Tweet Today is our 38th 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 very much in life. It was her […]
Tweet Presenting The 12th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture with Larry Elder: “The New Black Antisemitism” June 7, 2015. Larry Elder, the sage of L.A. gives a deeply personal talk about the irrationality of black anti-semitism, and how his own life has been enhanced and entwined with that of the Jewish people.
Tweet Yesterday, Sunday June 7, was the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech memorial Lecture. Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., spoke about the New Black Anti-Smitism. But Larry’s talk was far more personal than standard politics. Larry spoke lovingly of the Jewish State, a trip he took to Israel in his youth, and a rather unique, […]
Tweet The other day I was talking with an aspiring screenwriter about great film actors. I mentioned Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Marilyn Monroe. The aspiring screenwriter, a young woman, told me that she’d heard of them, seen a lot of their photos on the […]
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Tagged Agnes Pelton, Anna May Wong, Barcelona Haggadah, Carole Lombard, Carolyn Jones, Charlotte Salomon, Cornell Capa, David Ortins, Ed Ruscha, Gene Tierney, Hilma af Klint, Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, movie posters, Norma Jeane Baker, Paul Newman, Willem de Kooning
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 […]
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 […]
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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Tagged David Foulkes, Development of Consciousness, Do Babies Dream?, Dreams, Infants, Neuroscience, Pediatric Dreaming, Psychology, REM, Sleep
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 […]
Also posted in Ferguson Riots, Islam, Islamic State, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Lielle Meital, Maayan Ariel, Obama Watch, PalNazis
Tagged Family Life, Family Photography, How to Stab a Jew to Death, Jewish Girl Burned by PalNazis, PalNazis
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Tweet With joy and gratitude to HaShem, Karen and I are proud to announce the birth of a grandson.
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Tagged Bris, Grandson
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 […]
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.