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Larry Elder to Deliver Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture for 2015

Tweet You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch. Young Israel of Century City 9317 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035 RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954 For those […]

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How Important Are Shared Memories?

Tweet More than anything, I look forward to Friday night Shabbat dinner. Frequently, Karen and I are invited to friend’s homes where we and other guests talk, eat, and sing sweet Shabbat songs. But when I’m alone with Karen on Friday night, there is a certain magic that happens — and I never know what […]

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Friday Photos


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Someone To Watch Over Me in 2015


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Is Livia Dreaming of Electric Sheep?

Tweet As Livia was sleeping, I sat and watched over her for about 20 minutes. Every once in a while she twitched or shuddered. Livia clenched and unclenched her fist. Her eyelids fluttered open and I saw her eyes sliding around as if unbalanced. She squeaked like a mouse, threw out her arms as if […]

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Tweet   Browsing through the day’s news made Seraphic Secret feel sad. An eleven-year-old Jewish girl in Israel suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body after PalNazis hurled a Molotov cocktail at her parents’ car. At the same time, the PalNazis, who enjoy overwhelming support among the oh-so-civilized barbarians of the EU, are studying an online video that gives detailed […]

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Enter Livia Yarden

Tweet With joy and gratitude to HaShem Karen and I announce the birth of Livia Yarden (Eng. Jordan) to Offspring #2. Livia was born Friday December 26, 2014, 6:21 PM, 6lbs. 3 oz.

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No Bad News Today


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After Shiva

Tweet Shiva is complete. I am now in a period called shloshim. Emerging from shiva is something of a shock. For the seven days of mourning I neither watched TV news nor read newspapers. My daily TCM fix was terminated. And politics was a blessedly distant shore. Not talking about things Obama is a huge […]

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Brit Milah

Tweet The commandment of circumcision, brit milah, is found in Genesis 17:10-14 and Leviticus 12:3. The first Jew to be circumcised was Abraham, at G-d’s command. Brit milah is the first commandment specific to the Jewish people. Yesterday was our grandson’s brit, or circumcision ceremony. As sandek, I held the baby on my lap as […]

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Seraphic Secret’s Grandson

Tweet With joy and gratitude to HaShem, Karen and I are proud to announce the birth of a grandson.

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Just Because


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Happy Birthday Lielle Meital


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My Cousin Alice: Wine Critic and Hurricane Hero

Tweet Seraphic Secret has not, so far, written about Hurricane Sandy (what a terrible name for such a devastating storm) because, frankly, we had nothing original to say. We all know that nature is pitiless, government services fail, and neighbors help neighbors while politicians pose and preen. Seraphic Secret has one daughter in Teaneck and […]

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Friday Fashion: Mayan Ariel Super Styling for Rosh Hashanah

Tweet Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday evening. It is traditional to greet the New Year with some new outfits. Maayan’s adorable dress reflects a discernible trend towards a return to patterns.

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Friday Footwear: Lielle Meital’s Little Cat Feet


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Friday Photos: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Tweet Summer vacation. Seraphic Secret spent time in Yosemite and not long afterwards, Offspring #2 and family arrived in Los Angeles for a two-week vacation. Activities included a wedding at the Terranea Resort, day trips to museums, playgrounds, and swimming in Casa Avrech’s cement pond. Vacation time is almost over, but our memories will last […]

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Friday Photo: Maayan Ariel, American Girl

Tweet Maayan Ariel and I were playing together in the courtyard when she asked me about the flag flying outside our home. “It means we’re proud of our country, proud to be Americans.” “I’m proud too,” she said with solid conviction. “A proud American girl.” “Take a picture, Saba.” (Hebrew: grandfather) “Okaaay!” Karen and I […]

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Endless Love: Happy 35th Anniversary

Tweet I have been in love with my wife Karen since I was nine years old, which is to say for most of my life. We were married in 1977. Today is our 35th anniversary. I’m republishing the first and final chapter of my series How I Married Karen as a tribute to my wife […]

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Indivisible Jerusalem

Tweet Yesterday was Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation during the 1967 Six Day War. Among the chattering classes there is constant talk of—sigh, once again—dividing Jerusalem. This is not only dangerous but impractical. Daniel Greenfield writes: Jerusalem Day is a reminder of what the real problem is […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    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)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    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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