Monthly Archives: May 2010

“Peace Activists” Yearn for Genocide

Flotilla “peace activist” diplays his peaceful intentions . Recently, I commented that the corruption of language and meaning by the international left and, let’s be honest, liberals—Daniel Greenfield points out that the left has devoured classic American liberalism, especially where Israel is concerned—have led me to conclude that when the words “peace activists” or “human […]

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War is No Joke, Memorial Day 2010

Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz professor ofYiddish literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. This article, War is No Joke, is adapted from her address on May 20 to 13 Jewish cadets graduating from West Point—whose inaugural class of 1802 had two students, one of them a Jew. I feel exceptionally privileged […]

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Friday Fotos

So, for the first time in I don’t know how long—trust me, it’s a lot of years—Karen and I are not paying tuition to a yeshiva grade school, high school, Israeli seminary, or college. Sigh of relief? Sure. But you know what, if you value Judaism and Torah you cannot afford not to send your […]

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Ava Gardner Reflects on Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner in The Killers, 1946. This might be my favorite quote from a Hollywood star: “Deep down, I’m pretty superficial.” Born to a poor cotton and tobacco farmer in North Carolina, Ava Gardner (1922-1990) was the youngest of seven children. She didn’t wear shoes until she was about 13 years-old. She regularly attended church. […]

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The Ordinary Life That is Not

This is not Offspring#3, but Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer, 1660, was one of the paintings that fascinated her when she was very young. Let’s see, just a few days ago—at least it seems like days—Offspring#3 was this feisty little bundle of energy who liked nothing more than for me to lift her up in my […]

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Egyptian TV: “We Must Get Our Children Accustomed to Hating the Jews.”

This slice of progressive education from Egyptian TV is notable for a few reasons. Egyptian TV is state run, hence all programming and opinions have the official Egyptian seal of approval. Egyptian cleric sheik Ahmad Al-Johainy soberly instructs his audience that if you want to learn how to properly and vigorously hate Jews, well, just […]

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Thwarting Peace Terrorists

Food markets in Gaza are well stocked. Growing up in Brooklyn, one of my best friends, and a classmate at Yeshiva Flatbush, was Abraham Cooper. Abe was an incredibly serious kid, always reading the hard news in the newspapers while the rest of us were buried in the comics—my favorite—or sports sections. Abe is now […]

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Friday Footwear

My phone chirps, alerting me to a new message. Up pops a photo of a very cute polka dot, peep toe shoe. A few seconds later, my phone rings: Karen: Did you get the picture? Me: Uh-huh. Karen: I’m in the store right now, what do you think? Me: Adorable. Karen: You don’t think they’re […]

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Shavuot 2010, The Path to Freedom

Last night, our friend Sol came to visit. He showed us a sefer Torah, a Torah scroll, he commissioned several years ago. Originally from Munkacs, Sol was transported to Auschwitz where over one hundred members of his family were gassed, shot, hung, and tortured to death. Starving and racked with disease, Sol fasted on Yom […]

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Jew Producer

Ah, the brave and irreverent Comedy Central. A few weeks ago the network censored an episode of South Park following death threats from Islamists offended—have you noticed that Muslims are always offended about something, anything—at the show’s portrayal of Mohammad. Well, Comedy Central has moved on. The all too credible threats of decapitation assure that […]

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Friday Fotos

If you own a home you know that life revolves around maintenance. Every single month something goes blooey, something that needs immediate attention or life will devolve to prehistoric conditions. Casa Avrech was built in 1929, just when Hollywood was making the transition from silent to sound movies and the year the American economy crashed. […]

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Seventh Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture

The Seventh Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Yahrtzeit Lecture will take place Sunday June 13, 2010, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch. Young Israel of Century City9317 West Pico BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90035 We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Dennis Prager, author, columnist and radio host—internationally […]

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Jerusalem, Eternal and United

If I Forget Thee O’ JerusalemPhoto © Robert J. Avrech Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, the celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, after Israel crushed the combined armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. A bit of Jerusalem history from CAMERA On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly […]

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Billy Wilder: The Ten Commandments of Screenwriting

Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was one of Hollywood’s greatest writer directors. From the naughty elegance of The Major and the Minor, 1942, in which the grown-up Ginger Rogers disguises herself as a teenager, to the lacerating portrait of Hollywood in Sunset Boulevard, 1950, Wilder’s work stands at the pinnacle of movie craftsmanship. In the invaluable Conversations […]

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North Korean Medicine: Bad News, Good News

North Korean propaganda poster. Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick is an astonishing and eye-opening book that takes us inside North Korea, a hermit kingdom. Demick follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, and chronicles the government induced famine that killed one-fifth of the North Korean population. North Korea is the most […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere #266

My mother, Mina Keiler Avrech, (July 16, 1923-July 11, 1989) z’l.This is her Tilden High School graduation photo. She had lustrousTitian red hair, a detail lost to black and white film. Ima on and off the Bima presents Haveil Havalim #266, Happy Mother’s Day Edition.

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Friday Fashion

Making movies in Hollywood for over twenty-five years has sensitized yours truly to the world of fashion. Watching an ordinary, if not drab young actress, after hours in make-up and wardrobe, emerge as an avatar of beauty and desirability, is nothing less than an education in the extremely serious business of glamour. Even more amazing […]

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Obamacare: The Coming Chaos and the Waxman Cover-Up

Seraphic Secret usually publishes just one post per day. But son-in-law #1 just brought this very important story to my attention. The facts are simple: Obamacare, as the Republicans have charged, is a national disaster in the making. And not content to destroy the world’s greatest health care system, the Democrats, led by Henry Waxman, […]

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Hollywood: Then and Now

Then: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (real name, Betty Joan Perske) with the B17 “Hells Angels” of the 303rd Bombardment Group during a war bond tour, 1944. Now: Jane Fonda posing at a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery used to shoot down American pilots, 1972. “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would […]

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Confessions of a MSNBC Newsbunny

Last time I looked at MSNBC, their ratings indicated that maybe ten people were tuning in on a nightly basis, all of them related to the frothing Keith Olberman and the attractive but extremely dopey Contessa Brewer. Here, in a radio interview, La Contessa, uber-liberal, uber PC, ignorant of history, past and present, confesses that […]

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