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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Succos: 2016

Tweet You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths. —Leviticus 23:42 On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Seraphic Secret in Dallas

Tweet Karen and I are in Dallas for a cousin’s wedding. Flags are at half-mast all across the city. My cousins belong to Congregation Shaare Tefilla, an Orthodox synagogue, and a spectacularly gracious and hospitable congregation. During Shabbat services, Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky read the names and ages of the five fallen Dallas police officers. The […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, z’l, 10th Yahrzeit

Tweet Today is the yahrzeit [anniversary] of the death of Karen’s beloved father, Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, Pinchas Zvi. This is the speech our son-in-law delivered on 6/23/16 at the brit milah [circumcision ceremony] for our grandson who was named for Karen’s distinguished father. Our son is named after Aliza’s maternal grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, A”H. […]

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How I Married Karen 39 Years Ago Today

Tweet Today is our 39th wedding anniversary. But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen since fourth grade when I first saw her on the playground of our elementary school, Yeshiva of Flatbush. Without Karen, I never would have accomplished much in life. It was her faith […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions, Passover Edition

Tweet 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 […]

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Friday Photos, True Hollywood Secrets: How to be Beautiful

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Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech, Second Yahrzeit

Tweet My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014, which the Jewish calendar translates into the 13th of Adar. Thus, tonight — Jewish holidays begin in the evening, after sundown — is the second Yahrzeit, memorial, without my father’s physical presence in this world. My father was 94 years old. He […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Seraphic Secret in the Land of Israel, Part III

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Seraphic Secret In the Land of Israel, Part II

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Seraphic Secret In the Land of Israel, Part I

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Bringing Ariel Home

Tweet Twelve years after our beloved son Ariel Chaim z’l passed away, we have finally brought him home. His holy grave has been moved to the holy soil of Israel. Ariel’s new headstone is composed as a Hebrew acrostic, a traditional piyyut. The English translation by our friends Marilyn Selber and Geri Wiener preserves the […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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A Poignant Evening With Jews Fleeing France

Tweet Last Shabbat, my wife Karen was out of town. Close friends, unwilling to let yours truly endure a Shabbat dinner alone, invited me for the Friday night meal. Also present was a family from Los Angeles: a physician, his mother and his two daughters. The physician, Dr. M., was born on the Tunisian island […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016
    Ben Shapiro: "How You Can Save Israel"

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    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)
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    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
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    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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