Monthly Archives: April 2009

Understanding the Federal Budget

We at Seraphic Secret are absolutely, um, enchanted, with this visual display of Obamanomics at work. You know the Washington press corps is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama administration when Miss California gets harder questions. No, at yesterday’s well orchestrated performance, reporters—and by reporters I mean Obama campaign workers—did not ask Obama about […]

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Israel: Sixty-One Years Old Plus a Geography Lesson

“If I Forget Thee O’ Jerusalem.”Photo © Robert J. Avrech, all rights reserved. A few days ago, Seraphic Secret reader, Curious Joe, wrote the following: How do you answer the question, “Can you give me a non-religious reason for the geographical location of Israel? I really want to answer this question when people ask me […]

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Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner Shoot Out the Night

Ava Gardner, publicity still for The Killers, 1946. The love affair—and I’m using that term loosely—between Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra was doomed from the start. Both stars were emotionally immature with little impulse control. Both were alcoholics, and both had a history of affairs with equally unstable partners. And so The Voice and The […]

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Chavez Targets Jews of Venezuela

When the President of the United States warmly greets and embraces a Jew-hating tyrant, there are consequences. The tyrant’s cruel reign is legitimized. The tyrant’s Jew-hatred is legitimized. Those who oppose the tyrant are dealt a terrible blow. And of course, the lives of victims of totalitarian regimes—the unjustly imprisoned, the tortured, the murdered and […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #214

Clara Bow says: “I love a man in a yarmulke! Haveil Havalim #214, The Radiant Ziv Edition is up, hosted this week by The Rebbetzin’s Husband—sounds like the title for a whacky TV sit-com starring Fran Drescher.

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Friday Footwear: It’s Raining Louboutin Edition

“Why didn’t you tell me your father’s doing woman’s footwear on his blog?” Offspring #2 shrugs and sighs. For this daughter Friday Footwear falls under the category of been there, done that. Adena, BFF with Offspring #2 since yeshiva elementary school, is radiant with joy when I invite her to pose for Friday Footwear. “I […]

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Obama: King of the Hill

The only thing missing are the mirrored sunglasses, ubiquitous on the colonels from various third world tyrannies. Let’s review: 1. For no discernible reason, other than to tout his moral superiority—this from a man who kicked off his political career in the living room of American terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dorn—President Obama declassified a […]

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Three Hundred Jews in Yemen are Three Hundred Too Many

Yemenite Jewish children studying Torah, 1925. The Arab world is almost Judenrein. But almost is not good enough. There are no Jews in Afghanistan—save for some American Jewish soldiers. Algeria expelled every Algerian-Jewish citizen, about 140,000, after France capitulated to the Islamic terrorists. By 1962, the ancient and proud Algerian community was no more. In […]

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Lillian Gish: Dying for Her Audience

Lillian Gish The great twin tragedies of the fate of silent films in the modern era is indifference and ignorance. And for those who have seen clips from silent films, they invariably view muddy, degraded prints projected at the wrong speed, hence the jerky motions that give the impression that all silent films are bad […]

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Tweet$ From You Know Who

And hey, President Barack Hussein Obama has no problem getting all buddy, buddy with Hugo Chavez, a brutal Jew-hating tyrant, but says no to meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu.

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“The Jews Are Our Enemies Because They Are Infidels, Not Because They Occupied Palestine”

Seraphic Secret has long maintained that the Arab-Muslim war against Israel has nothing to do with land, boundaries, so-called refugees, so-called occupation, or national aspirations. Let’s face it, the so-called Palestinian people had a state in 1948 via the U.N. partition plan, but they and five Arab armies chose to invade Israel in an attempted […]

Posted in Jihad Watch | 17 Responses

Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Joan Crawford says: “I’ll let you eat cake—after you read Haveil Havalim.” Up and live, The Real Shliach presents: Haveil Havalim #213, It’s Been a Long Time.

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Friday Footwear: Ma’ayan Ariel Steps Out

Ma’ayan Ariel pulls herself to an upright position. Like a rock climber, she seeks secure hand holds and then inches along walls, bookshelves, tables. At first, her legs wobbled like a new born colt, but in the few days she’s been in L.A., her muscles have gained strength and she’s increasingly confident of her abilities. […]

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Colleen Bobs Her Hair

Colleen Moore Colleen Moore’s first husband, studio executive John McCormick, was, in many ways, responsible for steering the meteoric rise of her flapper film career. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic and frequently abusive. Director Mervyn LeRoy in his fascinating autobiography Take One, describes a terrifying night when McCormick, on a bender, tried to hurl […]

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Hollywood Reflections

Hollywood still photographers had a battery of standard poses for their iconic star photography. One of the most durable was the mirror portrait. Almost every female star was, at one time or another, captured studying her reflection in a mirror. Most of the time the shots were carefully lit and composed. At other times, the […]

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Somali Pirates: One Lesson

Ava Gardner says, “Well done, boys!” Okay, kids, time for a pop quiz: What lesson do we learn from today’s magnificent rescue operation of Capt. Phillips by our Navy? 1. Negotiate with terrorists. 2. Let the U.N. handle the situation. 3. Count on the, ahem, international community for support. 4. Pay ransom to the terrorists. […]

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The Moonflower Vine

One of my favorite novels, The Moonflower Vine, has been reissued, after 46-years, with a new forward by novelist Jane Smiley. Here’s what I wrote about this towering novel back in 0ct ’06: This obscure book, the one and only novel ever written by the mysterious Jetta Carleton, appears to be autobiographical. But make no […]

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Passover: 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama signals his submission to a modernday Pharaoh. Casa Avrech is radiant with the presence of our girlses, wonderful son-in-law—future wonderful son-in-law due to arrive later—and granddaughter Ma’ayan Ariel. We are together to celebrate the holiday of Passover. At our sedarim, Passover meals, we will recite the Haggadah which recounts the story […]

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“I’m Against Guns and Violence, Unfortunately Reality Has Intruded on My Delusional Paradise.”

“Thing is, he’s going to kill me.” “Have you gone to the police?” “Yes, of course I have.” “And what happened?” She shakes her head from side to side, wraps her arms protectively around her chest. “I got a restraining order against Ned, that’s my ex-boyfriend. But you know what good that is, don’t you?” […]

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Hamas: Hey Kids, Let’s Put on a Blood Libel Then Accuse Everyone Else of Islamaphobia!

Yup, the, er, talented Hamas Players are front and center with their popular pre-Passover blood libel. “Jews drink the blood of Muslims and believe that God wants Jews to hate Muslims, according to a Hamas TV skit. Performed before a live audience at the Islamic University in Gaza, the segment features actors playing a father […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
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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.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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