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Hidden Hollywood: Seven Obscure Jewish Films

What’s a Jewish film? My definition is quite simple. It is a film that deals with Jewish subject matter. Thus, Woody Allen does not make Jewish films. In truth, Hollywood movies that do deal with Judaism are quite rare. Take a look at the subject headings in Netflix. There is no category for Jewish films. […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Issur Danielovitch AKA Kirk Douglas Can’t Get a Prom Date

In the beginning of his legendary career, Kirk Douglas (1916 – ) b. Issur Danielovitch, was almost typecast as a well-meaning but ineffectual husband in two fine films, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, 1946, and A Letter to Three Wives, 1949.  But his career ascended into mega-stardom when he played cynical heroes motivated by rage: […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III

In her disarmingly modest, and revealing autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils her life in a lovely, impressionist style that is at the same time sharply focused. As Seraphic Secret wrote in […]

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The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam

Here at Seraphic Secret we pay particular attention to the use and abuse of language by the left. The left has always lied and twisted reality to conform to its utopian ideology. But Barack Obama and the leftist media have ushered in a new Orwellian age where their morally depraved rhetoric has gone mainstream. George […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Broncho Billy, Son of a Jewish Gun

In 1965, a frail old man in a wheelchair appeared in the no-budget western, The Bounty Killer. For those of us who love movies, especially westerns, this is a bittersweet moment. Because the man who invented the western movie hero makes his last appearance on the silver screen. That man was Broncho Billy Anderson. But Broncho […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Hidden Hollywood: Hebrew Hottie Risks Life for American Troops

In 1918 Theda Bara was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Leading in popularity and box office appeal was Mary Pickford. Charlie Chaplin came second. And not far behind these two giants of the silver screen, Theda Bara. She was the hottest sex symbol to hit the motion picture screen since, well, since the […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Latin Lover Ricardo Cortez is Kosher Butcher’s Son

Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977) was a handsome and talented leading man whose image, in the silent era, was that of a hot-blooded Latin lover. In truth, his name was Jacob Krantz, the son of a kosher butcher, born and raised in the mean streets of New York’s Lower East Side.

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John Wayne Casts a Giant Shadow

John Wayne’s commitment to Conservative values cemented his support of Israel. Indeed, there was a time when even Hollywood liberals supported Israel publicly, and through generous charitable contributions.  Tragically, classic liberalism is dead, replaced by a postmodern Democrat party—progressivism—that is radically left and infused with the classic Jew-hatred of Marxist-Lenninism. In Scott Eyman’s compulsively readable biography […]

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Ava Gardner’s Secret About Her Secret Jew

In 1988, Ava Gardner sat down with British author Peter Evans to write a Hollywood memoir. But Evans quickly discovered that Ava was a hopeless alcoholic who, when drunk, told juicy tinsel town tales. But when Ava sobered up, she ordered Evans not to use any of “the good” material. Ava knew where all the […]

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Hard to Find Jewish Films

This post is brought to you by Direct.tv. Fans of classic movies often have a hard time finding their favorite selections on television or in stores. While there are of course a few basic channels that will occasionally show older, classic films, tv schedules are generally aiming for the broadest possible appeal, and classic films […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 5: Answer

Florence Vidor and Ricardo Cortez in The Eagle of the Sea, 1926. The Jewish movie star is Ricardo Cortez (1899 – 1977) a handsome and talented leading man whose image, in the silent era, was sold to the public as a hot-blooded Latin lover. In truth, he was Jacob Krantz, born in Vienna, the son […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 4: Answer

The Jewish movie star is Max Aaronson, who changed his name to Gilbert Anderson, and was known to millions of early movie goers as Broncho Billy Anderson . Yup, the first cowboy hero of the motion pictures was a Jewish kid from Little Rock, Arkansas. Not one correct guess from dozens of brave attempts from […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 4

This great Jewish movie star wishes Israel a happy 60th Birthday. Who’s the Jewish movie star? Instead of posting your answer in the comments section, send your guess directly to robert.avrech@gmail.com. Good luck. Answer on Sunday. Karen and I wish all our friends a wonderful miracle in Shabbat . Here’s a photo from the editing […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 3: Answer

Early studio portrait. The Jewish movie star is Sylvia Sydney. Real name Sophia Kosow, 1910 – 1999. As I suspected, the privacy of e-mailing answers resulted in greater participation. Mazal Tov to all those who guessed correctly. First in were movie-maven sisters: Buttercup and Tamster, who are three for three in our “Who’s the Jewish […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 3

Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? She starred opposite such great actors as Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Fredric March, George Raft and Cary Grant. Instead of posting your answer in the comments section, send your guess directly to robert.avrech@gmail.com. Good luck. Answer on Sunday. Karen and I wish all our friends a wonderful miracle […]

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 2: Answer

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 2

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Who’s Jewish Movie Star? Take 1: Answer

Lilyan Tashman 1899-1934. Congratulations to Tamster for guessing correctly.We will be blogging about this talented and unique Hollywood star in the near future.

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Who’s the Jewish Movie Star? Take 1

This Jewish movie star wishes you all a lovely and meaningful Rest in Shabbat. Can you identify the Hollywood star? She was born into an Orthodox family from Brooklyn. After working as a teen-age model she was featured in the Ziegfled Follies. Soon, Hollywood came calling and she was offered a series of feature roles. […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

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    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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