Category Archives: Family

How I Married Karen Thirty-Eight Years Ago Today

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 […]

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Larry Elder: The New Black Anti-Semitism, Video

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.

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Friday Photos: There Ought To Be a Law


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Larry Elder Lecture Huge Success

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, […]

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Friday Photos: The Image is the Message

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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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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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: "The New Black Anti-Semitism"

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    MP3 Audio Mono (50 MB) | Stereo (100 MB)
    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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