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.

Me, Karen, and Ben Shapiro at the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Me, Karen, and Ben Shapiro at the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture
Photo by: Steve Cohn
www.stevecohnphotography.com
(310) 277-2054
© 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Ben dazzled with his analysis of the threats facing the state of Israel. He detailed how to go on the offensive against each one. However, Ben was not all doom and gloom. He emphasized Israel’s upward economic trajectory. The Jewish state is now one of the most economically dynamic countries on the face of the earth. PM Benjamin Netanyahu has been systematically dismantling Israel’s knuckle-dragging socialist past thereby allowing its brilliant human capital to create and innovate new businesses. With economic power comes hard power.

Ben also talked at length about Trump vs. Clinton. And though Ben is not a Trump supporter he understands and respects those like Dennis Prager (and Seraphic Secret) who have decided to vote for Trump because we fear Hillary more than the Donald.

There was a lively Q&A session which, not surprisingly, focused on the Trump-Hillary problem. Who should you vote for?

My friend Marc of Franklin Video Productions taped the event, as he does every year. The video will  be posted here at Seraphic Secret in about a week to ten days.

In the past few years, our lecture has been enhanced by the personal recollections of Ariel’s dearest friends. This year, Michael Wiener melted the audience with his memories of 10 year old Ariel as a courageous pioneer in squashing schoolyard bullying. He recalled that when Ariel, an innocent bystander, witnessed a classmate being victimized, he told his friends, “I can’t do this, I might not be able to stop you, but I won’t take part in it. I just can’t.”  Another of Ariel’s closest friends, Rabbi Avi Stewart, concluded the program with a wrenching but mellifluous memorial prayer, “Kayl Maleh.”

And what is a Jewish event without food?

The brunch, catered by our Israeli friend Dudu (cacatering36@gmail.com) was, as it is every year, plentiful and delicious.

Our dear friend, the incredibly talented Steven Cohn, took time out from his busy schedule to be our photographer.

It is heartbreaking that we have to have an event memorializing our beloved Ariel Chaim, ZT’L. But there is a measure of consolation in paying tribute to our son with old friends and new.

May we only share joyous occasions together.

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5 Comments

  1. DrCarol
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to the video. Someday I will get there to hear one of these in person.

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  2. kishke
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    It is heartbreaking that we have to have an event memorializing our beloved Ariel Chaim, ZT’L.

    This line resonates very strongly with me.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the write up Robert – can’t wait for the video.

    These are perilous times.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      Video should be up by next week.

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