Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday Photos: Maayan Ariel

It’s been quite a week. The RNC took center stage with a powerful message calling for a return to constitutional values, support for Israel, and a resounding rejection of the collectivist, big government tyranny being imposed by the current, extremist regime. Hurricane Isaac brought disaster to some communities in the Big Easy, while Obama fiddled […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Labor Day, Maayan Ariel | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Responses

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik’s RNC Invocation, Plus Happy Birthday, Karen

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jm9TTl-uyw[/youtube]   Seraphic Secret is afraid that the opening invocation for the Republican National Convention has not been widely circulated or understood. But this was an important and historic moment for American Judaism and for the Republican party. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is from one of the most respected and loved rabbinic dynasties. Soloveichik’s great-uncle, […]

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The War Against Women and Children

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ8Utno-f4g[/youtube]   Republican congressional candidate Mia Love addressed the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night. The GOP contender, a devout Mormon, running for Utah’s 4th district House seat told her audience, “The America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with possibilities of living the American dream.” Watching the GOP Convention […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Obama Watch | Tagged , , | 9 Responses

Syrian Civil War Caused by Zionism And Napoleon

What’s a day, or an hour, in the Muslim world without a Jew-hating conspiracy theory to stoke the masses? The latest lunacy: Syrians slaughter Syrians, says Adnan Azzam, a French-Syrian writer, not because they are a bunch of fratricidal clans and tribes with competing visions of Islam, but because Jews and, er, Napoleon are in […]

Posted in Jew-haters, Syria, Zionism | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Responses

Seraphic Secret Appears on Varney & Co

A few minutes after I returned from my morning walk, Jake Novak, Executive Producer of Fox’s ratings powerhouse, Varney & Company, called from New York. “Robert, listen — sorry to call so early, but Stuart read your blog post about 2016: Obama’s America, and he’d like to interview you about your experience.” “When?” “Ten  minutes.”

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How Not To Be a Racist in Obama’s America

If you voted for Obama, you’re not a racist. If you did not vote for Obama, you are a racist. But if you are a non-racist who voted for Obama but now plan on voting for Romney, well, obviously you’re a racist. This very funny instructional video, produced by Black and Right, explains how race […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Obama Watch, Race Relations | Tagged , | 4 Responses

Friday Photos: Blue

Wandering around my beautiful neighborhood recently, I’ve noticed lots of blue. Always on the lookout for compelling Friday Photos, I decided that blue would be a fun theme. And then, once I made that decision, all I saw was blue: blue cars, blue buildings — you name it, it’s blue. I suppose the same thing […]

Posted in Friday Fotos, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

2016: Obama’s America, Plus a Mild Digression About Bette Davis

Into the San Fernando Valley we rode, 10.2 miles from Casa Avrech, to see Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2016: Obama’s America. Karen ordered our tickets in advance through Fandango. There are no theater listings for 2016 in the LA Times. They claim there was a computer glitch, but I think we all know what’s really going […]

Posted in 2012 Election, 2016: Obama's America, Movies, Obama Watch, Remembering Ariel | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Responses

Egypt: Another Failed Islamic State

Remember when Western reporters gushed about the Facebook/Twitter revolution taking place in Egypt’s Tahrir square? These credulous journalists were anxious to convince us, and themselves, that with Mubarak’s ouster — c/o Obama’s betrayal — a new, democratic Egypt was just over the horizon, whose leaders were young, hip and empowered by the new media. The […]

Posted in Egypt, Islamic Terror, Israel, Muslim Brotherhood | Tagged , , | 4 Responses

Obama Lies, Press Yawns

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoPMi8nNyWI[/youtube]   President Barack Hussein Obama finally took a few questions from his campaign staff, whoops, I mean the White House press corps yesterday. He was asked about the sleazy campaign he’s running. Obama responded: “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. We point out sharp differences between the candidates, but we don’t go […]

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The Illegal Immigrant — I Mean Dreamer — Problem

Every week on Monday morning the Watcher’s Council and their invited special guests weigh in with short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question: Do you consider illegal migration to America a problem, and if so, what would you do about the estimated 11 million illegal aliens already here? Seraphic Secret […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Illegal Immigration, Obama Watch | Tagged , , , | 6 Responses

