The Fifth Annual Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture 2008

Ariel H.jpg
Ariel Chaim Avrech ZT’L

The Fifth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Yahrtzeit Lecture will take place on Sunday June 15, 2008, at 10 AM at the Young Israel of Century City, followed by a brunch.

Young Israel of Century City
9317 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl to present this year’s lecture.

Gil Perl is the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy / Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, a Prek-12 day school serving the Jewish community of Memphis. Before arriving in Memphis, Dr. Perl served as an instructor of Modern Jewish History in Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School in Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Masters and Doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching and in the Spring of 2006 he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year.

The title of Rabbi Perl’s lecture is: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading? Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

We look forward to seeing all our Seraphic Friends and relatives at the lecture.

Learning Torah was Ariel’s greatest joy. There is no better way of honoring Ariel’s memory than by participating in this lecture series.

May Ariel’s neshama have an aliyah.

You do not have to RSVP to attend. The lecture and brunch are courtesy of the Avrech Family and Friends.

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  1. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Mata Hari:
    Offspring #3 is sitting on Melanie Griffith’s lap during the Shabbos scene. Melanie hand feeds #3 chicken as she gazes longingly at actor Ariel. Only took two takes to get the shot.

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  2. kishke
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I see some of each parent in the son.

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  3. Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    This is so extremely cool. Love being a Seraphic friend and getting all the insider information. I saw a Hitchcock movie (Strangers on a train) and turns out his daughter was in the film.
    I will definitely rewind and watch the Shabbos scene. Were any of the kids the sitting on the laps at the meal?

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  4. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Alice:
    Me too.

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  5. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Jack:
    I always thought that Ariel ZT’L looked more like Karen. Anyway, thanks so much for the compliment.

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  6. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Mata Hari:
    Ariel and my girlses are in the film. They are in the Shabbos scene. They are the kids who are watching the Hasidim dancing and clapping their hands. Rewind!

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  7. Alice
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    He’s gorgeous. Great picture. I wish he was here.

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  8. Posted May 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I think that there is a very strong resemblance between Ariel and his father.

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  9. Posted May 6, 2008 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Robert,
    Finally got to see A Stranger Among Us last night. I thought it was well done and I really enjoyed it. Now I know why the Rabbi’s son’s name is Ariel!
    The topic of the lecture sounds very interesting. May it be an aliyah for the neshama of Ariel.
    Mata

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  10. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Tamster:
    Oh, too bad. We were hoping you and Buttercup could make it so we could finally meet the awesome movie maven sister in the flesh. But we understand. Kids come first. Another time.

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  11. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Kishke:
    We are looking into the possibility of making a video of the speech so we can post it on Seraphic Secret.

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  12. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Exdemexlib:
    Thanks so much for the pertinent information and link. Wish you could join us.

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  13. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Jake:
    This is a topic we had a feeling everyone would enjoy.

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  14. Tamster
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Would love to be there but that weekend I will be with my sister and the twins. It’s impossible for us to find a reliable babysitter where we can relax and not worry.

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  15. kishke
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Robert, any possibility of recording the lecture and letting us download it?

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  16. exdemexlib
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    ” … The Fifth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Yahrtzeit Lecture will take place on Sunday June 15, 2008 … ”
    won’t be able to make it :-((
    (although, these days, it could probably be filmed live on a laptop videocam and put into a videochat uplink, or something like that …)
    anyway,
    the date, June 15th
    happens to be the 12th of Sivan on the Hebrew calendar
    here is a quote from
    Today in Jewish History
    for the 12th of Sivan

    ” When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, and all Jews would come there for the three annual “pilgrimage festivals” (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot), Sivan 12 was the last of the seven days allotted for the offerings brought in conjunction with the Shavuot pilgrimage (unlike the 7-day festivals of Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot consist only of one day; hence the additional six days of tashlumin or “fulfillment”).
    Thus we do not recite the tachnun (confession of sins), and the other prayers omitted on a festival or joyous commemoration, from the 1st of Sivan until and including the 12th, as all these days bear a connection with the festival of Shavuot ”

    http://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/day.asp?tDate=6/15/2008
    it seems fitting that a Torah event for a Ben Torah like Ariel, be on a day that completes the Days of Joy connected with the Giving of the Torah

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  17. Posted May 6, 2008 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    What a great topic! There is a wide misconception, (among many religious Jews even, and of course the secularists), that Yeshiva leaders always shun the outside world. That really wasn’t the case for the most part and it’s more of a 20th century thing. The great Rabbis of the 12th thru the 19th century were often great philosophers and scientists too. Many Rabbis today have the same attributes, but I don’t think we expect it as much as we should.

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  18. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Kishke:
    IY’H.

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  19. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Lion:
    Amen.

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  20. kishke
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    That would be nice. Maybe one day.

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  21. Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    “May Ariel’s neshama have an aliyah.”
    amen

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  22. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Jackie:
    Our blogmother!
    What a wonderful surprise. We thought you weren’t trekking west for a few months.
    Your attendance at the lecture would be so meaningful. Please keep us informed.

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  23. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Rachel:
    Thanks so much for the kind words about our son. He was handsome inside too, gentle, kind and generous.

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  24. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Carol:
    We too wish you could join us. Maybe another year.

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  25. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Sarah:
    As Kishke says, the hat’s fine, and that’s the Borsalino look the Yeshiva boy’s prefer. Thanks so much for asking.

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  26. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Kishke:
    Thanks so much. Wish you and Mrs. Kishke could join us.

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  27. Posted May 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    If all goes to plan, I should be able to join you for this. I hope so much that I can! (I move to California tomorrow…)

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  28. Rachel
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Dear Robert & Karen,
    What a beautiful picture of your son. What a handsome young man he was. I wish for your program to be as meaningful and smooth as possible.
    Most sincerely,
    Rachel

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  29. DrCarol
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could go, it sounds like a marvelous lecture and a fitting tribute to a handsome, special young man.

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  30. kishke
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    The hat fits fine. It’s just a wide brim, which is indeed the preferred style.

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  31. Sarah
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Why is the hat so large? Was the boy supposed to grow into it? Or perhaps that was/is the preferred style.

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  32. kishke
    Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    May the lecture be a great success, and fitting memorial to Ariel, zichrono levracha.

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