Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food, Clothing, Housing Combined

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As law-abiding citizens, Karen and I collected our tax statements, itemized charitable deductions, carefully listed our business expenses, and sent them to our accountant a few weeks ago.

There is a kind of horror that sets in when you are confronted with just how much of your hard-earned income goes to state and federal governments — who spend your money on G-d knows what.

California, once a golden land of limitless opportunity, home to a Republican majority, has turned fanatic Democrat and, of course, shape-shifted into a sink-hole of tax laws that bleeds businesses, enriches corrupt unions, and spends vast sums of public money on absurd projects like the bullet train… which no one is going to use.

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Ben Shapiro to Deliver 2016 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 Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place 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.”

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Blood Money to IslamoNazis

Kay Wilson was left for dead in an orgy of violence in Jerusalem by two Palestinian terrorists who now are receiving £9,000 in 'blood money' every year with the help of British aid

Kay Wilson was left for dead in an orgy of violence in Jerusalem by two Palestinian terrorists who now are receiving £9,000 in ‘blood money’ every year with the help of British aid

Several weeks ago I heard Ms. Wilson on Dennis Prager’s radio show.

I was cruising along Wilshire Boulevard. But as Wilson detailed her ordeal, and described the glee of the IslamoNazi butchers who tortured Ms. Wilson and murdered her friend Kristine Luken, I pulled over and parked.

I was trembling, filled with rage at the evil—Jew-hatred/anti-Zionism—this world not only tolerates but encourages and funds through economic incentives.

Two Palestinian terrorists who repeatedly stabbed a British woman in a brutal attack and killed her friend are now each receiving at least £9,000 in ‘blood money’ every year with the help of UK aid.

Kay Wilson was left for dead in an orgy of violence in Jerusalem in which Kristine Luken, an American, was killed.

The attackers were eventually caught and, after admitting their crimes, were sent to prison.

But Ms Wilson was horrified to learn from news reports that her assailants were being paid a monthly stipend equivalent to £750 each effectively from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

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Islamic Terror: What American Muslims Can Do

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I never really felt pretty, bright or socially adept.” —Grace Kelly

“I never really felt pretty, bright or socially adept.”
—Grace Kelly

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Ignoring Rule #1 of History

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When asked what he proposed to do about the cold war with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan famously replied: “We win, they lose.”

Of course, the chattering classes mocked Reagan as a simple-minded war monger.

The postmodern Democrat party is quite good when fighting Republicans, their true enemy. But when it comes to those who routinely commit mass murder and promise genocide the Democrats go all kumbaya.

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UN Names Democratic Israel as World’s #1 Human Rights Violator

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The UN is a cesspool of leftist Jew-haters.

One of the cornerstones of Obama’s foreign policy is to engage with the UN on world affairs so that America does not act unilaterally.

In short, Obama and the Democrat Party have legitimized the Jew-hatred and blood libels that lie at the heart of the UN.

It is the American taxpayer who finances this swamp of Jew-hatred.

Anne Bayefsky documents the UN’s latest evil.

According to the United Nations, the most evil country in the world today is Israel.

On March 24, 2016, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.

On the same day, the UN Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states.

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Feminist Whores for Islam

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Friday Photos, True Hollywood Secrets: How to be Beautiful

Audrey Hepburn’s doe-eyed look was her trademark. Along with a strong brow, and efforts to keep the rest of her makeup neutral, Hepburn focused on her lashes to draw attention to her eyes. To ensure separation of each lash, her makeup artist used to apply mascara — and then painstakingly separate each lash using a safety pin.

Audrey Hepburn’s doe-eyed look was her trademark. Along with a strong brow, and efforts to keep the rest of her makeup neutral, Hepburn focused on her lashes to draw attention to her eyes. To ensure separation of each lash, her makeup artist used to apply mascara — and then painstakingly separate each lash using a safety pin. ”

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Purim: The Deeply Anti-Progressive Jewish Holiday

“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” by Jan Victors, 1640s.

“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” by Jan Victors, 1640s.

Today is the holiday of Purim.

And it is no accident that Benjamin Netanyahu referenced Purim when delivering a powerful address to the U.S. Senate in an unsuccessful bid to curb Obama’s legitimization of a nuclear Iran.

Purim is an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but agnonizingly familiar story: A Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia.

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Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech, Second Yahrzeit

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often speaks of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech. An Army Chaplain in the 42nd Rainbow Division, my father served this great nation through World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Retired as a full Colonel, my father often spoke of his Chaplaincy as the most important and fulfilling of his long and distinguished Rabbinic career.