Saudi Cleric Slaman Al-Odeh: Jews Use Human Blood for Passover Matzos

Just another day in the Muslim world where Holocaust denial and the blood libel are taken for granted. But of course these people are merely anti-Zionist, not a bunch of ignorant, genocidal-yearning, frothing-at-the-mouth Jew-haters. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MEquLcPomM&playnext=1&list=PL7D466CC8E14C30E1&feature=results_main[/youtube]

Posted in Blood Libel, Holocaust, Holocaust Denial, Jew-haters, Passover, Saudi Arabia | Tagged | 5 Responses

Friday Photos: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Summer vacation. Seraphic Secret spent time in Yosemite and not long afterwards, Offspring #2 and family arrived in Los Angeles for a two-week vacation. Activities included a wedding at the Terranea Resort, day trips to museums, playgrounds, and swimming in Casa Avrech’s cement pond. Vacation time is almost over, but our memories will last a […]

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Mae Clarke, Jimmy Cagney: The Tricks of the Trade

In Lady Killer (1933) Dan Quigley (Jimmy Cagney) a movie theater usher, gets fired and drifts into a life of petty crime with a gang of con men and their slinky, hardboiled gun moll, Myra, played by the incomparable Mae Clarke. On the lam from the police and the gang who betrays him, Dan flees […]

Posted in Hollywood, Jimmy Cagney, Mae Clarke, Movies | Tagged , , , , | 19 Responses

Dishonorable Disclosures

President Barack Hussein Obama, for political glory and personal self-aggrandizement, has compromised operational security. Take 22 minutes out of your busy schedule and watch as brave Americans explain the danger Obama and his flapping seals in the media pose to our republic. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Xfti7qtT0[/youtube]

Posted in America, Media, Military, Obama Watch, Osama bin Laden | Tagged , , | 5 Responses

Can Israel Survive Four More Years of Obama?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO8qZP_iU9I[/youtube] H/T Israel Matzav Here’s another question: Can America survive another four years of Barack Obama and the top-down, central planning statists of the Democrat party? What’s good for America is good for Israel. And what brings ruin to America also brings ruin to Israel. This social, geo-political equation has its roots in our shared […]

Posted in 2012 Election, America, Islamic Terror, Israel | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Responses

Democrats React (Badly) to Ryan

Democrats claim to be delighted that Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate. The attack dogs of the left are already trying to paint Ryan as some kind of radical who will “end Medicare as we know it.” Considering that Medicare, according to the CBO, will implode in 12 years—maybe sooner—this is an […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Mitt Romney, Obama Watch | Tagged , , | 9 Responses

Barack Hussein Obama: President of Trayvon Martin America, Abortion America, Illegal Alien America, Sharia America, Gay Marriage America…

In the past few days Seraphic Secret has viewed with increasing dismay the bust-the-kneecaps presidential campaign being waged by Obama and his surrogates. Sure, politics is a tough business, but Obama has set a new standard of sleaziness. His campaign is more suited to the sleep-with-the-fishes style of a corrupt Chicago alderman than an American […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Iran, Israel, Mitt Romney, Obama Watch, Saudi Arabia | Tagged , | 6 Responses

Friday Photo: Maayan Ariel, American Girl

Maayan Ariel and I were playing together in the courtyard when she asked me about the flag flying outside our home. “It means we’re proud of our country, proud to be Americans.” “I’m proud too,” she said with solid conviction. “A proud American girl.” “Take a picture, Saba.” (Hebrew: grandfather) “Okaaay!” Karen and I and […]

Posted in Family, Friday Fotos | Tagged , | 7 Responses

Hollywood Goes Kierkegaard

Hollywood stars are rarely known for their introspection. Most are working so hard at getting the right roles, staying on top, and being glamorous, there’s precious little time for self-reflection. For years, Seraphic Secret has collected choice quotes from a few thoughtful actors, and dropped them in a file labeled: “Hollywood Goes Kierkegaard.” “Men like […]

Posted in Hollywood, Jean Harlow, Kim Novak, Marilyn Monroe, Susan Hayward | Tagged , , | 9 Responses
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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    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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