The El Ghriba Synagogue on the Island of Djerba, Tunisia.
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 of Djerba, but his family immigrated to France in the 1960s because of Arab Muslim persecution of Jews.
Posted in Family, France, Friends, Judaism, Shabbos, Tunisia
Tagged Djerba, El Ghriba Synagogue, France, Jews Who Are Forced to Emigrate, Shabbat, Tunisia
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 playing a game of bait and switch. The objective of the radical left/Democrat Party is to subvert the traditional family and erase gender boundaries.
Posted in Bible, Big Government, Christianity, Gay Marriage, Homo Fascism, Judaism, SCOTUS, Sharia
Tagged Cultural Hegemony, Gay Marriage, Religious Persecution, SCOTUS
Michael Caine and Stanley Baker in Zulu.
We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.
10. Zulu, 1964
The true—well, sorta—story of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, 1879, South Africa, where ninety British soldiers fought against several thousand Zulu warriors.
At one point a young bugler, lips trembling, asks the tough Sergeant: “Why? Why?” And the Sergeant, stiff-upper lip, as the British used to be, replies, “Because we’re here, lad.”
Posted in Greatest Movies of the 1960s, Hollywood, Movies, Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s, Zulu
Tagged Cy Endfield, John Barry, John Prebble, Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Ulla Jacobson, Zulu
New Jersey born historian Michael B. Oren was a Zionist inspired-teenager, who, in 1970, when shaking hands with the Israeli Ambassador Yitzchak Rabin, promised himself that someday he would be Israel’s ambassador to the United States.
Like a great many American dreamers, Oren’s ambition was realized — sort of.
Oren was Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., 2009-2013, during Barack Obama’s first term. But the American administration under Obama had more in common with the Jewish folkloric town of Chelm, the town of wise fools, than with the leading nation of the free world.
Jewish children laugh at the tales of Chelm — with the dark comprehension that if things were run like Chelm, the world would be an upside-down place.
Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Michael B. Oren, Obama Watch
Tagged Cairo Speech, Chelm, George H Bush, Jim Steinberg, New York Times, Obama, Wise Fools of Chelm
My bride, Karen, June 19, 1977
Today is our 38th wedding anniversary.
But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen since fourth grade when I first saw her on the playground of our elementary school, Yeshiva of Flatbush.
Without Karen, I never would have accomplished very much in life. It was her faith that propelled me to become a successful Hollywood screenwriter. And of course, it has always been Karen’s common sense that has turned me from an irresponsible young dreamer into a man who willingly shoulders the complex burdens of life.
The other evening, Karen and I attended a dinner for the Orthodox Union where my Daf Yomi teacher, Rabbi Yitzchok Etshalom and his wife Stefanie, were being honored. At one point, I turned and gazed at Karen’s profile. Time seemed to turn liquid as present and past merged. For one hallucinatory instant, I saw Karen as the mysterious nine year-old, onyx-eyed beauty who captured my vulnerable heart.
I said to myself: “Karen loves me. Karen married me. We have built a wonderful life together. My world is complete.”
Here’s an excerpt from my eBook, How I Married Karen.
Postmodern democrats live alongside unicorns and rainbows.
On a genetic level, Bruce Jenner is male. This should be beyond dispute, especially for democrat/liberals/progressives, (what are they calling themselves this week?) whose ideology boasts of its boundless respect for science, as opposed to knuckle-dragging conservatives who have the chutzpah to challenge politically rigged science.
But democrats insist that Bruce is female because he feels female.
Posted in America, Andrew Breitbart, Big Government, Iran, IslamoNazis, Israel, Obama Watch
Tagged Bruce Jenner, George Soros, J Street, Rachel Dolezal, Transfats, Transgender, Transracial
Ambassador Michael B. Oren
Seraphic Secret received a review copy of Ally, Michael B. Oren’s latest book.
We have been reading it in great gulps and a full review will follow. It is a beautifully written account of Oren’s life as a Zionist-inspired youth, his struggles to achieve success as an historian, and his tenure as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. during Barack Obama’s first term, a dreadful turning point in Israel-America relations — exactly as Obama planned.
A tantalizing tidbit dropped is a never-produced screenplay Oren wrote about the great British soldier and Zionist, Orde Wingate.