My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech passed away on March 15, 2014, which the Jewish calendar translates into the 13th of Adar. Thus, tonight — Jewish holidays begin in the evening, after sundown — is the second Yahrzeit, memorial, without my father’s physical presence in this world. My father was 94 years old.

He is gone, but he is certainly not forgotten.

I ponder the astonishing trajectory of my father’s life. Born in a tiny impoverished Polish town, my father and his family emigrated to America where they found the liberty to live as Jews and Americans.

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Hillary Clinton at AIPAC, It’s Behavior, Stupid

Hillary kissing Suha Arafat after the terrorist’s wife delivered a speech accusing Israel of using poison gas on Arabs, 1999.

Hillary kissing Suha Arafat after the terrorist’s wife delivered a speech accusing Israel of using poison gas on Arabs, 1999.

Whenever I discuss Judaism, I frequently define the corpus of Jewish ritual, law and thought as a behaviorist religion.

Normative Orthodox Judaism does not involve itself in theological or philosophical discussions. When we learn Torah (the Written Law) and Talmud (the Oral Law), G-d is a given. The 613 mitzvot — prescriptive commandments and prohibitions — are another given. The Talmud struggles with how human beings — as individuals and as members of families, communities, and humanity — can best serve HaShem through our daily actions.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Gene Tierney, 1952 in court during her divorce proceedings against Oleg Cassini.. “I had appalling taste before I met Oleg”, she wrote in her 1979 autobiography Self Portrait. “In my early days in Hollywood, I tried to be economical. I worked with a dressmaker and designed my own clothes, much to my mother’s distress. I had a good deal of fun whipping up what I now realize were atrocities. One night when Oleg came to call I was wearing one of my own creations. I shudder to think of it: a navy blue and pink striped dress, with a navy wool cape lined in the same print. I had on a straw hat, floppy and pink, decorated with a pink rose. I wore pink suede gloves and matching bag, and navy shoes. Oleg strode in the door, took one look at this ice cream confection, and almost passed out. “I won’t take you out dressed like that!”, he bellowed. “First, take off the hat and cape and then go and get a navy bag. Forget the gloves, if you don’t have any navy ones.” Oleg winked at my mother, which made me furious, but I began to suspect that my clothes were getting to be a bit much.” Gene and Oleg Cassini remained friends after their divorce, and Tierney continued to wear his designs for the rest of her life.

“I had appalling taste before I met Oleg [Cassini]”, writes Gene Tierney in her 1979 autobiography Self Portrait. “In my early days in Hollywood, I tried to be economical. I worked with a dressmaker and designed my own clothes, much to my mother’s distress. I had a good deal of fun whipping up what I now realize were atrocities. One night when Oleg came to call I was wearing one of my own creations. I shudder to think of it: a navy blue and pink striped dress, with a navy wool cape lined in the same print. I had on a straw hat, floppy and pink, decorated with a pink rose. I wore pink suede gloves and matching bag, and navy shoes. Oleg strode in the door, took one look at this ice cream confection, and almost passed out. “I won’t take you out dressed like that!”, he bellowed. “First, take off the hat and cape and then go and get a navy bag. Forget the gloves, if you don’t have any navy ones.” Oleg winked at my mother, which made me furious, but I began to suspect that my clothes were getting to be a bit much.” Gene and Oleg Cassini remained friends even after their divorce, and Tierney continued to wear his designs for the rest of her life.

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Ben Shapiro to Deliver 2016 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 Thirteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place 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.”

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Government: Is It Ever Big Enough?

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Can the government ever be too big? How much spending is enough spending? And if there can be too much spending, where is that point? William Voegeli, Senior Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, explores these complex questions and offers some clear answers.

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Dangerous Illusions About Iran

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In the pages of the Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams analyzes the repercussions of Obama’s deal — capitulation, appeasement, surrender — with the theocrat fascist Jew-haters of Iran.

Abrams argues that the two pillars of the agreement are proving delusional. And in order to deflect the inconvenient facts, Obama, his supporters, and the ever reliable Democrat media complex, are silent. Or they lie, and then lie some more.

Last week the Iranians launched two ballistic missiles which are capable of reaching Israel. Written on the missiles was the proud vow: “Israel must be wiped out”. This demonstration of Iran’s arrogance and incipient génocidaires took place during Vice President Biden’s visit with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

If this is the moderation Obama’s deal promised, imagine when the IslamoNazis of Persia become radical.

