Trump Rescues William Tecumseh Sherman

Augustus Saint-Gauden's statue of General Sherman in central Park after the restoration. The monument was installed in 1903.

Augustus Saint-Gauden’s statue of General Sherman in Central Park after the restoration. The monument was installed in 1903.

The New York Times just did a hatchet job about Trump and women which ended up making the NY Times look far worse than Trump. The Washington Post hired 20 extra reporters to investigate Trump — just as they did not do when Barack Obama was the Democrat nominee.

I recently came across a story the New York Times and Washington Post will never publish. It’s about about Donald Trump and the monument to William Tecumseh Sherman that is, if not hugely revealing of Trump’s character, at least worthy of attention and reflection.

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Prager U: Who’s More Pro-Choice Europe or America?

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Are abortion laws more conservative in America or in Western Europe? Would a pregnant woman seeking an abortion have an easier time getting one in Texas or in…Germany? The answers, as talk show host Elisha Krauss explains, may just change how you think about America’s abortion laws.

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Ben Shapiro Dazzles at Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro
Photo by: Steve Cohn
www.stevecohnphotography.com
(310) 277-2054
© 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Yesterday, Sunday May 22, 2016 was the Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture featuring Ben Shapiro. His topic, “How You Can Save Israel.”

Because the left is an intolerant fascist movement that uses violence and intimidation to further their Jew-hating program we kept the location of the event a secret, except for those who were invited.

In spite of the secrecy, this was our biggest event so far. Over 200 people attended.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else.” —Dolores del Rio

“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else.”
—Dolores Del Rio

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Ben Shapiro to Deliver Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Sunday May 22, 2016

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 Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place this coming Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

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

Karen and I are delighted to announce that our friend Ben Shapiro will deliver this year’s lecture, “How You Can Save Israel.”

Because of security concerns—liberals are an intolerant, violent bunch—we are not publicizing the location of the lecture. But if you write to me at robert.avrech@gmail.com I will give you the address.

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From Ben Casey to ObamaToilet

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The opening credits to the Ben Casey TV series (1961-1966) were the only opening credits that my friends and I noticed and talked about. We were tweener Yeshiva students, enthusiastically devouring the fruits of popular culture even as were were steeped in Torah. We didn’t analyze our response to the Ben Casey credits. Our reaction was visceral. But the lifecycle so elegantly laid out on a classroom chalk board carried a powerful message that was simple but not simplistic. We understood that man, woman, birth, death, infinity, reflected the truth of the world.

The Ben Casey credits would never make it to network or cable TV now. It would be labeled hate speech.

Indeed, we have come to a point in American culture where the Democrat party self-righteously propagandizes against normative behavior in favor of tragic sexual deviancies.

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Prager U: What ISIS Wants

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ISIS has conquered territory across the Middle East and northern Africa. It has terrorized its occupied cities, sown terror across Europe, and spread its ideology around the world. But what does ISIS want? What does it believe? Where did it come from? And can it be stopped? Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Suddenly, the platform tipped, wobbled, bounced, and flipped upside down. All I remember is the start of the fall and seeing the floor coming toward me. Whatever else I know of the incident is what people have told me. Unconscious, I was sprawled out under the fabric of my yellow chiffon dress, lying face down, crumpled and broken. A pool of blood formed under my head and flowed onto the stage.” —Ann-Margret, My Story, 1994. On September 10th, 1972 while performing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Ann-Margret plummeted 22 feet from a raised platform to the stage below, breaking her left arm and completely shattering the left side of her face (her cheek, jaw, and brow bones were in little tiny pieces). Her devoted husband Roger Smith stole an airplane in Los Angles, flew to Lake Tahoe, and transported an unconscious Ann back to L.A. where she was treated by doctors. After extensive reconstructive surgery which required fusing the bones on the left side of her face back together and wiring her jaw shut, Ann posed for this photo in her bedroom reading the get well wishes she received from friends and fans. Through sheer force of will, Ann returned to the stage ten weeks later. Her beloved father was dying of cancer, and she wanted him to know she was okay.

“Suddenly, the platform tipped, wobbled, bounced, and flipped upside down. All I remember is the start of the fall and seeing the floor coming toward me. Whatever else I know of the incident is what people have told me. Unconscious, I was sprawled out under the fabric of my yellow chiffon dress, lying face down, crumpled and broken. A pool of blood formed under my head and flowed onto the stage.” —Ann-Margret, My Story, 1994.
On September 10th, 1972 while performing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Ann-Margret fell 22 feet from a raised platform to the stage below. She broke her left arm and shattered the left side of her face. Her cheek, jaw, and brow bones were fractured into little pieces. Her husband, Roger Smith, flew from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe, and transported an unconscious Ann back to Los Angles. After extensive reconstructive surgery which required fusing the bones on the left side of her face and wiring her jaw shut, Ann posed for this photo in her bedroom reading the mail she received from friends and fans. A true professional, Ann-Margret returned to the stage ten weeks later.

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Independence Day, Israel at 68

Lielle Meital enjoys a Dunkin' Doughnut in the colors of the Israeli flag.

