Thanksgiving 2017: The Children of the Children of Israel

Studio photographers shot millions of still photos of their actors, often with holiday themes. This is the one of the few religiously inclined Thanksgiving stills I have come across. The actress is Barbara Kent, a minor star in the silent ear best known for starring opposite Harold Lloyd in “Welcome Danger” 1929. But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” 1928.

Studio photographers shot mountains of photographs of contract actors, often with holiday themes. This is a charming Thanksgiving  photo. The actress is Barbara Kent, (b. Barbara Cloutman, 1907- 2011) a popular star in the silent era best known for twice starring opposite Harold Lloyd, “Welcome Danger” (1929), and then “Feet First,” (1930). But her very best role was in a little known but quite wonderful silent film “Lonesome,” (1928). Seraphic Secret wrote a memoriam for this lovely actress when she passed away. You can find it here.

As far as I know, there are only two countries in the world that were founded on the idea of hope.

America and Israel.

And what was the hope?

The hope of achieving religious freedom, and freedom from the tyranny of centralized government.

The Children of Israel, fleeing Egyptian slavery and religious persecution, settled the land of Israel over 3,000 years ago, thereby fulfilling G-d’s eternal covenant with the Jewish people.

The Pilgrims saw themselves as the children of the children of Israel, escaping a British Pharaoh and crossing a liquid desert.

In fact, so complete was the Pilgrim identification with the Jewish narrative that they seriously considered making Hebrew the national language.

Israel and America are religious and national twins.

At Casa Avrech, when we gather for our Thanksgiving meal, we go round the table, each of us listing our reasons for being  thankful.

The kids laugh because I always say the same thing:

“I’m grateful that Karen married me.”

Well, I’m still grateful that Karen married me. I’m grateful that our daughters are lovely and generous young women. I’m grateful that our sons-in-law are kind and loving husbands. I’m grateful that our five grandchildren, Maayan Ariel, Lielle Meital, Livia Yarden,  Ariel Chaim, and Pinchas Tzvi are bright and happy children.

I’m grateful that the memories of our twenty-two years with our late son Ariel zt”l are filled with joy and pride in his piety, modesty and goodness.

I’m grateful that America makes this wonderful life possible.

I’m grateful that Donald Trump is President. So far, his cabinet picks and appointments are impressive and reassuring. And the Supreme Court will be saved from the radical leftists Hillary would have appointed. President Trump is systematically rolling back Obama’s anti-business regulations. And the economy is growing rather impressively. My friends and relatives in Israel are breathing a huge sigh of relief. They dreaded a continuation of Obama’s anti-Israel policies.

The left told us that Barack Obama’s election was historic. They told us that Hillary’s election would also be historic. But Donald Trump’s election is historic too. Mr. Trump is America’s first President who is a businessman, a political outsider, a man without a law degree. President Trump is dealing with the North Koreans in what promises to be a highly effective manner. Trump does not do “strategic patience” code for appeasement. He is also the first President with Orthodox Jews in his closest circle of advisors, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. Federal lawsuits against Nuns, bakeries, photographers, and pizza shops will cease. Religious freedom will, hopefully, return to the American grain.

Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

Alice White is wonderfully politically incorrect as she goes native. On today's university campus she would be lynched by the oh-so-tolerant left.

Alice White is gloriously politically incorrect as she goes native. On today’s university campus she would be lynched by the oh-so-tolerant left.

 

Alfred Hitchcock celebrates Thanksgiving.

 

Vera Allen en pointe with blunderbuss as her meal looks on. This still is so nutty one can only admire Hollywood's chutzpah.

Vera Allen en pointe with blunderbuss as her Thanksgiving meal looks on. This photo is so nutty one can only admire Hollywood’s chutzpah.

 

Ann Miller serves up the Thanksgiving meal.

 

Audrey Hepburn feeds dinner to the dinner.

 

Jean Crain sharpens her axe.

Jeanne Crain sharpens her axe.

 

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney are the all American sweethearts making their Thanksgiving wishes.

 

 

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable celebrate Thanksgiving, 1940.

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable celebrate Thanksgiving, 1940.

 

When I first met Rebbetzin Celia z’l, Karen’s mother, she asked me if I ever heard of Lowell, Mass., the city to which her family immigrated from Lithuania when Celia was 7 years old. “Sure,” I said, “that’s where Bette Davis is from.” “Can you think of anybody else? I racked my brain. “Jack Kerouac?” “You got it,” she cried. delighted.

 

Dorothy Sebastian, a star of silent cinema whose career extended into sound, makes a fetching Pilgrim.

Dorothy Sebastian, a star of silent cinema whose career extended into sound, looks like she’s decided to make her turkey into a pet instead of a meal.

 

Shirley Temple Black ponders the meaning of Thanksgiving.

 

Doris Day, an animal rights activist, looks genuinely tragic at the turkey's fate.

Doris Day, an animal rights activist, looks genuinely distressed at the turkey’s fate.

 

This is the only Hollywood Thanksgiving photo I've seen that suggests prayer and piety. The actress is Paula Corday, who appeared in about thirty B films.

This is the only Hollywood Thanksgiving photo I’ve seen that suggests prayer and piety. The actress is Paula Corday who appeared in about thirty B films.

 

Marsha Hunt hunts her Thanksgiving dinner.

Marsha Hunt hunts her Thanksgiving dinner. A high fashion model before becoming an actress, Hunt authored a delightful book, The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and ’40s and Our World Since Then

 

Marilyn Monroe about to celebrate Thanksgiving. I have a feeling that MMs costume is not exactly true to period.

Marilyn Monroe celebrates Thanksgiving. I have a feeling that MMs costume is not exactly authentic to the period.

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4 Comments

  1. kishke
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    The turkey mania is silly. The day is about thanks to God, not imitation chicken.

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    • kgbudge
      Posted November 28, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      *Ginormous* imitation chickiens.
      Brings back memories of summer vacations as a kid. Dad took us back to the farm, and part of the experience was the annual chicken decapitation ritual.

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  2. GetThereJustAsSoon
    Posted November 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    This time of year is one I so appreciate Psalm 103:

    103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

    103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

    103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

    103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies . . .

    The rest at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/tehillim-psalms-chapter-103

    A blessed Thanksgiving to one and all!

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  3. sennacherib
    Posted November 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    The MM Pic; You’re right it’s the hat I saw it immediately.

    “The kids laugh because I always say the same thing:” It’s good they laugh, if they didn’t something would be wrong.

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