A Hollywood July 4th

Ava Gardner draws a line in the sand for July 4th.

Ava Gardner (1922-1990) draws lines in the sand on July 4th, 1943, and flashes the victory sign. Nothing like patriotism and a bit of cheesecake to raise morale.

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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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The first time you buy a house, you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time, you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.” -Lupe Velez

“The first time you buy a house, you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time, you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.”
-Lupe Velez

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Raymond Chandler: Advice for Hollywood Screenwriters

Raymond Chandler, novelist and co-screenwriter on Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia, Strangers on a Train, etc.

Raymond Chandler, novelist, and co-screenwriter on Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia, Strangers on a Train, and numerous other credits.

Like every writer or almost every writer, who goes to Hollywood, I was convinced in the beginning that there must be some discoverable method of working in pictures which would not be completely stultifying to whatever creative talent one might happen to possess. But like others before me I discovered that this was a dream.

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A Poignant Evening With Jews Fleeing France

The El Ghriba Synagogue on the Island of Djirba, Tunisia.

The El Ghriba Synagogue on the Island of Djerba, Tunisia.

Last Shabbat, my wife Karen was out of town. Close friends, unwilling to let yours truly endure a Shabbat dinner alone, invited me for the Friday night meal.

Also present was a family from Los Angeles: a physician, his mother and his two daughters.

The physician, Dr. M., was born on the Tunisian island of Djerba, but his family immigrated to France in the 1960s because of Arab Muslim persecution of Jews.

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The Coming Religious Purges

 

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Now that SCOTUS has endorsed same-sex marriage as a human right and enshrined it as federal law, those individuals and communities of traditional faith will see their religious freedom curtailed in a series of multi-pronged assaults.

It is vital to understand that the left is not really interested in marriage equality; they are playing a game of bait and switch. The objective of the radical left/Democrat Party is to subvert the traditional family and erase gender boundaries.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“You know what you can do with this.” -Myrna Loy to her movie studio when they sent her a letter reprimanding her for speaking out on behalf of German Jews. Her activism resulted in a loss of revenue for the studio when Hitler banned Loy’s movies in Germany.

“You know what you can do with this.”
—Myrna Loy to MGM when they sent her a letter reprimanding her for speaking out on behalf of German Jews. Her call against Jew-hatred resulted in a loss of revenue for the studio when Hitler banned Loy’s movies in Germany.

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: Zulu

Michael Caine and Stanley Baker in Zulu.

Michael Caine and Stanley Baker in Zulu.

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.

10. Zulu, 1964

The true—well, sorta—story of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, 1879, South Africa, where ninety British soldiers fought against several thousand Zulu warriors.

At one point a young bugler, lips trembling, asks the tough Sergeant: “Why? Why?” And the Sergeant, stiff-upper lip, as the British used to be, replies, “Because we’re here, lad.”

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Ally by Michael B. Oren, Ambassador to Chelm

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New Jersey born historian Michael B. Oren was a Zionist inspired-teenager, who, in 1970, when shaking hands with the Israeli Ambassador Yitzchak Rabin, promised himself that someday he would be Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Like a great many American dreamers, Oren’s ambition was realized — sort of.

Oren was Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., 2009-2013, during Barack Obama’s first term. But the American administration under Obama had more in common with the Jewish folkloric town of Chelm, the town of wise fools, than with the leading nation of the free world.

Jewish children laugh at the tales of Chelm — with the dark comprehension that if things were run like Chelm, the world would be an upside-down place.

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What is Palestine? Who Are The Palestinians?

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How I Married Karen Thirty-Eight Years Ago Today

My bride Karen, June19, 1977.

My bride, Karen, June 19, 1977

Today is our 38th wedding anniversary.

But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen since fourth grade when I first saw her on the playground of our elementary school, Yeshiva of Flatbush.

Without Karen, I never would have accomplished very much in life. It was her faith that propelled me to become a successful Hollywood screenwriter. And of course, it has always been Karen’s common sense that has turned me from an irresponsible young dreamer into a man who willingly shoulders the complex burdens of life.

The other evening, Karen and I attended a dinner for the Orthodox Union where my Daf Yomi teacher, Rabbi Yitzchok Etshalom and his wife Stefanie, were being honored. At one point, I turned and gazed at Karen’s profile. Time seemed to turn liquid as present and past merged. For one hallucinatory instant, I saw Karen as the mysterious nine year-old, onyx-eyed beauty who captured my vulnerable heart.

I said to myself: “Karen loves me. Karen married me. We have built a wonderful life together. My world is complete.”

Here’s an excerpt from my eBook, How I Married Karen.

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We Are the TransWorld

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Postmodern democrats live alongside unicorns and rainbows.

On a genetic level, Bruce Jenner is male. This should be beyond dispute, especially for democrat/liberals/progressives, (what are they calling themselves this week?) whose ideology boasts of its boundless respect for science, as opposed to knuckle-dragging conservatives who have the chutzpah to challenge politically rigged science.

