Monthly Archives: May 2012

Three Notable War Movies from Britain, Russia, & Finland

After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, a close friend who commanded a tank in the Sinai and killed at least 35 Egyptian tanks—“You forget to count after a while”—in a drunken moment said to yours truly: “You know what’s great about desert warfare? No civilians. No cities. No nothing. Just you and the enemy. If […]

Posted in Finland, Great Movies, Hollywood, Movies, War Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Responses

Obama’s Evolving Truth

President Obama’s fuzzy math—code for lying—that federal spending has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years, contains two deeply revealing truths: 1. Obama has such contempt for the press he assumes they will enable this lie. 2. The lie contains and highlights a deep contradiction: if federal spending is, as […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Obama Watch | 13 Responses

Of Flame and Flames

By now you’ve probably heard about Flame, a sophisticated cyber attack aimed at Iran and other Islamist nets. Israel is playing coy, hinting that this super bug, like Stuxnet, just might be an Israeli operation. Seraphic Secret has no doubt that Flame is an Israeli cyber weapon developed by Unit 8200 and we welcome every […]

Posted in Internet, Iran, Israel, Unit 8200, War, Weapons | Tagged , , | 5 Responses

Ninth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

You are all invited to The ninth annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch. Young Israel of Century City 9317 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035 RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) […]

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Movie Posters: Hollywood’s Golden Age

The major studios had a staff of artists who designed posters and lobby cards. These talented men and women toiled in relative obscurity, but the sophistication of their graphic designs are simply jaw dropping. Major films usually had several versions of posters that went out to theaters.

Posted in Hollywood, Movie Posters, Movies, Silent Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 19 Responses

The Religious Wisdom of Preston Sturges

The Great McGinty (1940) charts the rise and fall of a Depression era hobo to mayor of a city, then Governor, and finally exile in a banana republic. Though a satire, Preston Sturges, certainly the greatest writer-director in Hollywood history, was a keen observer of American political life. McGinty, played by Brian Donlevy, finds favor […]

Posted in Hollywood, Movies, Preston Sturges, Screenwriting, Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters | Tagged | 12 Responses

The Political Wisdom of Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges wrote and directed The Great McGinty, 1940, a political satire that, seen today, is astonishingly accurate in its depiction of big city politics and the corruption and self-interest of politicians who claim to serve the interests of “the little people.” Though the film is carefully non-partisan, depicting all politicians as crooked, one can’t […]

Posted in Hollywood, Movies, Obama Watch, Preston Sturges, The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood | Tagged , , | 15 Responses

Indivisible Jerusalem

Yesterday was Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation during the 1967 Six Day War. Among the chattering classes there is constant talk of—sigh, once again—dividing Jerusalem. This is not only dangerous but impractical. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98DMPOC-dUQ[/youtube] Daniel Greenfield writes: Jerusalem Day is a reminder of what the real problem is […]

Posted in Family, Israel, Jerusalem | Tagged , | 4 Responses

Who is Barack Hussein Obama?

Click photo to enlarge. To read Roger Kimball’s article that grapples with this question, click here.

Posted in 2012 Election, Obama Watch | 11 Responses

Friday Photos

Hypothetical question: Your house is on fire. Everyone is safe. You can run in and rescue one item. What will it be? The answer, overwhelmingly, is family photos. We are the sum of our memories. Photos help us capture time and space, preserve moments that otherwise would be lost. I seek the ordinary, the flat […]

Posted in Friday Fotos, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Movie Posters: Hollywood’s Golden Age

Have you looked at a movie poster recently and said to yourself: I really have to see that film. Doubtful. In the digital era movie posters are barely there, a minor and frequently mediocre—tedious star shots dominate—element in the white-noise media that is dominated by an ever-shifting social media. There was a time, however, when […]

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Medical Evidence: Trayvon Martin, Who Looks Like Obama’s Son, Beat Zimmerman Bloody Before Shooting

George Orwell observed that “we have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” Seraphic Secret will now restate the obvious: 1. George Zimmerman was lynched in advance by race hustlers Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama and the usual cast of vulgar, opportunistic, […]

Posted in Jews & Guns, Los Angeles Riots, Obama Watch, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Gay Marriage: Gateway for Polygamy

Regarding gay marriage, really a redefinition of marriage: the ideological lines in American religious communities are pretty much what you would expect. Orthodox Jews are overwhelmingly opposed, Conservative (not a political designation) and Reform Jews are mostly in favor. Seraphic Secret is not as familiar with the multiple and varied Christian communities but we assume […]

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U.S. Muslim Group With Close Ties To The White House To Host Tunisia’s Jew-Hating PM

The Islamic Society of North America  has deep ties to the Obama administration. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s most trusted confidant, was the keynote speaker at their 2009 convention. And Ingrid Mattson, the group’s former president, was invited by Obama to deliver a prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009. The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports: […]

Posted in Islamic Terror, Obama Watch, Tunisia | Tagged , , | 3 Responses

President Barack Obama’s Complete List of Historic Firsts

Ask the man in the street to list President Obama’s historic firsts and the answer will probably be limited to Obama as America’s first black president. But Doug Ross has compiled a list of even more impressive firsts for Obama, an historic catalog which could only be accomplished by a combination of ruthless cynicism, fanatic […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Obama Watch | Tagged , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: My Beautiful Neighborhood

Los Angeles is built for the automobile. But I make it my business to walk around, exploring unexpected corners of my neighborhood. Behind the wheel of a car the world whooshes past in a blur. But on foot I have the opportunity to focus on the deliciously ordinary. All photos were taken with my iPhone.

Posted in Friday Fotos, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs | Tagged , , , | 16 Responses

The Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters

From where do we draw wisdom? First and foremost, Seraphic Secret relies on Torah, on the lessons of 3,000 years of Jewish history and the common sense advice of my wife Karen. And then there are the movies, a moral landscape of immeasurable power where searing images and razor-sharp dialogue deliver lessons in human character […]

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In the Footsteps of King David

King David is the most fully documented character in the Torah. His narrative is epic, filled with the kind of detail—heroic and unsavory—that makes David such a compelling character. We identify with his yearning for a relationship with G-d, his courage in battle, we see aspects of ourselves in his tragic weakness as a man, […]

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Bob Strait Murdered by Man Who Looks Like Obama’s Son

On March 25, 2012 Seraphic Secret reported on the horrific rape and murder of Nancy Strait and the simultaneous assault on her husband Bob of Tulsa Oklahoma by Tyrone Woodfork. After lingering for weeks in the hospital, Bob Strait died on Friday. The national liberal media did not and has not bothered reporting this story. […]

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Obama’s Israel Bashing Bundler

Let’s review: Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, Rashid Khalidi, Derrick Bell, Merrill A. McPeak, Khalid al-Mansour, Al Sharpton. Obama gravitates towards Jew-haters and Israel bashers. And the radical leftist ideology he represents attracts Jew-haters and Israel bashers. Thus, it’s no surprise that one of his bundlers is another in a long line […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    NOTE: Click on video titles inside the thumbnail images, below, to open that video in YouTube

    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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