Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“How does it happen that something that makes so much sense in the moonlight doesn't make any sense at all in the sunlight?” —Lana Turner

“How does it happen that something that makes so much sense in the moonlight doesn’t make any sense at all in the sunlight?”
—Lana Turner

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Islamism: The World’s Most Dangerous Ideology

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Sukkot, The Past is Never Past

A Yemenite Jew named Yehia holding a lulav and etrog—the four species— in a succah, Jerusalem, 1939.

A Yemenite Jew named Yehia holding a lulav and etrog—the four species—in a Sukkah, Jerusalem, 1939.

As Jews all over the world make last minute preparations for the holiday of Sukkot, here are a few wonderful pictures of Jews celebrating this joyous holiday in Israel (and Samarkand), a reminder that Torah Judaism is eternal. All photos are from The Library of Congress.

You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths.

—Leviticus 23:42

On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.

—Leviticus 23:40

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I never said 'I want to be alone.' I only said 'I want to be left alone.' There is a world of difference.” —Greta Garbo

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is a world of difference.”
—Greta Garbo

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Repentance and Liberty

Korach's rebellion

Korach’s rebellion

by Karen Singer Avrech

This past Shabbat our rabbi delivered the traditional Shabbat T’shuvah drasha, (homily). His essential message was that Modern Orthodoxy is doomed unless the importance of traditional halacha (jurisprudence)  is understood and respected. Recent trends have favored “dynamism” and “innovation” to match the times, but have neglected the legalistic principles that have sustained the Jewish people for thousands of years.

Our rabbi explained that revolutionaries since Korach have championed the idea that we are all holy, decrying Moses’s leadership as elitist and unfair. Korach was demanding the egalitarianism of the “Progressive.”

The lesson that Moshe taught Korach is that yes, we are all created in G-d’s image and he has chosen us as his holy people, but there is another, essential aspect of holiness.

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Yom Kippur 2015

“Kotel” by Robert J. Avrech

“Kotel” by Robert J. Avrech

…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD.

—Leviticus 16:29-30

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Debating the Debate

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Who won? Who lost?

The media are preoccupied with figuring out the winners and losers from the GOP debate last week. Seraphic Secret came away with some impressions that we’d like to share with our readers.

Too many of Jake Tapper’s questions were designed to draw blood between Trump and the other candidates. This is the stuff of high-school feuds. Hey, did you hear what Donald said about you?

Really, who cares?

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Marlon Brando applying his make-up on the set of On the Waterfront (1954, dir. Elia Kazan) “[In On the Waterfront] there was a scene in a taxicab, where I turn to my brother, who’s come to turn me over to the gangsters, and I lament to him that he never looked after me, he never gave me a chance, that I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum…It was very moving. And people often spoke about that, ‘Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah.’ It wasn’t wonderful at all. The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he’s partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn’t the scene itself. There are other scenes where you’ll find actors being expert, but since the audience can’t clearly identify with them, they just pass unnoticed. Wonderful scenes never get mentioned, only those scenes that affect people.” -Brando, quoted in Lawrence Grobel's Conversations with Brando (1993)

Marlon Brando applying his make-up on the set of On the Waterfront (1954).
“[In On the Waterfront] there was a scene in a taxicab, where I turn to my brother, who’s come to turn me over to the gangsters, and I lament to him that he never looked after me, he never gave me a chance, that I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum…It was very moving. And people often spoke about that, ‘Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah.’
It wasn’t wonderful at all. The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he’s partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn’t the scene itself. There are other scenes where you’ll find actors being expert, but since the audience can’t clearly identify with them, they just pass unnoticed. Wonderful scenes never get mentioned, only those scenes that affect people.”
-Brando, quoted in Lawrence Grobel’s Conversations with Brando (1993)

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The World is on Fire

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Michael Mukasey wrote an editorial (below the fold) for the WSJ about Obama’s capitulation to the IslamoNazis of Iran. He proposes some corrective measures. But it is clear that as long as a Democrat — any Democrat — occupies the White House, the Iranian deal will remain in place, which guarantees that Iran will continue to fund global terrorism, support Hezbollah’s war against Israel, and become a nuclear power in the next few years.

If the Democrats continue to hold the White House, radical Islam, not to mention Russia and Turkey, will move quickly to fill the vacuum created by the absence of American power, as they are doing in Syria at this very moment.

Obama is shamefully and foolishly scuttling the Truman Doctrine of keeping the Russians out of the Levant. As a result, the Middle East is being gobbled up by imperialist state and non-state players. The flood of Muslims into Europe’s welfare states is only the start of Obama’s world view come to fruition. We can pretty much guarantee that Obama and the Democrats will soon admit hundreds of thousands of young Muslim men into America. The Democrats will claim that they are doing so as a humanitarian gesture. In truth, it’s just another way to Balkanize America and turn red states blue.

Seraphic Secret believes that Christian and Yazidi refugees from the Middle East should be given asylum in Europe and America, and that America should be supporting the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State and the fascists of Turkey.

The world is on fire, and Obama and the Democrats are the pyromaniacs.

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Rosh Hashanah 2015

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Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a Shana Tova.

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Designing Women: Helen Rose and Jorjett Strumme

Legendary costume designer Helen Rose.

Legendary costume designer Helen Rose.

Costume designer Helen Rose is best known for the white chiffon dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Rose was the envy of every Hollywood designer when Grace Kelly asked her to design Kelly’s wedding dress. Rumor had it that Edith Head was livid she did not get the commission.

We wrote about Rose and Elizabeth Taylor here.

We blogged about the fascinating manner in which Grace Kelly’s wedding gown was transported from America to Europe here.

