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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 email@example.com I will give you the address.
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.
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.
There are only two countries in the world that were founded specifically on the idea of hope.
America and Israel.
In fact, Israel’s national anthem is Hatikvah, The Hope.
Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day tomorrow comes this delightful video on 68 reasons to celebrate Israel.
Here at Seraphic Secret we’re always on the lookout for new and better ways to kill IslamoNazi terrorists. In eight years Barack Obama has never even acknowledged the existence of IslamoNazis. Obama and his leftist goose-steppers use the Orwellian term, “violent extremism.” As if violent extremism is a fully formed ideology that is sweeping the globe — like a virulent form of Beatelmania.
Over in Israel, they actually know who they’re fighting, and bright minds are constantly innovating products to aid in the battle against Muslim terrorists.
Dogo’s real world applications are easy to imagine.
We can also imagine Hollywood using this little beauty as a plot point in plenty of action scenes.
I have a deep distrust of theory, an acute sense of the difference between words and facts.
And so, when Israel expelled 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza, under the theory that disengagement proves to the world that trading land for peace works, I knew—because the Arab Muslims tell us—that any Israeli withdrawal is celebrated as a sign of weakness, as surrender.
Obama’s policies regarding healthcare and Iran are more theories disconnected from the real world.
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 wins the nomination?
I shrugged off the question because I just did not believe the Donald would prevail.
Another superb video from our friends at Prager University:
It’s been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli, and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees…and zero Jewish refugees. With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen? What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors?
Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.
Check out more from Prager University here.
From transportation to energy, and everything in between, should the government invest money in as many promising projects as possible? Or would that actually doom many of those ventures to failure? Burt Folsom, historian and professor at Hillsdale College, answers those questions by drawing on the fascinating history of the race to build America’s railroads and airplanes.
When Mike Todd (b. Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) was killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth found comfort in Judaism. “I am absolutely Jewish now in my beliefs and feelings,” she said.
At her conversion, Elizabeth Taylor took the Jewish name Elisheva Rachel.
In the compulsively readable Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger report on the frequently drunken arguments in which Richard Burton and Taylor indulged over—get this—their respective Jewishness.
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 pressure from the left for fear of violence and boycotts. A Target in Florida confirmed that men who feel that they are women can use the women’s bathroom.
Pop stars Nick Joans and Demi Lovato have joined a growing list of celebrities who have cancelled concerts in North Carolina over the state’s passage of HB 2, a law governing public restrooms.
As always, the left seeks to demonize and then destroy those who disagree with their increasingly hysterical demands.
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 plot who-knows-what. A few years ago Offspring #3 married Yossi’s maternal nephew. No longer scary, Yossi is now an Israeli, a husband and father, and a hugely respected author and journalist. He and I have grown close.
Though Yossi has authored several excellent books, his first effort, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist” is my absolute favorite. His evocation of our high school, Brooklyn Talmudic Academy, is astonishingly vivid. And I admire the manner in which he is able to look at his younger self with such bracing honesty. Do yourself a favor and head on over to Yossi’s author’s page.
Yossi’s latest article is about the cultural/historical genocide UNESCO is waging against Judaism and the state of Israel.
To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected–oil, coal and natural gas.
Friday night begins the holiday of Passover in which Jews celebrate deliverance from Egyptian bondage.
In order to escape the shackles of slavery, the vast machinery of the mighty Egyptian state had to be crushed. Those who wielded absolute power were reduced to nothingness. G-d did this not only to diminish the physical power of a pitiless slave state, but to begin the process of making free the minds of the Israelites.
Slavery is an insidious institution, not only because it shackles the body, but creates a mentality where the slave identifies with his master to such a degree that he becomes complicit in his own bondage. He loves his master and cannot imagine a world absent an overlord.
As Daenerys Targaryn (Emilia Clarke) observes (via screenwriters) in Game of Thrones, “The slave learns to love his shackles.”