Monthly Archives: April 2011

Shoe-La-La!

Loyal readers will recall that Offspring #2, in honor of Passover, cleverly arranged a shipment of new shoes delivered c/o Zappos to the front door of Casa Avrech. Well, another surprise arrived c/o you know who. A surprise just for Ma’ayan Ariel. As you can see, Ma’ayan is a BIG fan of Friday Footwear. Tweet […]

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Tips for Packing and Shipping a Royal Wedding Gown

For Grace Kelly’s wedding gown Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and one hundred yards of silk net. The 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousands of tiny pearls were hand-sewn on the veil by a small army of MGM wardrobe assistants. The wedding dress has […]

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General John Buford: Reading the Battlefield

Union General John Buford, the strategic and tactical genius of Gettysburg. Tweet On June 30, 1863, Brig. General John Buford and his cavalry entered the small town of Gettysburg. Buford quickly realized that a large force of Confederates were maneuvering into a tactically superior position. Two great armies were about to clash. The lay of […]

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The Devil’s Arithmetic: A Passover Story

Tweet My film, The Devil’s Arithmetic, is the best, most fully realized work of my long Hollywood career. It took me seven years to get the picture made. Lessons learned: 1. Nothing is easy in Hollywood. 2. Persistence is as important as talent. I garnered an Emmy Award for my script, an adaptation of Jane […]

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Easter Parade

Audrey Hepburn looks chic and fashionable even in a hat that conjures alien tentacles. Tweet When I was a child growing up during the 50’s and 60’s, there really was an Easter parade up and down the streets of my beloved Brooklyn neighborhood. Off to church went our Christian neighbors, the working class men tugging […]

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Hollywood Says Yes to the Dress

Perhaps the most famous wedding gown in Hollywood history, the Helen Rose design is a fine synthesis of romance, innocence and glamour. Elizabeth Taylor was but 17-years old when she played the role of Kay in Father of the Bride, 1950. Soon after production wrapped she married Conrad Hilton, Jr., the first of her eight […]

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Passover, 2011: In Every Generation

A rare copy of a Passover Haggadah printed in Munkacs, with a forward by the Munkacs Rebbe, Rav Chaim Elazar Spira, 1930’s. Courtesy, The Itzkovic Family, Los Angeles. Tweet During the Passover seder we recite the following: For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us. Rather, in every generation, there are […]

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Fogel Family Massacre, Arab Muslims Arrested

Top row, left to right: Elad, 4 years-old, Hadas, 3 months-old, Yoav Fogel, 11 years-old. Bottom: Ruth, 35 and Ehud Fogel, 36. Tweet The graphic photos of the massacre, below, have been cleared by the surviving members of the Fogel family. They believe, quite correctly, that the barbarity of Israel’s enemies can only be comprehended […]

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Preparing for Passover 2011

Tweet And this day shall become a memorial for you, and you shall observe it as a festival for the L-RD, for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you observe it. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove the leaven from your homes … you […]

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Lust in Lappland: The Pathfinder

Mikkel Gaup as Aigin, The Pathfinder, 1987. Tweet A little girl searches for her lost dog. The landscape is sheeted with snow and ice. Bundled in thick furs, the child approaches a stand of birch trees. She lifts her eyes and spies a discordant note: in the whiteness of the snow, among the white trees, […]

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Unit 8200 is Listening

Tweet On June 6, 1967, the second day of the Six Day War, a secret unit in Israel, known only as 8200, intercepted and recorded a radiophone conversation between Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser and King Hussein of Jordan. Nasser: Does Britain have aircraft carriers? Note Nasser’s stunning ignorance of British military capabilities. Hussein: (Unintelligible) […]

Posted in Counterterrorism, Islamic Terror, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Unit 8200 | 18 Responses

Working With Sidney Lumet: Not a False Note

Director Sidney Lumet, 1924 – 2011 Tweet It was my great honor to have Sidney Lumet as the director of my screenplay, A Stranger Among Us, 1992, starring Melanie Griffith, Eric Thal, and Mia Sara. Working with Sidney was a master class in making movies. I learned more from Sidney than anyone else in my […]

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Friday Footwear: Cool Color

Hot Beat, by Gene Davis, 1964. Tweet Seraphic Secret has noted here and here that the latest trends in fashion are a return to longer hemlines, flattering architectural silhouettes, and strategic use of color blocking. We also observe, with delight, that some of the best designers have extended the use of bold, fresh colors to […]

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Lust in Lappland: Laila

Laila, Mona Mårtenson, with Mellet, her foster brother, Henry Gleditsch. Tweet Seraphic Secret has a weakness for films that take place in Lappland. The frozen tundra, the layers of thick fur—torture for a PETA fanatic—the ultra-cool head gear, and let’s not forget the herds of thundering reindeer; these images speak to me on a deeply […]

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Ann Barnhardt: Warrior

Ann Barnhardt challenges Islamists in color coordinated heels and rifle. Tweet Every once in a while Seraphic Secret comes across a story that is jaw dropping. Yesterday, Christoper D., a silent film scholar and one of our faithful readers, drew our attention to Ann Barnhardt. Barnhardt is a businesswoman, a devout Catholic, an American patriot, […]

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Islamophobia and Koran Burning Alert!

Higher education in Gaza. Tweet Muslim homicide bombings against innocent civilians were first unleashed en masse against the Jewish State. The world yawned because Jewish blood is cheaper than crude, and Palestinian “resistance”—code for terrorism—is, for leftist/liberal/progressives, an edgy fashion statement, the Prada of the political world. Of course, once homicide bombings against Jews gained […]

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Muslim Student Defends Israel at the Jew-hating U.N.

Translation: Don’t Tread on Me Tweet Here at Seraphic Secret we’re always hearing about the vast ocean of moderate Muslims who oppose the, er, minority of radical Islamists. For the most part, we dismiss this view because as history tell us—over and over again—a silent and ethically pliable majority easily slip into the role of […]

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Hollywood Pitchmen: Buy Me, Be Me

Tweet Ever since there were Hollywood stars there have been star product endorsements. Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and another product, cigarettes, perfume, make-up, whatever, […]

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    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

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    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

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    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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