Raised in Chicago, Rose briefly dated a nice Jewish boy who was anything but. In fact, he ended up being one of the most notorious figures in the annals of American crime.

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The New Muslim Imperialists

Do these young Muslim men armed with cell phones and selfie sticks look like wretched refugees form war torn states?

Do these young Muslim men armed with cellphones and selfie sticks look like wretched refugees from war torn states? No, they do not— because they are the new Muslim imperialists invading Europe.

Who are these people flooding into Europe in such vast numbers?

We are told that they are refugees from war-torn Middle Eastern states. But a close look at the photos shows a notable absence of women, children, infants and old people. Mostly, we see young men of military age, all carrying cellphones.

Are they Syrians? We have no idea. The Turkish gangs that smuggle them into Europe also provide false passports. How many of these men are active jihadists? Again, we have no idea.

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Europe’s Muslim Refugee Crisis and the Jew Card

Syrian refugees land on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos in an inflatable dinghy after crossing the Aegean Sea from from Turkey on September 3, 2015. More than 230,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece by sea this year, a huge rise from 17,500 in the same period in 2014, deputy shipping minister Nikos Zois said. (AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

Syrian refugees land on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos in an inflatable dinghy after crossing the Aegean Sea from from Turkey on September 3, 2015. More than 230,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece by sea this year, a huge rise from 17,500 in the same period in 2014. (AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

As hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from failed Arab Muslim states flood into Europe, creating the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, I wonder whether the Europeans will take a moment to reflect that they have no one but themselves to blame for this terrible crisis.

For 50 years the Europeans have self-righteously insisted that the Arab-Israeli conflict is at the root of every problem that festers in the Arab Muslim world. The Europeans have demonized Israel and the Jews and pressured the State of Israel to make concessions to Islamists who openly proclaim their intent to wipe it off the map.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I’m tired of being thought of as Miss Goody Two-Shoes, the girl next door, Miss Happy-Go-Lucky. You doubtless know the remark dear Oscar Levant once made about me—‘I knew her before she was a virgin.’ Well, I’m not the All-American Virgin Queen and I’d like to deal with the true, honest story of who I really am. This image I’ve got—oh, how I dislike that word ‘image’—it’s not me, not at all who I am.” —Doris Day

“I’m tired of being thought of as Miss Goody Two-Shoes, the girl next door, Miss Happy-Go-Lucky. You doubtless know the remark dear Oscar Levant once made about me—‘I knew her before she was a virgin.’
Well, I’m not the All-American Virgin Queen and I’d like to deal with the true, honest story of who I really am. This image I’ve got—oh, how I dislike that word ‘image’—it’s not me, not at all who I am.”
-Doris Day

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The Iranian-Democrat Axis of Evil

Here are the names of the 34 Democrats who are guaranteeing the nuclear weaponization of the IslamoNazis of Iran.

Here are the names of the 34 Democrats who are guaranteeing the nuclear weaponization of the IslamoNazis of Iran.

The unspoken fact of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action better described as the Democrat–Iranian nuclear deal is that the Iranians will cheat on whatever provisions exist that, theoretically, slow their march toward nuclear weapons.

The Iranians are religious fanatics who believe that lying to non-Muslims is perfectly okay.

The Democrats are treating the Iranians as if they were trustworthy.

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Prager U: Does Free Speech Offend You?

Trigger warning: You are about to view the truth about liberal fascism.

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Should offensive speech be banned? Where should we, as a society, draw the line where permitted speech is on one side, and forbidden speech is on the other? Should we even have that line? And should free speech be limited by things like trigger warnings and punishments for microaggressions? Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, answers these questions and more.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The mixed reviews and poor box office for Vertigo lessened my self-confidence. I always have this feeling that I’m supposed to do something, to mean something. My sense of that started to weaken, as if, ‘Oh, I thought this was a medium that I was supposed to touch people in and I’m not having an impact.’ As time went by, I thought, ‘This is not the right medium.’ It’s a wonderful medium and I enjoyed working in it but I started to think that this must have been a detour. This must not be my medium for doing something important and to touch people. I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.” —Kim Novak, The MacGuffin interview, 2004

“The mixed reviews and poor box office for Vertigo lessened my self-confidence. I always have this feeling that I’m supposed to do something, to mean something. My sense of that started to weaken, as if, ‘Oh, I thought this was a medium that I was supposed to touch people in and I’m not having an impact.’ As time went by, I thought, ‘This is not the right medium.’ It’s a wonderful medium and I enjoyed working in it but I started to think that this must have been a detour. This must not be my medium for doing something important and to touch people.
I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.”
-Kim Novak, The MacGuffin interview, 2004

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Carole Lombard: A Woman’s First Job

Carole Lombard by George Hurrell, 1930s.

Carole Lombard by George Hurrell, 1930s.

“I’ve lived by a man’s code designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.”

— Carole Lombard

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Stock Market Prediction

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We have been investing in the stock market for over thirty years.

Our portfolio is diversified. We hold individual stocks, CDs, bonds, and an array of mutual funds. Our biggest holding is Apple which we started buying back in 1990.

Our philosophy has been to invest in solid, brand-name companies that manufacture products we understand. A few of the companies we own are: Boeing, Baxter, Caterpillar, Disney, Google, Amazon, Chevron, Pfizer, UPS, Eli Lilly, Burberry, Hermes, Tiffany, and Elbit.

Elbit?

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Obama’s Nuclear Capitulation

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My good friend Omri Ceren, Senior Policy Advisor to The Israel Project, explains why the Obama-Kerry nuclear deal with Iran is such a disaster.

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