Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I have always had a special respect for Kathleen [Byron] ever since she pulled a gun on me. It was a revolver, a big one, U.S. Army issue, and it was loaded. A naked woman and a loaded gun are persuasive objects.”
—Director Michael Powell on his tumultuous relationship with actress Kathleen Byron, via: Million Dollar Movie by Michael Powell, one of the best movie autobiographies ever written.

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Chanukah 2017: The Battle of the Maccabees Continues

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Today is the first day of Chanukah.

And here is a timeless message from Simon the Maccabee:

“We have not taken a foreign land, nor did we take the property of others — for this is the inheritance of our fathers, which was for some time unjustly possessed by our enemies. But we, having the opportunity, returned to us the inheritance of our fathers.”

— First Book of the Maccabees, 15:33-34.

“לא ארץ נוכריה לקחנו ולא ברכוש זרים משלנו, כי אם נחלת אבותינו, אשר בידי אויבינו בעת מן העיתים בלא משפט נכבשה. ואנחנו כאשר הייתה לנו עת, הושיבונו נחלת אבותינו” (ספר מקבים א, טו’ לג-לד) Read More »

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Fire Bombing Jewish Children In Sweden

The synagogue in Goteborg, Sweden.

Like a California fire, Islamism is devouring Europe at a rapid and unchecked pace. French Jews are leaving by the hundreds, soon to be thousands. When walking the streets of Jerusalem I hear more and more French speakers. Jews of England also see the writing on the wall. And the Jews of Sweden, just 18,000, are no doubt packing their bags and preparing to depart.

Europeans are trading productive and loyal Jewish citizens for on-the-dole, intolerant, sharia yearning Islamists.

IslamoNazis are taking over Europe one neighborhood at a time. This is the immediate cause of the Jew-hatred. But we must also take into the account European Jew-hatred which was nourished by the Church, both Catholic and Protestant, for hundreds of years. Christian Jew-hatred has been supplanted in Europe by leftist Jew-hatred (an alternative religion) in alliance with Islam.

Of course the Europeans are blaming President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for the latest outburst of violence. But IslamoNazis and the perfidious European left always have an excuse for their barbarism.

Here we are, just 70 years from Auschwitz, and Jewish children are being firebombed in Sweden—and the chattering classes are blaming it on the Jews.

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Is Fascism Right or Left?

Every Republican president since the 1970s has been called a fascist. Ironic, no? After all, fascism has its roots in the left. Dinesh D’Souza, author of The Big Lie, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Professionally, my career was great, but never was the scene offstage great for me.”
—Betty Hutton

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Jerusalem the Eternal Undivided Capital of the Jewish State

President Trump in Jerusalem, at the Kotel, the Western Wall, remnant of the Second Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 ACE.

There is a great deal of hand wringing now that President Trump is officially recognizing reality: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and that the U.S. embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Jew-hating Arabs warn that this recognition will cause violence.

The gutless EU warns that this move will derail the so-called peace process.

The fact is, the Arabs are always threatening violence if they don’t get what they want. Like children they pull temper tantrums in order to intimidate.

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An Arab Muslim in the Israeli Army

Why would an Arab Muslim serve in the Israeli military? Because he, like many Israeli Arabs, proudly defend the nation that has given them freedom and opportunity. Mohammad Kabiya, Israeli Air Force reservist, shares his remarkable story.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Acting’s just waiting for a custard pie. That’s all.” —Katharine Hepburn

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Benghazi: No Justice

Democrats believe that the way to handle IslamoNazisis is to treat them like common criminals—or celebrate jihadists like Linda Sarsour as warriors for so-called social justice. (To be clear: there is no such thing as social justice. There is only justice. Social justice is code for Marxist/Jihadism.)

Conservatives believe that we are in a life and death struggle with radical Islam, thus IslamoNazis should be treated like war criminals.

The attack at Benghazi was a carefully planned act of terrorism. The Obama-Clinton White House claimed that the Benghazi was caused by a video that no one had seen. Their lies and the subsequent cover-up has never ended. And now their foolish policies have played out in civil court as a mockery of justice. IslamoNazis should, be captured, thoroughly interrogated, and then left to rot on Gitmo—or dumped out of a helicopter on the way to Gitmo.