Lielle Meital enjoys a Dunkin’ Doughnut decorated in the colors of the Israeli flag.

There are only two countries in the world that were founded specifically on the idea of hope.

America and Israel.

In fact, Israel’s national anthem is Hatikvah, The Hope.

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68 Facts About Israel You Probably Didn’t Know

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day tomorrow comes this delightful video on 68 reasons to celebrate Israel.

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Meet the Israeli Killer Robot

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Here at Seraphic Secret we’re always on the lookout for new and better ways to kill IslamoNazi terrorists. In eight years Barack Obama has never even acknowledged the existence of IslamoNazis. Obama and his leftist goose-steppers use the Orwellian term, “violent extremism.” As if violent extremism is a fully formed ideology that is sweeping the globe — like a virulent form of Beatelmania.

Over in Israel, they actually know who they’re fighting, and bright minds are constantly innovating products to aid in the battle against Muslim terrorists.

Dogo’s real world applications are easy to imagine.

We can also imagine Hollywood using this little beauty as a plot point in plenty of action scenes.

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Ben Rhodes: Obama’s Minister of Truth

truth

I have a deep distrust of theory, an acute sense of the difference between words and facts.

And so, when Israel expelled 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza, under the theory that disengagement proves to the world that trading land for peace works, I knew—because the Arab Muslims tell us—that any Israeli withdrawal is celebrated as a sign of weakness, as surrender.

Obama’s policies regarding healthcare and Iran are more theories disconnected from the real world.

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The Art of Mother’s Day

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, “Self-portrait with daughter,” 1789

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, “Self-portrait with daughter,” 1789

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.” —Humphrey Bogart

“Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.” —Humphrey Bogart

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And Then There Was Trump

Donald and Ivanka

Donald and Ivanka

When there were seventeen Republicans running to carry the GOPs standard against the Democrats, I supported Carly Fiorino. When Carly suspended her campaign, I shifted to Marco Rubio. When Rubio lost his home state of Florida and dropped out of the race, I supported Ted Cruz.

People kept asking me, what happens if Trump wins the nomination?

I shrugged off the question because I just did not believe the Donald would prevail.

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Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees?

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Another superb video from our friends at Prager University:

It’s been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli, and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees…and zero Jewish refugees. With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen? What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors?

Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.

Check out more from Prager University here.

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Private vs. Government Investment

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From transportation to energy, and everything in between, should the government invest money in as many promising projects as possible? Or would that actually doom many of those ventures to failure? Burt Folsom, historian and professor at Hillsdale College, answers those questions by drawing on the fascinating history of the race to build America’s railroads and airplanes.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions, Passover Edition

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor passed many hours arguing furiously about who was more Jewish.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor passed many hours arguing furiously about who was more Jewish.

When Mike Todd (b. Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) was killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth found comfort in Judaism. “I am absolutely Jewish now in my beliefs and feelings,” she said.

At her conversion, Elizabeth Taylor took the Jewish name Elisheva Rachel.

In the compulsively readable Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger report on the frequently drunken arguments in which Richard Burton and Taylor indulged over—get this—their respective Jewishness.

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Male in Female Bathrooms, Modesty Anyone?

Hasidic mother and daughter enjoy the Liberty Science Center. But is it safe for them to use the restroom?

Hasidic mother and daughter enjoy the Liberty Science Center. But is it safe for them to use the restroom?

It’s happening with astonishing speed.

The radical left has moved from the redefinition of marriage to the nullification of gender. If you feel that you are a woman, then justice demands that you and your penis have the right to use the women’s restroom.

Those who disagree are labeled bigots. Giant corporations buckle under pressure from the left for fear of violence and boycotts. A Target in Florida confirmed that men who feel that they are women can use the women’s bathroom.

Pop stars Nick Joans and Demi Lovato have joined a growing list of celebrities who have cancelled concerts in North Carolina over the state’s passage of HB 2, a law governing public restrooms.

As always, the left seeks to demonize and then destroy those who disagree with their increasingly hysterical demands.

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The Jewish Story is Under Assault

A Jew prays at the Western Wall (Photo by Robert J. Avrech)

A Jew prays at the Western Wall (Photo by Robert J. Avrech)

Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that Yossi Klein Halevi and I went to yeshiva high school together. At the time, Yossi was active in Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Jewish Defense League. Yours truly was sort of terrified of the JDL guys who used to hang out by the lockers and plot who-knows-what. A few years ago Offspring #3 married Yossi’s maternal nephew. No longer scary, Yossi is now an Israeli, a husband and father, and a hugely respected author and journalist. He and I have grown close.

Though Yossi has authored several excellent books, his first effort, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist” is my absolute favorite. His evocation of our high school, Brooklyn Talmudic Academy, is astonishingly vivid. And I admire the manner in which he is able to look at his younger self with such bracing honesty. Do yourself a favor and head on over to Yossi’s author’s page.

Yossi’s latest article is about the cultural/historical genocide UNESCO is waging against Judaism and the state of Israel.

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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"

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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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