Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Jewish Prisoner: Past, Present and Future

Headstones of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and Alexander benShlomo Wimpfen in the Jewish cemetery in Worms, Germany. Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg (1215 – 2 May 1293) was one of the greatest Jewish scholars of the Medieval age. In Paris, Rabbi Meir witnessed the public burning of twenty-four cart loads of the Talmud by Louis IX […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Rabbi Abraham Avrech strongly urges you to read Haveil Havalim. Torat Yisrael hosts this week’s Haveil Havalim #245. As always, there is much to read, much to ponder.

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Friday Flickers: Raise the Red Lantern

Until meeting Gong Li in China, I never posed for a photo with any of the stars with whom I worked. She is, quite simply, the greatest movie actress of our time. Raise the Red Lantern (1991), places all of Gong Li’s considerable talents on display in this powerful tale set in 1920’s China. Gong […]

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Thanksgiving: Hope Fulfilled

As far as I know there are only two countries in the world that were founded on the idea of hope. America and Israel. And what was the hope? The hope of achieving religious freedom, and freedom from government tyranny. The Children of Israel, fleeing Egyptian slavery and religious persecution, settled the land of Israel […]

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Navy Heroes Face Court Martial

March 31, 2004: Barbarians chant “Allahu Akhbar” God is great, as thecharred and mutilated bodies of American contractors hang from a bridgeover the Euphrates River in Fallujah, Iraq. In 2004 Four American civilian contractors who provided security for food convoys were ambushed, tortured, and burned alive. Their bodies were hoisted on a bridge while the […]

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9/11 Trial: Coming Attractions

Rise at 3AM with a thunderous migraine. Head downstairs and guzzle a few cups of very strong coffee. Ease into my favorite chair, wrap myself in a heavy quilted blanket—I’m shivering with pain—and try: Not. To. Think. But reality is, um reality and a news segment on Fox haunts me because one of the lawyers […]

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Good to Know, “A Stranger Among Us” is Essential

Eric Thal and Melanie Griffith in the “essential” A Stranger Among Us. Over at Bang it Out, a Jewish website, film critic Jordan Hiller has, for the past few weeks, been compiling a list of The 25 Essential Jewish Movies. His selections are limited to films that are easily available for rental or purchase. Thus, […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #244

Esther Ralston commands you to read Haveil Havalim. Up and live Haveil Havalim#244, edited this week by A Mother in Israel. Lots and lots of good stuff to read.

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My Beautiful Neighborhood

Yup, that’s me, age 7, with my very first Kodak Brownie, just outside Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Always rumpled, shirts untucked, my chronic shlumpiness drove the parents crazy. The bow tie they insisted I wear drove me crazy. Photo, 1957. Okay, kids, it’s time for a quick tour of Los Angeles through the lens of my […]

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Hollywood’s Great Latin Lover vs. Hollywood’s Great Jewish Mother

Rudolph Valentino, Hollywood’s legendary lover. The great pioneering director D.W. Griffith hired Rabbi Isadore Myers as the Jewish technical consultant on his great epic, Intolerance, 1916. Griffith was so happy with Rabbi Myer’s expert advice and attention to detail that he said to the good Rabbi: “How can I ever repay you?” Replied Rabbi Myers: […]

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The Inspiring Sarah Palin and, Um, Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag, whose dinner prayer was deeply inspiring. For the past week I’ve been doing research for a new script that was recently proposed to me by a producer. I have to decide if I’m going to accept the assignment or not. In one sense it’s a dream project, but like all scripts it presents […]

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Reloading Sarah Palin

So Karen and I sat down and watched Sarah Palin on Oprah yesterday. The first thing that struck me about Sarah is how authentic and normal she is. She’s sort of like Donna Reed, a pretty mom, but definitely not glamorous or overtly sexy. Karen and I looked at each other, baffled, what’s to hate? […]

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KSM Trial Intel Gift to al Qaeda

The decision to afford KSM and his Islamist gang all the civil rights of American citizens and alien residents is a nakedly political maneuver designed to accomplish three goals that are at the ideological heart of the Obama administration: 1. Declare that there is no war against transnational terrorism, thus treating terror attacks as a […]

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Lost Joan Crawford Not So Lost

Robert Montgomery and Joan Crawford in the long unseen MGM film “Letty Lynton,” 1932. The white cotton organdy gown with deliriously ruffled shoulders by Adrian, real name Adrian Adolph Greenberg, is one of his most famous and influential designs. A copy of the dress was mass produced to help promote the film and over half-a-million […]

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Patsy Ruth Miller and F. Scott Fitzgerald: Politically Incorrect in Hollywood

Actress and author Patsy Ruth Miller. In 1924 while shooting a film in New York, actress Patsy Ruth Miller (1904-1995) developed a close friendship with author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Frequently, Fitzgerald and Patsy Ruth would go out for dinner while Zelda remained home pleading fatigue. Patsy Ruth eventually realized that Zelda’s […]

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Veterans Day ’09

Rabbi Abraham Avrech, my father and my favorite veteran. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often speaks of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic […]

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How to Kill a Terrorist

Meet Larry, my buddy from Bensonhurst. Okay, so it’s not Larry.For reasons of security his identity cannot be compromised. But takemy word for it, Larry looks exactly like William Powell in The Thin Man.Or not. My wife Karen and I are visiting Karen’s brother David, his wife Elana, and their four children, residents of Efrat. […]

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Political Correctness Kills

There were plenty of explicit warnings that Hasan was an Islamist terrorist living comfortably in the bosom of the American military. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America’s Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Ann-Margret and Elvis dance to the Jewish Blogosphere. Better late than never, Haveil Havalim #242, presented this week by our fearless leader, Jack.

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Swing Time

Astaire and Rogers, poetry in motion. Swing Time, 1936 might be the best of the nine RKO Astaire-Rogers musicals. The plot is paper thin—Astaire plays a gambler and dancer who must earn $25,000 in order to win a bride—but the dance numbers, choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan, are luminous. “Waltz in Swing Time” is […]

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