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How to Respond to the Sutherland Springs Massacre

Tweet So far, the dead in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs massacre number 26, with 20 wounded. This atrocity will, no doubt, devolve into a debate about gun control. Democrats will label the NRA evil, and the Republicans who support the Second Amendment as a bunch of knuckle draggers. Never mind that it […]

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Evil on the Vegas Strip

Tweet And so here we are. Again. The Las Vegas massacre is not, as the media habitually labels such incidents, a tragedy. This is an atrocity.

Also posted in America, Hillary Clinton, ISIS, IslamoNazis, Judaism, Las Vegas Massacre, Screenwriting, Second Amendment, Sol Teichman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

Video: Daniel Greenfield Delivers the 2017 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Tweet Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS Why does pro-Israel activism continue to be an uphill battle despite the enormous resources dedicated to it? Are we losing the war against anti-Semitism or are we failing to fight it? In a talk that applies the lessons of biblical Jewish history to current […]

Also posted in Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, Ariel Chaim Avrech, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jews & Guns, Judaism, Remembering Ariel | Tagged | 4 Responses

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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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. […]

Also posted in Daf Yomi, Jewish Hollywood, Judaism, Talmud, Tikkun Olam | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Responses

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. […]

Also posted in Brit Milah, Family, Judaism, Rabbi Pinchas Zvi Singer, Yahrtzeit | Tagged , , , , | 8 Responses

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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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, Judaism, Quotes, Six Day War, Zionism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

9-11: 13 Years Later, Never Forgive, Never Forget

Tweet The Torah teaches that we should forever remember what Amalek did to the children of Israel in the desert. Furthermore, the Torah commands us to wipe this evil off the face of the earth. Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, how he attacked you on […]

Also posted in 9-11, ISIS, Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jihad Watch, Obama Watch, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Responses

Forum: How Would You Explain The Persistence Of Anti-Semitism?

Tweet Every Monday morning, my friend Rob Miller, author of the splendid JoshuaPundit blog, sends out a compelling question to invited guests. This week’s question: How Would You Explain The Persistence Of Anti-Semitism? Probably because I’m a screenwriter, I favor simple (and brief) narratives that ordinarily invite tortuous explanations. Here is my answer:

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From Somalia to Brandeis, The Road of Liberal Fascism

Tweet And if your son asks you in the future, saying, What are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, that the L-RD our G-d commanded you? You will say to your son, We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt; and the L-RD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The L-RD […]

Also posted in Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Honor Killings, Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jihad Watch, Judaism, Passover, Politics, Sharia, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

First, Progressives Ban Circumcision…

Tweet Study Jewish history and you will immediately recognize three narratives used by Jew-haters to delegitimize Judaism—all in the name of tolerance and humanity. Brit milah, circumcision Shehitah, or ritual slaughter of animals for food Torah study The commandment of circumcision—brit milah—is found in Genesis 17:10-14 and Leviticus 12:3. And since Abraham, brit milah—Judaism’s sign […]

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The Story of the Jews

Tweet Even on the eve of destruction, Jews took to heart a verse from the Torah (Deut 30:19) “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse, therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.” This is the story of how Jews lived amidst Muslims and Christians, and how they tried […]

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Hollywood on Hollywood

Tweet Labor Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on work, our jobs, present and past. Good jobs, bad jobs, we’ve all had our share of both. Work should set you free. Honest labor puts money in your pocket which allows you to spend that money as you see fit. Ideally, work infuses the individual […]

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Israel Makes a Free-Market Move

Tweet Over the years, Seraphic Secret has made many friends through cyberspace. One of the earliest readers and commenters at this blog was Jake Novak, an intellectually curious and honest liberal. Convinced over time by our Conservative arguments, he has evolved into a passionate and articulate spokesman for Conservative values. Now an executive producer of […]

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Political Ideology in the Garden of Eden

Tweet by Karen Singer Avrech, Ph.D. I recently heard Mark R. Levin discuss his upcoming book, Ameritopia. He pointed out that progressive-liberal ideology strives to create a utopian society. But utopia, he emphasized, is incompatible with the ideals of individual liberty as formulated by our Constitution. It occurred to me that the schism between the […]

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Rabbi Hillel on One Leg, Me Too

Tweet The great Jewish sage, Rabbi Hillel, lived in the land of Israel in the first century BCE. The Talmud, Shabbat 31a, relates the following story: A prospective convert to Judaism asked Hillel to teach him the entire Torah while he stood on one leg. Hillel replied: “That which is hateful unto you do not […]

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Purim 2008

Tweet The Malbim on Megillat Esther, translated and adapted by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach. This was one of Ariel’s ZT’L favorite commentaries. It is, dare I say it, a real page-turner. Mordechai’s letter detailed the motivations of Haman. It was not hatred towards him personally that sparked him but the ancient hatred of his Amelekite forebears […]

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The Death of Education and Torah at Hebrew Union College

Tweet Seraphic Secret has many friends in many corners of the religious world. We have formed close friendships with Christians of numerous denominations. We have also developed warm relationships with Jews who are active members of the Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Several of these friends are deeply concerned with the radical leftists agendas […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City

    Fourteenth: June 11, 2016
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016
    Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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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.”

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    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.”

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    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

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    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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