Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

On life in Hollywood during the silent era: “The lifestyle was very bizarre and wild. I remember thinking nothing of having liquor all around. We all learned to smoke. No one told us it was bad for us. We had parties that would last from morning through night and then we’d go on to another house and end up in a house with somebody we didn’t even know. Yet, in a way, it was an innocent time.” —Madge Bellamy

On life in Hollywood during the Roaring 20s: “The lifestyle was very bizarre and wild. I remember thinking nothing of having liquor all around. We all learned to smoke. No one told us it was bad for us. We had parties that would last from morning through night and then we’d go on to another house and end up in a house with somebody we didn’t even know. Yet, in a way, it was an innocent time.”
Madge Bellamy

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Jew Without a Gun

Because of the Orlando massacre, I am republishing my three-part series about the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 in which Karen and I and the children were trapped for several frightening hours. We were unarmed, helpless save for our wits. The police were conspicuously absent and the bad guys—frequently armed with heavy weapons—owned the streets.

It was a defining moment in my life.

I’m reposting this series as a cautionary tale because when IslamoNazis go on murderous rampages the left invariably blames the actions of evil men on hunks of steel, piously calling for ever more gun laws. The ultimate aim, of course, is to disarm law-abiding American citizens through mass gun confiscations.

If the Democrat party’s vision is fulfilled all of America will become like those defenseless men and women in Pulse: Gays without guns.

 

Los Angeles burns, 1992.

Part One

Hollywood is Burning

Hollywood is on fire.

Karen and I lock every door in the house, shut tight the windows. We move through the house switching off all the lights.

Gazing from our bedroom window we watch orange flames lick at the darkness, pillars of black smoke climb into the sky. We can actually smell the acrid odor of burning rubber.

“Look how close they are,” says Karen.

“Just past La Cienega. Maybe eight blocks away.”

Karen gives me a long penetrating gaze:

“What do we do if they come here?”

My mind is racing away. The truth is we are defenseless. Unless I get crazy inventive like Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs.

“After this is all over,” I vow, “I’m going to buy a pistol.”

Karen says: “How about a shotgun?”

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It’s IslamoNazi Ideology, Stupid

ISIS IslamoNazis murder a gay man by throwing him off a roof.

ISIS IslamoNazis murder a gay man by throwing him off a roof.

I heard about the Orando massacre in synagogue during the holiday of Shavuot. A friend said: “You watch, they’ll blame it on Israel.”

I said: “They’ll blame it on guns.”

Which is exactly what Obama did in his clueless statement about the slaughter. According to the religion of leftism, a gun walked into a gay club and opened fire. Apparently, the gun also yelled “Allahu Akhbar.”

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Yes, I was correctly quoted in saying I introduced sex into films in the 20’s, but it was sex in good taste and left a great deal to one’s imagination.” —Pola Negri

“Yes, I was correctly quoted in saying I introduced sex into films in the 20’s, but it was sex in good taste and left a great deal to one’s imagination.”
—Pola Negri

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The Story of Ruth Reenacted 100 Years Ago in Israel

Photo portrait of "Ruth the Moabitess" (Library of Congress)

Ruth, as enacted by a member of the American Colony in Israel 100 years ago.

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 at Mt. Sinai.  It is also believed to be the day of King David’s birth and death.

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

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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 prior to the construction of a new neighborhood, at the initiative of the Modi‘in-Maccabim-Re‘ut municipality. The treasure was hidden in a rock crevice, up against a wall of an impressive agricultural estate that was discovered during the excavation there.

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Revenge of the Hollywood Millennials

Ann Hathaway clings to a father figure, Robert De Niro, in The Intern.

Anne Hathaway clings to father figure Robert De Niro, The Intern.

My friend Jake Novak writes exclusively for Seraphic Secret about an emerging trend in Hollywood: storylines that feature the crushing disappointment Millennials feel in their permissive Baby Boomer parents. 

We all know the conventional wisdom about Hollywood and morality. The TV and movie business is filled with libertines and anti-family radicals who want to destroy the civil society with subtle and not-so-subtle messages.

That impression is mostly correct.

However, as much as Hollywood wants to play on the left wing political and cultural team, it also wants to make money and produce superior movies and TV. For all its faults, the American entertainment industry is still the best source of screenwriting, special effects, and everything else that translates into movie magic.

And that’s why when something new is percolating in American culture, especially if it’s something affecting the key entertainment target demographic aged 18-35 years old, talented Hollywood writer/directors will notice and find a way to portray it onscreen… at least that’s what the generous optimist in me says.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.” ― Marilyn Monroe

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”
― Marilyn Monroe

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The Wrong Side of History is Right

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The Obama administration specializes in Orwellian Newspeak. As a true disciple of Communist agitator Saul Alinsky, Obama uses and abuses language to achieve social control over the American people.

As Orwell said, “He who controls language controls thought.”

