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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.