Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bringing Ariel Home

Twelve years after our beloved son Ariel Chaim z’l passed away, we have finally brought him home. His holy grave has been moved to the holy soil of Israel. Ariel’s new headstone is composed as a Hebrew acrostic, a traditional piyyut. The English translation by our friends Marilyn Selber and Geri Wiener preserves the acrostic […]

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Peter O’Toole: Acting With Messianic Determination

  Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013) achieved instant stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. O’Toole received seven further Oscar nominations: Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). O’Toole never won the Oscar. But he’s in great company. Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock were also […]

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Career Advice From Alfred Hitchcock to Ingrid Bergman

Hollywood stars frequently experience stardom and the vast amounts of money they earn as illegitimate. They suspect that they are unworthy… or just plain frauds. Ingrid Bergman, whose work has given pleasure to millions of fans, had such an existential moment. She chose to confide in director Alfred Hitchcock, who guided Bergman to her greatest […]

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The Iran Deal and the Problem of Conjecture

  Over the weekend, the distinguished historian Niall Ferguson published a clear-eyed essay in the WSJ about the Obama-Kerry surrender to the IslamoNazis of Iran. In making the case for his nuclear-arms-control deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, President Obama has confronted Congress with a stark choice. “There really are only two alternatives here,” he declared […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Friday Fotos, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Lunch with Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren

During Christmas 1957, Sophia Loren and her husband Carlo Ponti rented a villa in Switzerland. Their neighbors were Audrey Hepburn and her husband actor Mel Ferrer. One day, while Mel was away for work, Audrey invited us to lunch. To get to their house we had to walk along a trail surrounded on both sides […]

Posted in Audrey Hepburn, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Sophia Loren, The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , | 13 Responses

Stop Iran Rally, Times Square, Wednesday

If you are in New York on Wednesday, July 22, you should attend this important rally. There’s a nice group of speakers lined up.

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ObamaCare for Arabia

The democrat party would like nothing better than for the media to keep talking about Donald Trump, the Confederate flag, Bruce Caitlyn Jenner, or any other nonsense with which the radical left obsesses in their quest for ideological purity. What they don’t want to talk about is the Obama-Kerry surrender to Iran. Because when they […]

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Obama’s War Against the Jewish State

The more we read about the Obama-Kerry surrender to the IslamoNazis of Iran, the worse it gets. In Annex III – “Civil Nuclear Cooperation” the document states that those who negotiated the deal with Iran — the U.S., China, France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany — “and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Bette Davis, Family, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Painting, The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood, True Hollywood Confessions, Vivien Leigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Everything You Need to Know About the Nobel Peace Prize

During World War II, Catholic Polish national Irena Sendler (1910 – 2008) received permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a sewer specialist. Sendler had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out of the ghetto in the bottom of her tool box. She also smuggled larger Jewish children in a burlap sack placed […]

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Obama-Iran: Not a Deal But An Act of Treachery

“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.” These were the prophetic words spoken by Winston Churchill in the immediate aftermath of the signing of the Munich treaty which handed Czechoslavakia to the Nazis in return for “peace in our time.” Of course, in less than […]

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Obama Capitulates to Iran

PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Obama-Kerry Deal With Iran 7/14/15 “I will refer later to the details of the agreement, but before that, I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result. From the initial reports we can already conclude […]

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Historic Sellout of Israel by Obama-Kerry

My good friend David Gerstman is keeping a close eye on the Obama-Kerry capitulation to the IslamoNazis of Iran. This from Legal Insurrection. President Barack Obama has, at least since 2012, claimed that he has Israel’s back regarding his engagement with Iran. But as the Iran nuke negotiations move closer to an agreement, with reports […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaism, Leonardo da Vinci, Marlene Dietrich, Marriage, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Rita Hayworth, Star Ads, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

How Not To Marry in Hollywood — Or Anywhere

In June 1948, the day after that she divorced her first husband, actress Gloria Grahame wed director Nicholas Ray. But the marriage was troubled and ended when Ray walked in on Grahame while she was in bed with another man. Actually, a boy. He was 13-year-old Anthony Ray, Nick’s son from a previous marriage.

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Obama’s Bad Idea About Bad Ideas

Yesterday, at West Point, President Obama said, “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated with better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision.”  This statement is one more pious leftist pronouncement that is demonstrably false. Slavery in the United States was an evil ideology that was defeated by the force of arms […]

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How to Con America and Get a Nuclear Bomb


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Iran: The Worst Agreement in U.S. Diplomatic History

Make no mistake about it, President Obama is going to sign a deal — any deal — with the genocidal mullahs of Iran. His threats to walk away from a bad deal are as meaningful as his red line in Syria. The only question is: Will Israel attack before Obama exits or wait to see […]

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A Hollywood July 4th

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who were under contract to them, celebrated their love of America, and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

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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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