Video: Daniel Greenfield Delivers the 2017 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

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 politics and events, we will learn that fighting anti-Semitism and defending Israel doesn’t require changing our opponents, but changing how we see the world and ourselves.

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Hidden Hollywood: Colleen Moore’s Not So Romantic Wedding Night

Colleen Moore in “Flaming Youth,” 1923.

Flaming Youth was a huge hit and propelled Colleen Moore (1899 – 1988) to international stardom.

Colleen was smart about her career, carefully choosing her roles and propelling herself to stardom. However, like so many young, inexperienced Hollywood actresses, she was not wise in her choice of men. Her notions of love were gauzy images based on idealized Hollywood narratives. The importance of shared values, religious belief, and common goals, rarely entered the calculus of love and marriage.

In 1923, Moore, 22, married John Emmett McCormick, 29, a clever but highly unstable studio executive who was obsessed with Moore’s image and career.

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Daniel Greenfield Delivers a Brilliant Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Daniel Greenfield with his wife Elana at the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture.

Yesterday — on Sunday, June 11 — Daniel Greenfield drew the largest audience we have ever had for our son Ariel’s memorial lecture.

This was a special event because it drew people who had never attended any of our lectures before. Among those who attended were bloggers Bookworm Room, who flew down from deep-blue Marin County; Rob Miller of JoshuaPundit; and Mark Tapson of Truth Revolt. Karen and I were also delighted to meet Kyle Kyllan, producer of The Enemies Within.

(Update: Bookworm Room blogs beautifully, of course, about the lecture here.)

Daniel’s lecture was a sobering yet inspiring 45 minutes. Although it will be posted here at Seraphic Secret and on YouTube in about ten days, I would like to provide a summary.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

James Stewart and Kim Novak taking a break during the filming of Vertigo, 1958.
“The last time she saw Stewart was when they bumped into each other at an airport [he died in 1997]. “I said, ‘Jimmy, I wish we could do a movie together.’ And he said, ‘I can’t be a leading man anymore. I don’t want to make movies anymore.’ He’d been away from movies for a while. He said, ‘You know, I walk out my back yard and I can’t remember sometimes why I walk out there.’ I said, ‘I understand that, it happens.’ He said, ‘Yep. Happens. [Pause.] Sure is good seeing you again.’ And I said, ‘You too, Jimmy.’ And gave him a hug.” — Kim Novak, The Telegraph [UK], 2014

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Daniel Greenfield: Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture This Coming Sunday

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to the Fourteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place this coming Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

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Breaking Up With Mr. Islam

Daniel Greenfield will be speaking on “Defending Israel and Fighting Anti-Semitism” in Los Angeles at the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture on Sun, Jun 11 at 10 AM at the YULA Girls High School Auditorium, 1619 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035.

This is his latest article:

Islam is peaceful. Just ask Rafiqi Islam, a loving husband, who told his wife that he had a present for her, blindfolded her to make it a surprise and then cut off her fingers. Then the rest of the Islam family mopped up the blood, while Mr. Islam threw her fingers into the trash, and after a few hours took her to the hospital where they warned her to tell the doctors that she had an accident.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I don’t know why the public took a liking to me so fast. Popularity is a curious thing. The public responds to a dimple, a smile, a giggle, a hairstyle, an attitude. Acting talent has less to do with it than personality.”
—Irene Dunne

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Hollywood Joins the Coup

Over the years Seraphic Secret has pointed out that Hollywood is the greatest machinery of propaganda the world has ever known. If you doubt the veracity of this claim just keep in mind that America only wins wars when Hollywood produces films and TV shows that support the war.

There was a time when the Hollywood establishment was deeply patriotic, when Hollywood expressed a love of America in movies and TV. But all that changed with the war in Vietnam. Hollywood turned hard left and produced propaganda that portrayed America as a corrupt, racist, imperial beast.

Hollywood is now deeply engaged in the slow motion coup the Democrat party is engineering against President Trump.

When you hear people say that Hollywood is all about profit, don’t believe them. Frequently, Hollywood is just as much about leftist propaganda.

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Memorial Day Weekend, 2017

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech, 42nd Div. U.S. Army, Colonel, Ret., conducts services during the Korean War.

My father, Chaplain Rabbi Abraham Avrech, z’l  (1919-2014) U.S. Army, 42nd Div., Colonel, Ret., conducts services during the Korean War.

On Memorial Day, we remember all the members of our armed services who paid the ultimate price in service to this great country.

Our eternal gratitude.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled, “She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational!”
—Ava Gardner
Photo by Norman Parkinson, 1953

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But It’s Okay to Slaughter Jewish Children

A few of the Israel children slaughtered by IslamoNazis.

And now the Manchester atrocity.

Another IslamoNazi terrorist attack in which lives are snuffed out and the injured are burnt, blinded, deafened, crushed and absent limbs, condemned to a life of psychological and physical agony.