In advance of the publication of his book, Oren has written an OpEd in this morning’s WSJ.
Oren is far too generous when he refuses to characterize Obama as anti-Israel. When a friend punches you in the face repeatedly, he is, by definition, no longer your friend, but your determined your enemy. In any case, the book and this OpEd are a privileged look into the disaster that is the Obama foreign policy towards not just Israel, but the entire Middle East.
Presenting The 12th Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture with Larry Elder: “The New Black Antisemitism” June 7, 2015.
Larry Elder, the sage of L.A. gives a deeply personal talk about the irrationality of black anti-semitism, and how his own life has been enhanced and entwined with that of the Jewish people.
This is a brilliant look at the BDS movement in Ireland, which is, in reality, Jew-hatred repackaged.
Statue of John Wayne in the plaza of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, Winterset, Iowa.
Rising at 4 to take my daily three mile walk, I spend a fair amount of time reviewing in my head current events, and deciding what to blog about.
Iran’s march to becoming a nuclear power is frequently at the top of my list. Iran is the world’s greatest exporter of Islamic terrorism. They have been killing Americans ever since the Islamic revolution and they continue to imprison innocent Americans on trumped-up charges of spying. The Jews of Iran have been fleeing at a steady rate for decades. And of course, the Iranians have told the world that the annihilation of Israel is non-negotiable — which doesn’t bother Barack Obama in the least.
Obama will sign anything with the Iranians. That much is clear. He’s looking for his peace-in-our-time moment, unaware of its grim irony because, as any self-infatuated adolescent, he sees himself as operating outside of history.
As Trotsky said, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”
Anyhoo. I’ve decided not to write about Iran—okay, maybe just a little—nor about the war on police being waged by the media and shameless race hustlers.
Instead, time for news about a new John Wayne Museum opening in… Iowa. Of course, John Wayne was raised in California, but there is no denying that he was born in the small town of Winterset.
It is and has been a favored tactic of Jew-haters through the ages: using the law to legitimize hatred and persecution of Jews and Judaism.
This lawfare always precedes the physical elimination of the Jewish people either through exile, or genocide. Thus, the BDS movement against Israel, the Jewish state, is nothing new.
In the past, Jews had little recourse. Where could we turn when Ferdinand and Isabelle stole Jewish property and then exiled their Jewish citizens in 1492? What agencies could German Jews use to combat the Nuremberg Laws?
Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., delivered the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture on Sunday June 7, 2015.
Photo by: Steve Cohn
Yesterday, Sunday June 7, was the Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech memorial Lecture.
Larry Elder, the Sage of L.A., spoke about the New Black Anti-Smitism. But Larry’s talk was far more personal than standard politics. Larry spoke lovingly of the Jewish State, a trip he took to Israel in his youth, and a rather unique, if not bizarre interaction, with a group of Arab kids in Jerusalem.
Larry also dwelled at length on and his deep personal connections to Jews in America, who, at every stage of his career, have stepped forward as guides, mentors, and friends.
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 internet, but had “never actually watched any of their movies.”
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, Judaism, Painting, Photography
Tagged Agnes Pelton, Anna May Wong, Barcelona Haggadah, Carole Lombard, Carolyn Jones, Charlotte Salomon, Cornell Capa, David Ortins, Ed Ruscha, Gene Tierney, Hilma af Klint, Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, movie posters, Norma Jeane Baker, Paul Newman, Willem de Kooning
Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.
You are all invited to The Twelfth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place this coming Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by brunch.
Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
RSVP to Rebekah at the synagogue office: (310) 273-6954
For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.
Karen and I are delighted to that our friend Larry Elder will deliver this year’s lecture titled: “The New Black Anti-Semitism.”
Seraphic Secret has not yet read Tuvia Tenenbom’s “Catch the Jew.” (We have been reading “Days of Rage” by Bryan Burrough, an astonishing and important book, and a review will follow in a few days.)
The Palestinian Authority continues to destroy any chance for lasting peace by teaching children that Palestinians and Muslims are in conflict with Jews. The PA teaches that Jews have an intrinsically evil nature and that this conflict is part of Islam.
Believe it or not, I am linking to an article in Salon.
Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Federal law designates the secretary of state as “responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales” of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries. In practice, that meant that Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals — and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Hillary Clinton’s State Department did a whole lot of approving.