Also an Alinskyite, Hillary Clinton exchanged letters with the Communist agitator, and in 1969, wrote an admiring 92-page senior thesis for Wellesley College titled “There Is Only the Fight, An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”

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Live, Ben Shapiro: Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture, How You Can Save Israel

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Memorial Day 2016

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

“The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was being born a woman.” —Marilyn Monroe

“The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was being born a woman.”
—Marilyn Monroe

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Trump Rescues William Tecumseh Sherman

Augustus Saint-Gauden's statue of General Sherman in central Park after the restoration. The monument was installed in 1903.

Augustus Saint-Gauden’s statue of General Sherman in Central Park after the restoration. The monument was installed in 1903.

The New York Times just did a hatchet job about Trump and women which ended up making the NY Times look far worse than Trump. The Washington Post hired 20 extra reporters to investigate Trump — just as they did not do when Barack Obama was the Democrat nominee.

I recently came across a story the New York Times and Washington Post will never publish. It’s about about Donald Trump and the monument to William Tecumseh Sherman that is, if not hugely revealing of Trump’s character, at least worthy of attention and reflection.

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Prager U: Who’s More Pro-Choice Europe or America?

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Are abortion laws more conservative in America or in Western Europe? Would a pregnant woman seeking an abortion have an easier time getting one in Texas or in…Germany? The answers, as talk show host Elisha Krauss explains, may just change how you think about America’s abortion laws.

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Ben Shapiro Dazzles at Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Featuring Ben Shapiro
Photo by: Steve Cohn
www.stevecohnphotography.com
(310) 277-2054
© 2016 Steve Cohn Photography

Yesterday, Sunday May 22, 2016 was the Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture featuring Ben Shapiro. His topic, “How You Can Save Israel.”

Because the left is an intolerant fascist movement that uses violence and intimidation to further their Jew-hating program we kept the location of the event a secret, except for those who were invited.

In spite of the secrecy, this was our biggest event so far. Over 200 people attended.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else.” —Dolores del Rio

“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else.”
—Dolores Del Rio

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Ben Shapiro to Deliver Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Sunday May 22, 2016

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 Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place this coming Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to announce that our friend Ben Shapiro will deliver this year’s lecture, “How You Can Save Israel.”

Because of security concerns—liberals are an intolerant, violent bunch—we are not publicizing the location of the lecture. But if you write to me at robert.avrech@gmail.com I will give you the address.

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From Ben Casey to ObamaToilet

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The opening credits to the Ben Casey TV series (1961-1966) were the only opening credits that my friends and I noticed and talked about. We were tweener Yeshiva students, enthusiastically devouring the fruits of popular culture even as were were steeped in Torah. We didn’t analyze our response to the Ben Casey credits. Our reaction was visceral. But the lifecycle so elegantly laid out on a classroom chalk board carried a powerful message that was simple but not simplistic. We understood that man, woman, birth, death, infinity, reflected the truth of the world.

The Ben Casey credits would never make it to network or cable TV now. It would be labeled hate speech.

Indeed, we have come to a point in American culture where the Democrat party self-righteously propagandizes against normative behavior in favor of tragic sexual deviancies.

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Prager U: What ISIS Wants

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ISIS has conquered territory across the Middle East and northern Africa. It has terrorized its occupied cities, sown terror across Europe, and spread its ideology around the world. But what does ISIS want? What does it believe? Where did it come from? And can it be stopped? Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Suddenly, the platform tipped, wobbled, bounced, and flipped upside down. All I remember is the start of the fall and seeing the floor coming toward me. Whatever else I know of the incident is what people have told me. Unconscious, I was sprawled out under the fabric of my yellow chiffon dress, lying face down, crumpled and broken. A pool of blood formed under my head and flowed onto the stage.” —Ann-Margret, My Story, 1994. On September 10th, 1972 while performing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Ann-Margret plummeted 22 feet from a raised platform to the stage below, breaking her left arm and completely shattering the left side of her face (her cheek, jaw, and brow bones were in little tiny pieces). Her devoted husband Roger Smith stole an airplane in Los Angles, flew to Lake Tahoe, and transported an unconscious Ann back to L.A. where she was treated by doctors. After extensive reconstructive surgery which required fusing the bones on the left side of her face back together and wiring her jaw shut, Ann posed for this photo in her bedroom reading the get well wishes she received from friends and fans. Through sheer force of will, Ann returned to the stage ten weeks later. Her beloved father was dying of cancer, and she wanted him to know she was okay.

“Suddenly, the platform tipped, wobbled, bounced, and flipped upside down. All I remember is the start of the fall and seeing the floor coming toward me. Whatever else I know of the incident is what people have told me. Unconscious, I was sprawled out under the fabric of my yellow chiffon dress, lying face down, crumpled and broken. A pool of blood formed under my head and flowed onto the stage.” —Ann-Margret, My Story, 1994.
On September 10th, 1972 while performing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Ann-Margret fell 22 feet from a raised platform to the stage below. She broke her left arm and shattered the left side of her face. Her cheek, jaw, and brow bones were fractured into little pieces. Her husband, Roger Smith, flew from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe, and transported an unconscious Ann back to Los Angles. After extensive reconstructive surgery which required fusing the bones on the left side of her face and wiring her jaw shut, Ann posed for this photo in her bedroom reading the mail she received from friends and fans. A true professional, Ann-Margret returned to the stage ten weeks later.

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    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." 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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