Observe the kabuki theater of solidarity, candles, flowers and shrines of stuffed toys. Listen to the boiler plate expressions of outrage as  they wash over the media with numbing mindlessness and, ultimately, meaninglessness.

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The Reunification of Jerusalem, 1967

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, here’s a short film that tells the story of Israel’s 1967 battle to rescue Jerusalem from Jordanian assault, and the ensuing reunification of Jerusalem.

My father  z’l, said to me, “This is a miracle.”

He was right.

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Reset: One Sentence Never Before Heard in the Muslim World

President Trump at the Kotel.

Barack Obama spent eight years enabling Iran through a nuclear deal which guarantees them a nuclear device within 10-15 years, and by showering them with money, several million in hard cash — money laundering, anyone? For this America has earned the well-deserved contempt of not just Iran, but Israel and the Sunni states.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“She was an absolute genius as a comedic actress, with an extraordinary sense for comedic dialogue. It was a God-given gift. Believe me, in the last fifteen years there were ten projects that came to me, and I’d start working on them and I’d think, ‘It’s not going to work, it needs Marilyn Monroe.’ Nobody else is in that orbit; everyone else is earthbound by comparison.”
—Billy Wilder

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Never Underestimate Barbarians

Massacre of the Prisoners of the Jewish Tribe of Beni Qurayzah, illustration of a 19th-century text by Muhammad Rafi Bazil.

Howard Bloom, a brilliant author whose ideas about geopolitics should be absorbed by those who cherish Western Civilization, authored the 1997 book, The Lucifer Principle, where he introduced a new concept in geopolitical science: “the pecking order of nations.”

The following is an excerpt from the second part of an interview with Bloom, published here last November by the invaluable Gatestone Institute.

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The War of Two Americas by Daniel Greenfield

The Avrech family is proud to announce that Daniel Greenfield, our next speaker for the Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, is the author of a timely new pamphlet that crystallizes the country’s current political divisions and the battle for the ideological soul of America.

Here is the introduction to “The War of Two Americas.”

America is in the middle of a civil war.

It’s not just a struggle between political parties. It’s a clash of political civilizations. The totalitarian left has rejected the outcome of two presidential elections and our entire system of government. It doesn’t believe that sanctuary states and cities have to obey the law.

But it demands that we obey its will. And if we don’t, its thugs will audit us, boycott us and beat us.

It has spied on President Trump and lied about him. It has used every agency of the government, from the IRS to the EPA, to punish its enemies and enforce its radical agenda.

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This Latest Trump-Russia Leak Smells Like a Political Coup

Yesterday, Seraphic Secret wrote that President Trump is the target of of liberal blood libels. For the obtuse, this is a metaphor. The Blood Libel was born as a medieval Christian charge that Jews killed Christian children in order to extract their blood for the baking of Passover Matzo. This grotesque narrative was used to justify Jew-hatred, forced conversion, rape, torture, the wholesale slaughter of Jews, and of course the theft of their property.

The Trump blood libels are the endless stream of stories about President Trump that are designed to prove that he is unfit for office, that he is a traitor, that his election is illegitimate because somehow he colluded with the Russians in the American ballot box. These stories are designed to engineer the President’s impeachment.

My good friend Jake Novak, NBC.com senior columnist, takes my idea one step further and writes that this latest Russian blood libel against President trump is part of a political coup by the Democrat party.

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President Trump and the Liberal Blood Libel

The Blood Libel is alive and well in the Arab Muslim world, and now it is being revised for the postmodern Democrat party.

Last week I wrote that President Trump has become a Jew. In short, he is reviled not for what he has done as President of the United States, but for his very existence.

The overbred, overeducated elites have taken a page from the Jew-Hating Palestinian playbook and applied it to President Trump. No matter what he says, no matter what he does, it is proof positive that he is evil, that he is illegitimate, that he must be destroyed in order to bring about justice and world peace.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Fortunately, before I was due to make a final commitment to the Actor’s Studio, I was invited to sit and watch eight classes there. As I studied Lee Strasberg and his approach to his hapless students, I was appalled. One student was instructed by Strasberg to pretend to be a dog and lick the floor beneath his paws. He complied… I quickly concluded that the Actor’s Studio approach was not for me. I much preferred the Bette Davis school of acting. She was kept waiting one day to do her scene at the Studio while another actor interminably discussed his motivations for taking off his shoe, his mood, his emotions. In the end, an exasperated Bette burst out, “Just drop it on the floor. It’s only a goddamn shoe!”
—Shirley Jones, A Memoir

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Daniel Greenfield to Deliver 2017 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to the Fourteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

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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.”

    Blog Post
    MP3 Audio Stereo (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016
    Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post
    MP3 Audio Stereo (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post
    MP3 Audio Mono (50 MB) | Stereo (100 MB)
    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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