Tag Archives: Robert J. Avrech

Book Review: Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist by Yossi Klein Halevi

Tweet I was scared of Yossi Klein Halevi. This was back in high school when Yossi and I were students — sorta — at Brooklyn Talmudic Academy. Sorta, because Yossi and I were two off the most indifferent students in that yeshiva’s history. When I was scheduled to be in class I was, more often […]

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The Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture Presents Michael Medved

Tweet The Eleventh Annual Ariel Avrech Yahrtzeit Lecture took place on Sunday June 8, 2014 at the Young Israel of Century City. The title of Michael Medved’s lecture is: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.” We will leave this up for a few days. May Ariel’s neshama have […]

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Kirkus Reviews “How I Married Karen”

Tweet I’ve always been ambivalent about critics and their reviews of my work. I confess to being stung by bad reviews and, of course, elated by good ones. Remaining indifferent has never been an option. When one of my films gets slammed, I tell myself stuff like: “What do they know?” or “Hey, if they’re […]

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How I Married Karen Thirty-Six Years Ago Today

Tweet Today is our 36th wedding anniversary. But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen ever since the 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 […]

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How I Married Karen, The EBook

Tweet At last, How I Married Karen, the story of my perfect imperfection, has been published as an ebook. I fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when we were fourth-grade classmates in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. In this true life story, an unorthodox Orthodox memoir, I detail an all-consuming love that struck at age […]

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Tweet This coming Sunday, June 3, 2012 is the Ninth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture. Click here for details. For those who cannot attend the lecture by Joel B. Pollak, Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart.com, “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel,” will be posted here at Seraphic Secret. We wish all our friends and relatives a lovely […]

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I Only Want To Be With You

Tweet Consider this a footnote to my series: How I Married Karen. First the song, then the story:   A few days ago I was watching a movie when suddenly, in the middle of a scene, Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” kicked in over the soundtrack. So riveted was I by […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: "Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: "Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 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 (mp3 70MB)
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