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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 17, 2013/ 7 Shevat, 5773

Obama's Gun Plan: Divide or Conquer

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If I were president, what would I do in the wake of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, which left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, if I wanted not only to advance an ambitious initiative to reduce gun violence but also to sign a law that actually worked?

To punctuate what is at stake, I might launch my effort, as President Barack Obama did Wednesday, in a ceremony with children who had written to me after the school shooting.

I also might invite children scarred by the daily urban shootings, which don't garner as much media attention as a mass shooting but nonetheless are often lethal.

I would make a personal appeal for a sensible solution.

I also would invite members of Congress, including pro-gun Democrats and Republicans, whose support I would need to navigate legislation through the House and Senate. Though I could tell people I don't want to take away their guns or infringe upon "the individual right to bear arms," gun owners would be likelier to believe those words if they came from a fellow gun owner.

I would acknowledge areas in which my administration could have done a better job enforcing existing law. I would sign executive orders requiring that federal agencies do a better job of tracking guns and disseminating background check information.

I would blame the shooter, although not by name, more than I would blame his instrument.

I would acknowledge the role of cultural influences, such as movies that sexualize violence. I also would take my Hollywood buddies to task for their role in glorifying gore.

I would ask about how mental health services might prevent more senseless violence in the future.

I would not push for an assault weapons ban, which few expect to pass through Congress, because I would know that the mere mention of such a ban would send customers to gun dealers and gun shows.

Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, doesn't believe that President Obama wants to pass the best gun bill he can get. Paredes thinks the whole exercise is pure "political theater."

That could be because Obama did only the smart things needed to pass those measures that reinforced his politics. He brought children to his gun violence event Wednesday who had written to him about the Sandy Hook deaths. The president, however, did not invite children to discuss urban violence — that is, the sort of crimes best addressed by tougher law enforcement, not gun restrictions.

The president spoke of his commitment to passing an assault weapons ban and a magazine-capacity limit. He also stood alone with the vice president — even though he needs members of Congress to succeed in a floor vote.

He could have pledged to work across the aisle. Instead, he pushed for a ban on assault weapons and a ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds — which might or might not pass in the Senate but surely would stall in the GOP-controlled House.

"I will put everything I've got into this," Obama pledged.

But working with others is not in his toolbox.

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