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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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Ninth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Tweet You are all invited to The ninth annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 3, 2012, 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: […]

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The Joy of Purim, 2012

Tweet Now, let’s step into a time machine and witness the joy of Purim in Tel Aviv, 1932:

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Veterans Day 2011

Tweet Today we honor our veterans—the living and the dead. Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families. Millions and millions of people all over the world are forever in their debt. Keep in mind that the U.S.military has freed more people on this earth from tyranny […]

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Naked Wine

Tweet Of the finer things in life, wine is the subject of which I am least qualified to write. However, my cousin Alice Feiring has authored Naked Wine, a fascinating book. And because Alice and I practically grew up together in Brooklyn, and because Alice writes a beautiful prose, and because Alice defended my film […]

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First Memorial for Jewish Chaplains

Tweet Veteran readers of Seraphic Secret probably know that my father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech, Col. Ret., proudly served as an Army Chaplain for his entire career. A member of the fabled 42nd Division AKA The Rainbow Division, my father served in World War II, the Korean War, and finally Vietnam. As a child, my father […]

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Friday Fotos: Vacation

Tweet The theme for our brief summer vacation was “Hooray for Capitalists.” William Randolph Hearst and John Paul Getty were titans of  business who built empires, gathered stupifying art collections and then built suitable structures in which to display their treasures. Hearst built the world’s first newspaper media empire. San Simeon, designed by the great […]

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And Her Name Is…

Tweet Seventh Day of Chanukah in Casa Avrech. This morning in synagogue our granddaughter was blessed with a beautiful Hebrew name. The naming ceremony is called Zeved Habat, the gift of a daughter. This custom has long been associated with Sephardic Jews, but is increasingly adopted by Ashkenazim. We thank HaShem for the miracle of […]

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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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