Monthly Archives: December 2012

Old Hollywood, New Year

Seraphic Secret works hard to favor the glass half-full view of life. When bad stuff happens, which it does all the time, we try not to plunge into a clinical depression. But let’s face it, 2012 was a difficult year for Conservatives — and for America. Obamacare has become the law of the land, which, […]

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Friday Photos: Whatever

No theme today. Just a random collection of fun photos. Enjoy!

Posted in Friday Fotos, Photography, Family, Girls Love Footwear, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson | Tagged , , , , | 13 Responses

Stalked: Girl Without A Gun

I am republishing this true life story from 2007 for the same reason I republished Jew Without a Gun, my nightmarish report of being trapped with my family, unarmed and defenseless, in the 1992 L.A. Riots. This is another cautionary tale — not about the riots — but about one frightened and helpless young woman […]

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How I Married Karen, The EBook

At last, How I Married Karen, the story of my perfect imperfection, has been published as an ebook. I fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when we were fourth-grade classmates in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. In this true life story, an unorthodox Orthodox memoir, I detail an all-consuming love that struck at age nine […]

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Friday Photos: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios took thousands of photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—let America know that it and the heartland were aligned. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only kosher food. Our lives and […]

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Fay Wray: Beauty and the Beasts, Part II

In her modest, jewel of an autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unravels her life in Hollywood in a lovely, impressionist style. As Seraphic Secret wrote in Part I, Wray, a fatherless young […]

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Jew Without a Gun

I am republishing my three-part series about the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 in which Karen and I and the children were trapped for several frightening hours. We were unarmed, helpless save for our wits. The police were conspicuously absent and the bad guys, frequently armed with heavy weapons, owned the streets. It was a […]

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Israel and China React to the Massacre of the Innocent at Sandy Hook

The following is the text of the letter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to US President Barack Obama: Dear President Obama, I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and […]

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Girls With Guns

In the wake of the atrocity last week at Sandy Hook elementary school, we are, once again, beng lectured by statist utopians that the problem is guns, that America is steeped in a culture of violence, that free citizens need to hand over more control to government agencies. The truths are simple and stark: 1. […]

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Friday Photos: Seraphic Secret in Israel

Karen and I attended our niece Ariella’s wedding in Israel two weeks ago. It was a quick trip, just four days, but it was still enough to create a lifetime’s worth of memories.

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How I Married Karen: The EBook

At last, How I Married Karen, the story of my perfect imperfection, has been published as an ebook. I fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when we were fourth-grade classmates in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. In this true life story, an unorthodox Orthodox memoir, I detail an all-consuming love that struck at age nine […]

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The Old-New Chanukah Wars

On December 5, 2012, The New York Times filed this story: Cheering U.N. Palestine Vote, Synagogue Tests Its Members. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, a large synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is known for its charismatic rabbis, its energetic and highly musical worship, and its liberal stances on social causes. But on Friday, when […]

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Hamas Leader Khaled Mashal: We Will Not Relinquish Palestine from the River to the Sea…

On Saturday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal gave a speech notable for its honesty. Which is to say that this IslamoNazi fully articulated the goal of Hamas: the liquidation of the Jewish state. When Hamas or the Palestinian Authority speak of the “occupation,” they are not referring Judea and Samaria. They are speaking of the entire […]

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A Bookish Chanukah and Christmas

I love books. Casa Avrech is stuffed with bookshelves that are, of course, stuffed with books. As much as Seraphic Secret admires and makes use of eBooks via Kindle and the iPad, there is still something about paper, binding, and the fragrance of a freshly opened page that is intoxicating. Books are the perfect holiday […]

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Happy Birthday Lielle Meital

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The Terror of Art

In 1917, Marcel Duchamp signed R. Mutt to a porcelain urinal, titled it “Fountain,” and declared it a work of art. The art world was immediately plunged into a new era where talent, draftsmanship, and beauty were suddenly declared irrelevant, and unnecessary. In fact, the very notion of talent was deemed unnecessary to the enterprise […]

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PalArab Goal: “The End of Israel,” Plus, The Israeli-Chinese-Indian Pivot

Fatah leader Abbas Zaki speaks on Palestinian Authority television about “the great goal,” referring to the destruction of Israel. He explains that it is impossible to achieve the “goal in one stroke,” but that it would be “great “if Israel were remove[d] from existence.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ViFr3oIM4M[/youtube] This is a clear of example of the duplicity of […]

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The Drones Done Did It

Seraphic Secret has just returned from a four-day trip to Israel, where we attended our niece Ariella’s wedding. We then spent a lovely and peaceful Shabbat with beloved cousins in Mitzpe Netofa, a yishuv in the upper Galilee. We are beyond jet-lagged. In fact, semi-comatose. But before collapsing in a cranky heap, we’d like to […]

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    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.”

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