Last night I was a guest on the Zev Brenner Radio Show that broadcasts in New York and Florida, though it can also be picked up on the internet, nachumradio.com. I forgot to blog about about this and let Seraphic Secret readers know in advance. Oops. This is what happens when I end up multi-tasking, a fancy word for: keeping-myself-obsessively-busy-so I-have-less-time-to-think-about-Ariel-and-how-much-I-miss-him.
Ostensibly, I was on the show to talk about my novel The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden, and our publishing company, Seraphic Press. But guess what, most of the talk was about, yup, Hollywood. And here I thought that Zev’s frum audience felt only contempt for the industry. But no, even the observant are caught up in Hollywood’s glamorous image. To be fair, Zev’s primary interest was in Jewish films, or the lack of, and he wanted to know why Hollywood was so uninterested in things Jewish. I explained that it was not just Judaism that Hollywood is allergic to, but all things religious.
“Hollywood is run by Wahabi secularists,” I explained. “These are fanatical people whose true religion is the Democratic party, their Bible is The New York Times, and their core belief is cultural relativism, or, whatever intellectually facile idea is fashionable at the moment.”
When Zev took phone calls I expected to be deluged with indignant Jews scolding me for being part of such a corrupt industry.
But no. It seems that many of my fellow Jews in Flatbush, Boro Park, and Miami also have, just like every third person here in La-La Land, a “very commercial script” and would I take a look at it and maybe produce it?
For me, the most touching and satisfying moment of the show was when Zev took phone calls. My friend Baruch Cohen called in to say hello and tell me what a good job I am doing with Seraphic Press and The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden. Baruch is prominent attorney here in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he and I are bound together by a terrible thread. Baruch lost his 17 year-old- daughter, Hindy, almost a year ago. She was a lovely Bais Yaakov girl who did works of chesed even when she was sick. Ariel was the recipient of this saintly young woman’s goodnness. Hindy heard that Ariel was bed-ridden. Hindy also learned that Ariel liked Disney and Pixar movies. And so she went out and raised the money to purchase a portable DVD player and had it delivered to our house. It gave Ariel hours and hours of viewing pleasure. Hindy never asked for credit. In fact, Karen and I did not know that it was Hindy Cohen who did this for our son until we paid a shiva call to Baruch and his family and he told us.
Thank you Baruch for calling in. I was nervous as anything and hearing your voice calmed me down considerably.
Thank you Hindy for showing such kindness to Ariel.