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PalNazis Laughing Their Heads Off at Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 10, hoping to persuade Abbas to issue a "condemnation" of the wave of terror attacks against Israelis. The next day, Abbas's Fatah party invited Palestinians to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the "martyrdom" of Dalal Al-Mughrabi. Al-Mughrabi was a Fatah member who participated in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre in Israel, in which 38 civilians were killed, including 13 children.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 10, hoping to persuade Abbas to issue a “condemnation” of the wave of terror attacks against Israelis. The next day, Abbas’s Fatah party invited Palestinians to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the “martyrdom” of Dalal Al-Mughrabi. Al-Mughrabi was a Fatah member who participated in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre in Israel, in which 38 civilians were killed, including 13 children.

by Khaled Abu Toameh

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Ramallah last week, and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his top officials are laughing their heads off.

Why not laugh? Biden arrived in the region hoping to persuade the Palestinian leaders to issue a “condemnation” of the reign of terror, which they continue to describe as a “popular and peaceful uprising.” This in itself reeks of gallows humor.

But what Biden got was even funnier, from the point of view of Abbas and his friends.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions, Spitting Image

“One of the most idolized beauties of the century, Brigitte Bardot was famous for a lot of things. But besides her full lips, winged eye liner and curvy body we adored her for her voluminous blonde hair and the mod way she styled it. We’ve always wondered what was the secret behind her texturedfront pieces, so when our favorite Oribe hairstylist Adam Livermore dished on an industry secret we couldn’t wait to tell you! Apparently, Oribe himself had been doing a lot of research on the famous starlet when he uncovered a disturbing yet witty detail about her hair regime – she used spit. Yes, that is right. This French beauty used her own saliva to style her hair on the reg. She apparently applied spit to the longer pieces of hair that frame her head. She would then twirl them and pull them back tight behind her ear where she would then let them dry and pull them out to reveal the unmistakable signature curl. Clever? Perhaps, but we still recommend a styling cream to achieve almost the same effect.” —Amanda Elser

“One of the most idolized beauties of the century, Brigitte Bardot was famous for a lot of things. But besides her full lips, winged eye liner and curvy body we adored her for her voluminous blonde hair and the mod way she styled it. We’ve always wondered what was the secret behind her texturedfront pieces, so when our favorite Oribe hairstylist Adam Livermore dished on an industry secret we couldn’t wait to tell you!
Apparently, Oribe himself had been doing a lot of research on the famous starlet when he uncovered a disturbing yet witty detail about her hair regime – she used spit. Yes, that is right. This French beauty used her own saliva to style her hair on the reg. She apparently applied spit to the longer pieces of hair that frame her head. She would then twirl them and pull them back tight behind her ear where she would then let them dry and pull them out to reveal the unmistakable signature curl.
Clever? Perhaps, but we still recommend a styling cream to achieve almost the same effect.” —Amanda Elser

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Fatah Celebrates Murder of American Tourist

Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate of West Point, was murdered by islamoNazis. His murderer is being celebrated by by the IslamoNazis who occupy territory in the Jewish state.

Taylor Force, a West Point graduate who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered by Arab Muslims in Israel. His murderers are being celebrated by Jew-haters who call themselves Palestinians. But they are, quite simply, IslamoNazis, no different than ISIS.

It has been a particularly ghastly week in Israel.

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Three Notable Films from Australia on Netflix, Yiddish in the Outback

David Lyons and Emma Booth in Swerve.

David Lyons and Emma Booth in Swerve.

One of the joys of Netflix is their vast library of international films that get no theatrical distribution in America. Seraphic Secret goes through periods of screening, including but not limited to, South Korean, British, Chinese, Scandinavian, Japanese, Bollywood, and most recently, Australian movies.

Aussie films have a peculiar charm that will have you calling your friends mate, and, if you are so inclined, hoisting endless glasses of beer. You will also feel compelled to have a cuppa, cup of tea. But do not, I repeat, do not under any circumstances enter an Australian bakery and order a golliwog.

Another charm of Australian cinema is the, um, Yiddish.

Yup, a common exclamation in Australia is (according to subtitles) “Oi”, equivalent to, “Hey!”, but which, to this Jewish screenwriter, sounds remarkably like “Oy”, shorthand for “Woe is me.”

Loopy linguistics aside, here are three films from Down Under that are outstanding and available via Netflix streaming.

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