But democrats insist that Bruce is female because he feels female.

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How Obama Abandoned Israel

Ambassador Michael B. Oren

Ambassador Michael B. Oren

Seraphic Secret received a review copy of Ally, Michael B. Oren’s latest book.

We have been reading it in great gulps and a full review will follow. It is a beautifully written account of Oren’s life as a Zionist-inspired youth, his struggles to achieve success as an historian, and his tenure as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. during Barack Obama’s first term, a dreadful turning point in Israel-America relations — exactly as Obama planned.

A tantalizing tidbit dropped is a never-produced screenplay Oren wrote about the great British soldier and Zionist, Orde Wingate.

In advance of the publication of his book, Oren has written an OpEd in this morning’s WSJ.

Oren is far too generous when he refuses to characterize Obama as anti-Israel. When a friend punches you in the face repeatedly, he is, by definition, no longer your friend, but your determined your enemy. In any case, the book and this OpEd are a privileged look into the disaster that is the Obama foreign policy towards not just Israel, but the entire Middle East.

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Larry Elder: The New Black Anti-Semitism, Video

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Presenting The 12th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture with Larry Elder: “The New Black Antisemitism”  June 7, 2015.

Larry Elder, the sage of L.A. gives a deeply personal talk about the  irrationality of black anti-semitism, and how his own life has been enhanced and entwined with that of the Jewish people.

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Friday Photos: There Ought To Be a Law

“There ought to be a law against any man who doesn't want to marry Myrna Loy.” —Jimmy Stewart

“There ought to be a law against any man who doesn’t want to marry Myrna Loy.”
—Jimmy Stewart

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Unmasking the BDS Movement Ireland

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This is a brilliant look at the BDS movement in Ireland, which is, in reality, Jew-hatred repackaged.

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New John Wayne Museum

Statue of John Wayne in the plaza of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, Winterset, Iowa.

Statue of John Wayne in the plaza of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, Winterset, Iowa.

Rising at 4 to take my daily three mile walk, I spend a fair amount of time reviewing in my head current events, and deciding what to blog about.

Iran’s march to becoming a nuclear power is frequently at the top of my list. Iran is the world’s greatest exporter of Islamic terrorism. They have been killing Americans ever since the Islamic revolution and they continue to imprison innocent Americans on trumped-up charges of spying.  The Jews of Iran have been fleeing at a steady rate for decades. And of course, the Iranians have told the world that the annihilation of Israel is non-negotiable — which doesn’t bother Barack Obama in the least.

Obama will sign anything with the Iranians. That much is clear. He’s looking for his peace-in-our-time moment, unaware of its grim irony because, as any self-infatuated adolescent, he sees himself as operating outside of history.

As Trotsky said, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

Anyhoo. I’ve decided not to write about Iran—okay, maybe just a little—nor about the war on police being waged by the media and shameless race hustlers.

Instead, time for news about a new John Wayne Museum opening in… Iowa. Of course, John Wayne was raised in California, but there is no denying that he was born in the small town of Winterset.

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South Carolina Passes Anti-BDS Bill

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It is and has been a favored tactic of Jew-haters through the ages: using the law to legitimize hatred and persecution of Jews and Judaism.

This lawfare always precedes the physical elimination of the Jewish people either through exile, or genocide. Thus, the BDS movement against Israel, the Jewish state, is nothing new.

In the past, Jews had little recourse. Where could we turn when Ferdinand and Isabelle stole Jewish property and then exiled their Jewish citizens in 1492? What agencies could German Jews use to combat the Nuremberg Laws?

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Larry Elder Lecture Huge Success

Larry Elder, the Sage of LA, delivered the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avvech MemorialLLecture on Sunday June 7, 2015. Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2015

Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., delivered the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture on Sunday June 7, 2015.
Photo by: Steve Cohn
www.stevecohnphotography.com
(310) 277-2054
© 2015

Yesterday, Sunday June 7, was the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech memorial Lecture.

Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., spoke about the New Black Anti-Smitism. But Larry’s talk was far more personal than standard politics. Larry spoke lovingly of the Jewish State, a trip he took to Israel in his youth, and a rather unique, if not bizarre interaction, with a group of Arab kids in Jerusalem.

Larry also dwelled at length on and his deep personal connections to Jews in America, who, at every stage of his career, have stepped forward as guides, mentors, and friends.

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Friday Photos: The Image is the Message

Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

The other day I was talking with an aspiring screenwriter about great film actors. I mentioned Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Marilyn Monroe. The aspiring screenwriter, a young woman, told me that she’d heard of them, seen a lot of their photos on the internet, but had “never actually watched any of their movies.”

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Larry Elder to Deliver 2015 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel's high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place this coming Sunday, June 7, 2015, 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) 273-6954

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Larry Elder will deliver this year’s lecture titled: “The New Black Anti-Semitism.”

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: "The New Black Anti-Semitism"

    Blog Post
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    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: "Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: "Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 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 (mp3 70MB)
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