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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Once again Friday Photos appears on Wednesday due to the last days of Sukkot which begin tonight and then run into Shabbat. Enjoy!

Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Betty Grable, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Still Photography, Jewish Holidays, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions, Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, via newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. Seraphic Secret—Karen and I—are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions, How to be Beautiful

Posted in Art, Fashion, Friday Footwear, Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Self-Portrait, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jew-hatred, Lielle Meital, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Quotes, The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: Just Photos

No commentary today. No rants about politics and culture. I am drained. Here are some random pictures that will, hopefully, enliven a darkling plain.

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Mirror, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, through newspapers,fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood — though founded by poor immigrant Jews — informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We […]

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Classic Hollywood Passport Photos

If you want to torture yourself, take a look at your passport. Chances are you look pretty awful. With flat lighting, a grim full frontal pose, and that look of bafflement, your photo probably looks like a mug shot. Are glamorous Hollywood stars just like us when they submit to the artless lens of the […]

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Hollywood Hair: Leda Styled By Leonardo da Vinci

Years ago, on Shabbos evenings, when our children were little, I would frequently grab an art book, sit in my chair, and one of the kids would climb into my lap. We’d turn the pages, look at the pictures, and make up stories about the figures in the paintings. Ariel, Z’TL, was intrigued by the […]

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Hollywood on Hollywood

Labor Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on work, our jobs, present and past. Good jobs, bad jobs, we’ve all had our share of both. Work should set you free. Honest labor puts money in your pocket which allows you to spend that money as you see fit. Ideally, work infuses the individual with […]

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How Hollywood Bobbed America’s Hair

Hollywood is the greatest propaganda machine the world has ever known. Audiences used to sit in a velvety dark theater, drinking in the silver images projected on the screen. Actors were larger than life, and the manner in which they were styled — wardrobe, makeup, and hair — influenced mass audiences the world over. In […]

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A Bookish Chanukah and Christmas

I love books. Casa Avrech is stuffed with bookshelves that are, of course, stuffed with books. As much as Seraphic Secret admires and makes use of eBooks via Kindle and the iPad, there is still something about paper, binding, and the fragrance of a freshly opened page that is intoxicating. Books are the perfect holiday […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (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: (70MB)
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