Here’s an articuate analysis and indictment of Barack Obama’s foreign policy by Bill Whittle, a film editor who’s one of the few Hollywood Conservatives—including yours truly—to come out of the closet.
H/T Bookworm Room
Robert J. Avrech: Emmy Award winning screenwriter. Religious Zionist. Republican. Movie fanatic. Gun owner. Helplessly and hopelessly in love with my wife since age nine.
It’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it.
Analyze style, fashion and pick out the looks most appropriate for readers who are religiously observant but deeply glamorous and cool.
Loyal, and maybe not-so-loyal Seraphic Secret readers are aware that we consider fashion, like movies, a moral landscape. What we wear in the public sphere defines who we are.
Surface hints at the content of the soul.
As orthodox Jews, we believe that clothing should be modest, ladylike, gorgeous, and totally stylish.
Thus, we are happy and relieved to report that the Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections are overwhelmingly wearable and devoted to the female who does not aspire to look like a stripper or porn star.
Numerous designers have dropped their hemlines below the knee celebrating a demure silhouette that brings to mind Hitchcock’s Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedren.
Vivid colors, precise bias-cuts, luscious drapes and powerful structures slinked down the catwalks in New York and London highlighting a euphoric celebration of the lady who does lunch, the lady who values hand-written thank you notes, and the lady who knows that concealment is the virtuous antidote to decadence.
Seraphic Secret has a special affection for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The former child stars have launched The Row, a beautifully designed line that should become a staple in many a fashionista’s closets. We admire the fetching yet demure lines, the bold colors, the exquisite fabrics and old world tailoring. We think the fur hat is perfect for shul or church—and a shot to the heart of PETA.
And take a look at the flats, they’re cashmere, and mixed with the chunky socks you’ve got the Lindy-hop meets Versailles.
All photos via Style.com
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and fashionable Shabbat.
Dior, the venerable Paris fashion house, has suspended designer John Galliano for assaulting a Jewish couple and making anti-Semitic remarks.
We are constantly being told that Arab Muslim governments use Jew-hatred as a means by which to redirect the anger of their people; a classic strategy of blaming the Jews for all the ills of the backward Arab Muslim world.
And it is undeniably true that Arab regimes, from Tunisia to Gaza to Jordan, foment Jew-hatred.
But perhaps the corrupt Muslim regimes are simply reflecting what their people already believe.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s the Arab people who are steeped in Jew-hatred and their governments are just along for the ride.
This kind of thinking is, of course, heretical. It posits the theory that the Arab people are, at the core, a genocidal yearning collective.
It’s much easier and, natch, politically correct, to blame evil regimes and view the Arab street as a bunch of attractive, freedom loving tweeters.
However, as various Arab Muslim countries rebel against their totalitarian regimes, Jew-hatred boils to the surface drowning out the adorable but hopelessly naive bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook hotties.
Let me tell you a little secret that one of my Los Angeles Persian friends recently confided:
“A tweet is a joke compared to a Basij thug armed with an axe or a Kalachnikov.”
Indeed, common sense informs us that pathological Jew-hatred arises from the Arab Muslim street; it’s the Koran-soaked people who are the problem, their tyrants merely symptoms.
As we have previously observed regarding the march of freedom in the Arab Muslim world, there is nothing as democratic as a lynch mob.
And events in Tunisia are horrifyingly instructive:
Protesters demanding the ouster of their new unity government in Tunisia are also now calling for ‘Death to the Jews.’
A local source who spoke exclusively with Israel National News on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution warned this week “the situation is not getting better for the Jews,”
Members of the Jewish community are meanwhile staying out of sight, the source said. “Jews are very afraid, and trying not to show themselves.”
Two days earlier, on Friday, a smaller group of dozens of Islamists held an anti-Jewish rally outside the country’s main synagogue shouting, “Jews wait, the army of Mohammed is coming back. “We’ll redo the battle of Khaibar!” – a reference to the slaughter of Jews in what is now Saudi Arabia at the hands the founder of Islam.
Full story here.
The commandment to perform ritual circumcision on the male Jewish child is given in Gen. 17:10-14 and Lev. 12:3.
The covenant was originally made by G-d with Abraham.
It is the first commandment specific to the Jewish people.
Circumcision has nothing to do with health or aesthetics. It is a Brit Milah, a holy covenant.
Circumcision is performed by a Mohel on the eighth day of the male child’s life, during the day. The day the child is born counts as the first day, thus if the child is born on a Monday, he is circumcised on the following Monday.
I know secular Jews who don’t even go to synagogue on Yom Kippur, Jews so assimilated they wince at the very thought of genuine Torah Judaism.
But even these aggressively assimilated Jews make sure to have their sons circumcised.
In the past, the banning of ritual circumcision has been carried out by Jew-hating regimes determined to wipe Judaism off the face of the earth: the ancient Greek Assyrians, against whom the Macabbees revolted, and more recently the Nazis. Hitler and Goebbels spoke out violently against the Brit Milah.
And now in San Francisco—where else?—there is a proposition to criminalize the Brit Milah being put forward by a man named Lloyd Schofield. The proposition just needs 7,000 signatures to get on the ballot in November.
This is SF, so there should be zero problem getting the necessary signatures. Post-modern Liberals/Progressives/Lefties can be counted on to mirror the policies of genocidal Jew-haters, all in the name of human rights.
Banning the Brit Milah is just a first step in the liberal war against Judaism. Next will be the banning of kosher meat. Again, the Nazis were deeply concerned about animal cruelty and banned kashrut.
They slaughtered Jews instead.
Much as these San Franciscans advocate the slaughter of infants in the womb a few days before they get all weepy about the imagined horrors of circumcision.
If this ban is passed a few things will happen:
1. Jews will exit SF.
2. The Jews who stay will have the Brit Milah performed outside the city limits.
3. Others will, in defiance of the oppressive law, perform the ceremony in secret.
5. But a government that criminalizes the Brit Milah, a foundational mitzvah, must be viewed as hostile to Judaism, hence, an illegitimate government—subject to rebellion.
For years, Seraphic Secret has warned that chronic threats to liberty in America come exclusively from the left, from those who advocate an increasingly big and intrusive government. In contrast to Conservatives who view government as a hydra-headed beast intent on limiting freedom and individual happiness.
Keep an eye on this proposed law, it is a very big deal.
The horrifying gang rape of Lara Logan, as we all know, is not an isolated incident of a western woman targeted by an Arab Muslim mob.
One of the best kept secrets of the leftist world is the rape and enslavement of western female activists by Palestinians. These women have been pressured to remain silent about their sexual abuse in order not to hand propaganda victories to the hated Jews/Zionists.
Trans European Muslim rape gangs aggressively target Western women, and certainly one of the countries most afflicted is France where there are, according to government statistics, 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” AKA “No-Go Zones” for Europeans.
And for those Europeans who cling to their homes and jobs in majority Muslim areas, well, rape, robbery and mob violence are a fact of daily life.
In a northern district of Paris, a brave shopkeeper named Marie-Neige Sardin guards her newsstand like a military fort. As a white woman, she is a minority in the mostly Arab-speaking Muslim area.
Even as Libyans fight to overthrow the dictator Moammar Gadhafi—he started out 40 years ago as a pro-Soviet revolutionary, morphed into a Stalinist style Islamist, now he’s just a standard Arab kleptocrat—keep in mind that Libya will almost certainly devolve into savage tribal warfare, stoked by Shia Iran.
But the true battle for freedom is taking place in the neighborhoods of Europe—and soon the United States.