Monthly Archives: March 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, No Words of Comfort

Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic Helen Rose designed dress for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958, directed by Richard Brooks, real name Ruben Sax. Tweet Here’s a moving and revealing Elizabeth Taylor anecdote by the great costume designer Helen Rose, drawn from her memoir, Just Make Them Beautiful, L.B. Mayer’s instructions to Rose when […]

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BIG Day Today

Today, Wednesday, March 30, is BIG Buy Israeli Goods Day, a day set aside to counter the vicious Boycott Divestment Sanctions—modeled on the Nazi boycotts of Jewish businesses—aktion of the same day. Here is the webpage designed to help you find Israeli products in your area. If you can’t buy in person, buy Israeli products […]

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Buy Israeli Goods Day

Here at Seraphic Secret we receive quite a few emails that go something like this: I am a Christian/Mormon/Catholic, a proud supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. I feel so helpless in the face of world-wide demonization of Israel. How can I help? Here’s my reply: Thanks so much for your kind note. We […]

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Everyone Learns Talmud… in South Korea

No photos of Korean children learning Talmud. Thus, for no rational reason other than the exotic vibe—love the colorful coats—I’m posting this picture of Jewish children in Samarkin studying Torah, 1910. Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gemara (Talmud) in school. “We tried to understand why the Jews are […]

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Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Movie Star, 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor Tweet Such drama. It was a life lived in the public eye; she barely had a childhood. Decade after decade her every movement was photographed and scrutinized with the fanatic effort used to decipher the Rosetta Stone. There were dagger columns by Hedda Hopper and Louellea Parsons. When Life magazine featured her on […]

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Terror in Jerusalem

Israeli medics work to save a victim of Arab Muslim terror. Just last night, I remarked to Karen that the Arab Muslim war against Israel/Jews has been pushed off the front pages by the current unrest in the Arab world, especially the coverage of Libya. “It’s a great relief,” I said. “Sort of shows that […]

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Open Letter to the Leader of the Free World

Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France. Dear President Sarkozy: Thanks so much for stepping into the power vacuum created by President Obama in regard to the current unrest in Libya. Look, I’ll be honest, I’ve made a lot of snarky cracks about France, and dreck French movies over the past few years, but I sense that […]

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Safta’s Diaries: Book Review

Safta’s Diaries: Bina Appleman, Intimate Diaries of a Religious Zionist WomanPublisher: Ktav Format: HardcoverDimensions: 6.5″x9.5″Pages: 558ISBN: 978-1-60280-168-4 Karen writes: In the interests of full disclosure, I delved into Shera Aranoff Tuchman’s ambitious, meticulous transcription of her grandmother’s fifty-year diary entries with personal knowledge of the matriarch. As a good friend and classmate at Yeshiva of […]

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Happy Purim, 2011

Maayan Ariel says: “Happy Purim to all our friends and relatives.” And here’s a Purim song from The Maccabeats:

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Friday Flickers: Vertigo

No one, but no one could choreograph a kiss like Alfred Hitchcock. Consider the long, roving kiss between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946), the humorous but sensual lip-lock between Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest (1959), and Grace Kelly’s looming, close-up kiss that metaphorically brings Jimmy Stewart to […]

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IDF and “Settlers” Rescue Arab Mother and Baby

IDF Corporal Levin and Palestinian baby, Jude. This is a story that you will not read in the New York Times. And you had better believe that NPR—ground zero for Israel-hatred in the media—will stick fingers in their ears and shout, “Nyah, nyah, nyah.” And the reason the liberal media will make believe this never […]

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Our Murdered Jewish Children

Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a Nazi ally, was an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler’s Final Solution. “We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we will take from them. We are going to win, because they love life and […]

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The Moral Depravity of the Liberal Media

On Sunday, approximately 20,000 mourners attended the funerals at Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem for five members of the Fogel family murdered on Friday night by Arab Muslim terrorists. Responsibility for the slaughter was claimed not by Hamas or Hizbullah, but by the Al Aqsa Murder Brigade, an arm of the Palestinian Authority. In short, […]

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The Muslim Joy in Slaughtering Jews

Members of the Fogel family butchered by Arab Muslim terrorists. On Shabbat, Friday night, Arab Muslim terrorists crept into the town of Itamar and broke into the home of the Fogel family. The Arab Muslims slit the throats of father, Udi, 36 and newborn baby girl Hadas, 3 months old. The mother, Ruth, 35 came […]

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Ball of Fire

My apologies. Posting has been spotty for the past week because I’ve been away. World events speed by in a chaotic blur. The only constant in my ill-disciplined imagination is the glory of Hollywood’s golden age. It’s not just glamour that allows us to escape the rising tide of global evil, but far more important […]

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An Affair to Remember: Cary Grant and Mel Brooks

Cary Grant was married five times. He had numerous affairs with some of the most glamorous and beautiful women in Hollywood. But by his own admission, Grant had intimacy issues. Here’s the story of a Cary Grant, er, love affair, of which you’ve probably never heard. In a very real sense, Mel Brooks identified the […]

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Burning Brigitte Bardot

In the pantheon of international movie stars, perhaps no actor was less prepared for the rigors of fame than Brigitte Bardot. Originally pursuing a career as a ballerina—look at her movies, BB’s posture is a Joffrey plum line—Bardot was discovered by director Roger Vadim when she was a restless, 15 year-old school girl. Looking at […]

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Ready-to-Wear Fall 2011

As Seraphic Secret noted in our first view of Fall’s RTW designs, there is a move away from harlot couture and a return to modest, lady-like styles. Hemlines have plunged to 1930’s Adrian lengths, and arms are frequently dressed in femme fatale leather gloves. This season’s best silhouettes bring to mind the tailored architectural elegance […]

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Obama Promises Inquiry on Airmen Attack—Huge Sigh of Relief

President Obama says the government will “spare no effort” to determine why two American airmen were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting in Frankfurt, Germany. Full story here. Now come on, admit it, the first thought that popped into your head when you heard about an attack on American servicemen in Germany […]

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Vogue Magazine Features Springtime for Hitler… Seriously

Dictator chic, Bashar al-Assad is just a regular guy—when he’s not slaughtering his political opponents.Photo by James Nachtwey It would be a grave mistake to ignore fashion, relegating the business of glamour to a frivolous pursuit of the rich and idle. Fashion matters for it is one of the most visible barometers of society’s values. […]

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