Category Archives: Judaism

The Jews Are a Peculiar People

Tweet Whenever I have lunch with my close friend Carl (not his real name), a conservative Republican, a Jew, and a successful businessman, our conversation ranges over a wide spectrum of topics and ideas. Carl is one of the smartest people I know. He’s also a good man, quietly charitable and sincere, and possessed of […]

Also posted in Daf Yomi, Eric Hoffer, John Dalberg-Acton, Quotes, Six Day War, Torah, Zionism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

How to Kill a Terrorist

Tweet Warning: This video is graphic and disturbing. Oct 13, 2015: An IslamoNazi terrorist crashes into Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem with his car and then uses a meat cleaver to hack at the wounded. A few seconds later an Israeli civilian, armed with a pistol, confronts the Arab terrorist, shoots and neutralizes him. J Post […]

Also posted in Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jihad Watch | Tagged , | 16 Responses

Sukkot, The Past is Never Past

Tweet As Jews all over the world make last minute preparations for the holiday of Sukkot, here are a few wonderful pictures of Jews celebrating this joyous holiday in Israel (and Samarkand), a reminder that Torah Judaism is eternal. All photos are from The Library of Congress. You will dwell in booths for seven days; […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions


Also posted in Anna May Wong, Friday Fotos, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jewish Holidays, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Succos, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Responses

Repentance and Liberty

Tweet by Karen Singer Avrech This past Shabbat our rabbi delivered the traditional Shabbat T’shuvah drasha, (homily). His essential message was that Modern Orthodoxy is doomed unless the importance of traditional halacha (jurisprudence)  is understood and respected. Recent trends have favored “dynamism” and “innovation” to match the times, but have neglected the legalistic principles that […]

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Yom Kippur 2015

Tweet …In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD. —Leviticus 16:29-30

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Seraphic Secret In the Land of Israel, Part I


Also posted in Family, Israel, Jerusalem, Photography, Photography, Signs, Seraphic Secret, Terrorism, Zionism | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions


Also posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Leonardo da Vinci, Marlene Dietrich, Marriage, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Rita Hayworth, Star Ads, True Hollywood Confessions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

A Poignant Evening With Jews Fleeing France

Tweet Last Shabbat, my wife Karen was out of town. Close friends, unwilling to let yours truly endure a Shabbat dinner alone, invited me for the Friday night meal. Also present was a family from Los Angeles: a physician, his mother and his two daughters. The physician, Dr. M., was born on the Tunisian island […]

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The Coming Religious Purges

Tweet   Now that SCOTUS has endorsed same-sex marriage as a human right and enshrined it as federal law, those individuals and communities of traditional faith will see their religious freedom curtailed in a series of multi-pronged assaults. It is vital to understand that the left is not really interested in marriage equality; they are […]

Also posted in Bible, Big Government, Christianity, Gay Marriage, Homo Fascism, SCOTUS, Sharia | Tagged , , , | 28 Responses

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 […]

Also posted in Abraham Avrech, Anna May Wong, Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, Art, Family, Friday Fotos, Gene Tierney, Glamour, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Fontaine, John Wayne, Painting, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Responses

Friday Photos: Democrat Privilege

Tweet Pop quiz: Why isn’t the Justice Department investigating the Clinton money laundering operation? Any other so-called charity would be under multiple federal and state indictments. Hillary Clinton had her own private server when she was Secretary of State. This is indefensible. She destroyed 30,000 emails? Does anyone believe that all these emails were about […]

Also posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

Kuwaiti Muslim Discovers He’s a Jew

Tweet Hillary and Bill Clinton run a money laundering operation disguised as a charity. Any good that’s done by the Clinton Foundation is purely accidental. Obama’s surrender of Iraq to the IslamoNazis of Islamic State make him and the Democrat party enablers of mass murder, rape, torture, plunder, and a refugee crisis not seen since […]

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Jerusalem: 4000 Years of Jewish History

Tweet   Yesterday was Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, in which the unification of the city in 1967 is celebrated. Take a look at the history of  Jerusalem in this brief video. Empires rise and fall but the Jewish people continue to return to the promised land, and to their holy city.

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Friday Photos: In Every Generation

Tweet On Passover, Jews around the world recite a passage from the Haggadah that strikes a note both poignant and defiant. In every generation they [our enemies] rise up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One Blessed Be He saves us from their hands. But Judaism does not place faith in faith alone. […]

Also posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Iran, Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jean Harlow, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jewish Holidays, Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Passover, Susan Hayward | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Responses

Friday Photos: Passover, Time to Remember the Future

Tweet Jewish holidays do not simply recall the past. Jewish holidays are cautionary tales for all time. They remind us that Jewish history repeats itself with terrible constancy. The Jewish people introduced ethical monotheism to the world — and for this gift the world has never forgiven us. Thus, we are despised and demonized.

Also posted in Ariel Sharon, Art, Edward Hopper, Friday Fotos, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Cars, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Iran, Israel, Obama Watch, Passover | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

Friday Photos: Announcing a New Jewish Holiday Edition

Tweet Jewish humor is filled with self-deprecating observations. We poke fun at our peculiar foibles, and frequently address our greatest anxieties — intermarriage, Jew-hatred, weight-gain — with a take-no-prisoners attitude. If you want to know how Jews are really feeling about something or someone, pay attention to the jokes Jews tell each other. A few […]

Also posted in Abraham Avrech, Art, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jewish Holidays, Marilyn Monroe, Obama Watch, Painting, Passover, Photography, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Responses

Magda Goebbels: Downfall Beyond Imagination

Tweet Over the past few years, YouTube viewers are regularly entertained by a short portion of the German movie Downfall (’04). Using a single clip from the film, these ubiquitous and frequently clever shorts show Hitler ranting at his generals as Russian troops encircle Berlin and seek out the bunker. The thousand year Reich has lasted […]

Also posted in History, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Responses

Purim: The Non-Progressive Jewish Holiday

Tweet Today is the holiday of Purim. And it is no accident that Benjamin Netanyahu referenced this Jewish holiday when delivering his powerful and historic address to the U.S. Senate the other day. It’s an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but agnonizingly familiar story: A Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish […]

Also posted in Gun Control, Iran, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jewish Holidays, Purim, Second Amendment | Tagged , , , , | 13 Responses

Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech, First Yahrzeit

Tweet My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014, which in the Jewish calendar translates into the 13th of Adar. Thus, this is the first Yahrzeit, memorial, without my father’s physical presence in this world. My father was 94 years old. He is gone, but he is certainly not forgotten. During […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
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    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: "The New Black Anti-Semitism"

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    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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