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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

No, you have not fallen into a time warp. It is Wednesday. So: why Friday Photos today? The celebration of Succos starts tonight and continues into Shabbat. And because Orthodox Jews (that’s us) do not use electronics during these holidays you get Friday Photos early. We hope you enjoy this edition.

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Family, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jewish Holidays, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Quotes, Sandra Dee, Succos, True Hollywood Confessions, Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Actors, Alfred Hitchcock, Art, Automobiles, Design, Fashion, Hollywood, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

A Poignant Evening With Jews Fleeing France

Last Shabbat, my wife Karen was out of town. Close friends, unwilling to let yours truly endure a Shabbat dinner alone, invited me for the Friday night meal. Also present was a family from Los Angeles: a physician, his mother and his two daughters. The physician, Dr. M., was born on the Tunisian island of […]

Posted in Family, France, Friends, Judaism, Shabbos, Tunisia | Also tagged , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: ObamaNet Edition

Few noticed that a significant  erosion of liberty took place this week in a room in Washington where three Democrat party commissars voted to classify the internet as a public utility. This means that over the next few years, slowly, almost imperceptibly, the federal government will levy increasingly heavy taxes on the internet. In ways […]

Posted in Art, Barack Hussein Obama, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Internet, Joan Crawford, Margaret Thatcher, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Nolan, Movie Star Ads, Photography, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: Still Scattered

  We hope all our readers had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Keeping to last week’s theme of eschewing a theme, Seraphic Secret is, once again, indulging in a collection of random photos that we like for various reasons. We hope you do too.

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Brigitte Bardot, Fashion, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe, Seven Samurai | Also tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

John Wayne Stumbles Into Overtime

Scott Eyman’s superb biography of John Wayne presents a multi-dimensional portrait of a good and decent man who went out of his way to help others. But out of intrinsic modesty, Wayne never made his kindness and charity a public calling card. Before becoming a superstar in Stagecoach (1939), Wayne was working like a dog, […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, John Wayne | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

A Duck Dynasty Purim!

The 2014 Purim celebration begins on Saturday night March 15 and continues through the 16th. On the holiday of Purim, Jews listen to a reading of Megillat Esther, send gifts of food to friends and neighbors, donate to the poor, attend a festive meal where we make a l’chaim—“Genocide averted, let’s eat!”—and frequently wear witty […]

Posted in Humor, Jewish Holidays, Jewish Photography, Judaism, Photography, Purim | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

ObamaCare: You May Not Like Your Cancer, But You Will Keep Your Cancer, Period

Last week, Karen and I were invited by close friends to a Shabbat meal at their lovely home. One of the nice things about Shabbat meals is that you never know who you’re going to end up sitting next to. Most luncheons are joyous affairs where old friends reconnect, and strangers become new friends. Karen […]

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Just Because

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Passover: Liberty, Then and Now

Seraphic Secret rises at 5 a.m for a morning walk. The streets are empty save for the chug-chug-chugging of the pick-up trucks delivering newspapers. Sprinklers hiss, and lawns glisten. The air is lightly perfumed with jacaranda. I listen to a news round-up and feel—there is no way around this—sad and defeated.

Posted in Judaism, Judaism & Christianity, Maayan Ariel, Obamacare, Passover, Remembering Ariel | Tagged | 39 Responses

Friday Footwear: Lielle Meital Kicks Up Her Heels

Here are some more pink shoes Lielle has her eyes on.

Posted in Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos | Also tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

Friday Photos: Maayan Ariel

It’s been quite a week. The RNC took center stage with a powerful message calling for a return to constitutional values, support for Israel, and a resounding rejection of the collectivist, big government tyranny being imposed by the current, extremist regime. Hurricane Isaac brought disaster to some communities in the Big Easy, while Obama fiddled […]

Posted in 2012 Election, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Labor Day, Maayan Ariel | Also tagged , , , , | 13 Responses

Friday Photos: Seraphic Secret’s Vacation

Karen and I slipped away to Yosemite for a brief vacation. In the old days, I used to shlep an SLR and half a dozen lenses. Now I just use my iPhone. The truth is the best camera is the one you use and my iPhone, for better or worse, is always there like an […]

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Friday Photos

Hypothetical question: Your house is on fire. Everyone is safe. You can run in and rescue one item. What will it be? The answer, overwhelmingly, is family photos. We are the sum of our memories. Photos help us capture time and space, preserve moments that otherwise would be lost. I seek the ordinary, the flat […]

Posted in Friday Fotos, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs | Also tagged , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Notable War Movies, Russian and Finnish

Seraphic Secret watches movies in thematic clusters. Last year I concentrated on the work of specific actors, among them: Clara Bow, John Gilbert, Mary Nolan, Lon Chaney, Esther Ralston and, adolescent sigh, Brigitte Bardot. For the past few  weeks I’ve been screening war movies, with an emphasis on films from Russia and Finland. World War […]

Posted in Finland, Movies, War, War Movies | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Fashion: The Exodus Edition

On Passover the Jewish people are instructed to envision that they are experiencing the Exodus from Egypt. During the Passover seder (meal) we reenact—through sacred memory animated by ritual—the passage from bondage to slavery. The Torah tells us that the Jews left Egypt with the spoils of their oppressors—compensation for 400 years of cruelty. Thus, […]

Posted in Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Holidays, Passover | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Friday Fashion: Real Men Wear Pink

The Talmud (Shabbat 113a) tells us that Rabbi Yochanan called his clothing, “The things that honor me.” Seraphic Secret believes that what we wear tells the world who we are and how we wish to be treated. If you dress like a slob and then get annoyed when people treat you like a slob, well, […]

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Friday Fashion: Hollywood on Parade

Seraphic Secret was glancing through the latest issue of the “National Enquirer” the other day—how else am I going to learn about what’s going on in Hollywood?—and was horrified to discover that this tabloid has a rather unhealthy fixation on celebrity photos that focus on cellulite, disheveled stars in flip-flops  taking out the garbage, and […]

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Top 10 of 2011

If you’re as deeply involved in politics as is Seraphic Secret, if you’re a lover of Zion, as is Seraphic Secret, if you’re terrified of another four years of Obama, as is Seraphic Secret, well, you tend to walk around with a black cloud hovering over your head. But compiling a Ten Best List, wrestling […]

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Friday Footwear: Hollywood Parade

Glamour depends on mystery, the art of concealment. Hollywood stars of the past and their handlers understood that to maintain the image projected on the screen was a full-time job. Hard working stars like Joan Crawford never appeared in public less than impeccably turned out. Even at their most casual, Hollywood stars of the golden […]

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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.”

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