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Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

Why should every American stand for the National Anthem? Because the Anthem and the flag represent America, and America is a free nation. That alone is worth standing for. Joy Villa, singer, songwriter, and recording artist, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Mr.Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.”
—Grace Kelly

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Thanksgiving 2017: The Children of the Children of Israel

Studio photographers shot millions of still photos of their actors, often with holiday themes. This is the one of the few religiously inclined Thanksgiving stills I have come across. The actress is Barbara Kent, a minor star in the silent ear best known for starring opposite Harold Lloyd in “Welcome Danger” 1929. But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” 1928.

Studio photographers shot mountains of photographs of contract actors, often with holiday themes. This is a charming Thanksgiving  photo. The actress is Barbara Kent, (b. Barbara Cloutman, 1907- 2011) a popular star in the silent era best known for twice starring opposite Harold Lloyd, “Welcome Danger” (1929), and then “Feet First,” (1930). But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” (1928). Seraphic Secret wrote a memoriam for this lovely actress when she passed away. You can find it here.

As far as I know, there are only two countries in the world that were founded on the idea of hope.

America and Israel.

And what was the hope?

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The Key to Unhappiness

Want to be miserable, resentful, and bitter? Few people do, and yet many people are. Why? Because many people have the one primary character trait that leads to unhappiness. And you need to avoid it. Nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager explains

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.”
—Myrna Loy

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Rebbetzin Celia Singer, Z’L

I have always loved this snapshot of Celia Singer, my mother-in-law, holding my wife Karen, Brooklyn, 1951.

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Karen’s mother

Rebbetzin Celia Singer   צילה בת חנה שרה

My beloved mother-in-law passed away yesterday, surrounded by family.

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Hidden Hollywood: Seven Obscure Jewish Films

What’s a Jewish film? My definition is quite simple. It is a film that deals with Jewish subject matter. Thus, Woody Allen does not make Jewish films. In truth, Hollywood movies that do deal with Judaism are quite rare. Take a look at the subject headings in Netflix. There is no category for Jewish films.

However, there are now quite a few interesting indie films on Amazon Prime and Netflix that deal seriously or humorously with Jewish subject matter. But those movies will be the subject of a future blog post. I’m also planning a blog post about Yiddish films, a fascinating genre.

For now, I’d like to bring your attention to a few obscure Jewish Hollywood films that can usually be found on TCM. And if you’re lucky, some may show up on You Tube.

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Prager U: What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

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Veteran’s Day, 2017: My Favorite Veteran, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech z’l

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often speaks of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often spoke of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014. This is the fourth Veteran’s Day without my father’s physical presence in this world.

He is gone, but like all veteran’s certainly not forgotten.

Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families.

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10 Must See War Movies

Alas, not a single Myrna Loy film shows up here. But I just can’t resist posting this uplifting photo of Loy serving coffee to American sailors in the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. Lucky guys.

There is no subject as well suited for the movies as war.

In war there is conflict, love, and of course lots of action. Movies, said Hitchcock, are just like life, but with the boring parts cut out. Thus, movies about war delete the incredible boredom of most war-time experiences in favor of the hyper-drama that characterizes training, combat, and the bursts of romance and friendship that invariably help define characters within a blasted landscape.

Seraphic Secret would like to draw your attention to ten spectacular war movies. Each film seethes with a specific national and regional point of view. And yet war and man’s experiences in war are universal, and each film left yours truly horrified, enlightened and deeply moved.

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How to Respond to the Sutherland Springs Massacre

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs

So far, the dead in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs massacre number 26, with 20 wounded.

This atrocity will, no doubt, devolve into a debate about gun control. Democrats will label the NRA evil, and the Republicans who support the Second Amendment as a bunch of knuckle draggers. Never mind that it seems it was good man with a gun who put a halt to the killing spree.

Gun debate aside, let me propose a few simple measures that the media should adopt in the wake of a mass killing.

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