, But Who Cares, They Don’t Kill Jews

Some sobering numbers: Over a million starving refugees. Real refugees, not welfare witches. Four million people dead from disease, starvation, and savage warfare since 1996. U.N. Peacekeepers who cannot keep the peace. This is the Congo, a mineral rich country which is once again devolving into primal savagery. But hey, let’s keep talking about the […]

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Ninotchka and I

“Can you tell me the origin of your name?” I’m in a box and shipping store, sending a Chanukah gift to Offspring #2 and her husband, a large framed photo that needs to be carefully wrapped and boxed. So: I’ve just filled out the paperwork and the lady behind me—Russian by her accent—has glanced at […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #145 Plus Linda Darnell

Haveil Havalim #145 is up. We’d like to thank Soccer Dad for including Seraphic Secret’s The Murder of Lebanon in this week’s fine roundup. ******* My Darling Clementine is one of John Ford’s best Westerns. Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp is mythic. But Linda Darnell as the, ahem, dance hall girl, Chihuahua, is just fire, […]

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Syriantoxication

Yesterday, we wrote about the assassination of Lebanese General Francois al-Hajj, which we dubbed, the Murder of Lebanon. Barry Rubin, an eminent analyst of the Syrian dictatorship, weighs in on the delusions of the west when it comes to diplomacy and the murderers in Damascus. A strange malady has apparently descended on part of Israel’s, […]

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Rational National Suicide

As mortars and rockets rain down on southern Israel every day, two distinct world views have come into sharp focus. IDF Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazy states, that to put an end to this intolerable situation Israel must control the territory from where the terrorists operate. As an example, he points to the presence […]

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    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.”

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