Category Archives: Judaism

Jews and Guns

Tweet Before our son Ariel Chaim ZT”L passed away in 2003 at the age of twenty-two, he and I spent a good deal of time discussing the Second Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Ariel was amazed that so many American Jews–overwhelmingly liberal and secular–aligned themselves with the advocates of gun control, in reality a […]

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Justice, Torah, and the Minimum Wage

Tweet A few weeks ago I introduced Seraphic Secret readers to my close friend Curt Biren through his astute article about how the Jewish left perverts the true meaning of Tikkun Olam. Now, Curt has written another fine and timely article for the Acton Institute about the entwined issues of justice and the minimum wage, […]

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Discovered in Israel: Floor Tiles From Second Temple

Tweet Via: Times of Israel Hundreds of lavish stone floor tiles believed to have decorated the Second Temple in Jerusalem have been identified in rubble removed from the Temple Mount, archaeologists announced Tuesday. The bits and pieces of 2,000-year-old marble flooring were found in fill removed from the contested holy site in the late 1990s […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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The Jewish Left Lies About Tikkun Olam

Tweet 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. […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Rudolph Valentino and the Rabbi’s Beautiful Daughter

Tweet The great pioneering director D.W. Griffith hired Rabbi Isadore Myers as the Jewish technical consultant on his great epic, Intolerance, 1916. Griffith was so happy with Rabbi Myer’s expert advice and attention to detail that he said to the good Rabbi: “How can I ever repay you?” Replied Rabbi Myers: “I have a daughter who […]

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Political Ideology in the Garden of Eden

Tweet by Karen Singer Avrech, Ph.D In Ameritopia, author Mark Levin points out that Leftist-Progressive ideology strives to create a utopian society. But utopia, Levin asserts, is incompatible with the ideals of individual liberty as formulated by the American Constitution. The schism between the goal of achieving a so-called perfect society where everyone receives an […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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

Tweet 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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Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, z’l, 10th Yahrzeit

Tweet Today is the yahrzeit [anniversary] of the death of Karen’s beloved father, Rabbi Philip Harris Singer, Pinchas Zvi. This is the speech our son-in-law delivered on 6/23/16 at the brit milah [circumcision ceremony] for our grandson who was named for Karen’s distinguished father. Our son is named after Aliza’s maternal grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, A”H. […]

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The Story of Ruth Reenacted 100 Years Ago in Israel

Tweet The Jewish holiday of Shavuot,  Pentecost, begins this coming Saturday night.  The holiday has several traditional names: Shavuot, the festival of weeks, marking seven weeks after Passover; Chag HaKatzir, the festival of reaping grains, and Chag HaBikkurim, the festival of first fruits.  Shavuot, according to Jewish tradition, is the day the Children of Israel accepted the Torah […]

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Rare Cache of Silver Coins Dating to the Hasmonean Period Discovered in Modi‘in

Tweet   A hoard of silver coins dating to the Hasmonean period (126 BCE) was exposed in April in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting near Modi‘in, [Modi’in is located 22 miles southeast of Tel Aviv and 19 miles west of Jerusalem] with the participation of local youth. The excavation is being carried out […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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And Then There Was Trump

Tweet When there were seventeen Republicans running to carry the GOPs standard against the Democrats, I supported Carly Fiorino. When Carly suspended her campaign, I shifted to Marco Rubio. When Rubio lost his home state of Florida and dropped out of the race, I supported Ted Cruz. People kept asking me, what happens if Trump […]

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Male in Female Bathrooms, Modesty Anyone?

Tweet It’s happening with astonishing speed. The radical left has moved from the redefinition of marriage to the nullification of gender. If you feel that you are a woman, then justice demands that you and your penis have the right to use the women’s restroom. Those who disagree are labeled bigots. Giant corporations buckle under […]

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The Jewish Story is Under Assault

Tweet Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that Yossi Klein Halevi and I went to yeshiva high school together. At the time, Yossi was active in Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Jewish Defense League. Yours truly was sort of terrified of the JDL guys who used to hang out by the lockers and […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions, Passover Edition

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Purim: The Deeply Anti-Progressive Jewish Holiday

Tweet Today is the holiday of Purim. And it is no accident that Benjamin Netanyahu referenced Purim when delivering a powerful address to the U.S. Senate in an unsuccessful bid to curb Obama’s legitimization of a nuclear Iran. Purim is an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but agnonizingly familiar story: A Jew-hater named Haman hatches […]

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Hillary Clinton at AIPAC, It’s Behavior, Stupid

Tweet Whenever I discuss Judaism, I frequently define the corpus of Jewish ritual, law and thought as a behaviorist religion. Normative Orthodox Judaism does not involve itself in theological or philosophical discussions. When we learn Torah (the Written Law) and Talmud (the Oral Law), G-d is a given. The 613 mitzvot — prescriptive commandments and […]

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    Ben Shapiro: "How You Can Save Israel"

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    Larry Elder: "The New Black Anti-Semitism"

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    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
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    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
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    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
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