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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 Feb. 1, 2010/ 18 Shevat 5770

Groundhog's say

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every Feb. 2, in Punxsutawney, Phil the groundhog is pulled from a tree stump. If he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring is just ahead. As I spoke with Phil about controversy involving People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), he wore dark sunglasses, smoked an unfiltered Camel cigarette and sipped bourbon.

Purcell: PETA says that groundhogs are constantly alert when out of their burrows — that yanking you out of a stump before bright lights and a large crowd is tantamount to animal cruelty. They want you to be replaced with an animatronic groundhog. What say you?

Phil: Man, those cats have to lighten up. Do I dig the big crowds and bright lights? No, but let's put things in perspective. I only work one day a year. Show me a groundhog who wouldn't want a gig like that.

Purcell: PETA argues that your natural cycle has been disrupted. You should be hibernating this time of the year.

Phil: Hibernating is for chumps. Only a fool would want to be in a comatose state in a dirt hole — so cold his blood barely flows and his temperature is a few degrees above freezing — when he could live a life of luxury indoors.

Purcell: But the organizers of the event, the Inner Circle, are exploiting you for human entertainment and profit.

Letter from JWR publisher

Phil: That profit has afforded me all the luxuries a groundhog could want. I get free health care from my personal veterinarian. I eat as much lettuce, carrots, apples and grains as I want. I have a fine bachelor burrow that includes a running brook. And the Inner Circle fellows supply me with three female companions — the finest lady ground dwellers this side of the Mississippi.

Purcell: The Inner Circle is trafficking in woodchucks of the night! Sir, PETA believes you'd be happier in your natural habitat.

Phil: My natural habitat involves becoming the dinner of several larger creatures. Look, man, the cats at PETA need to lighten up. America needs to lighten up. You Americans need to get your priorities in order.

Purcell: Our priorities?

Phil: Look, man, there is animal cruelty out there. PETA does some good things fighting against it. But complaining about me is ridiculous. There are real problems in the world — poverty, pain, suffering. Even America is struggling.

Purcell: What is your point?

Phil: My point is that many of you cats are spoiled. You've misused your wealth — taken it for granted. Many of you no longer know where wealth comes from or how it is maintained. You elect politicians who do boneheaded things to squash it — they destroyed California and are trying to do likewise to the whole country.

Purcell: You follow our politics?

Phil: I read the papers every day — before I do my business on them. Look, your "educated" people lack common sense. They are easily misled by silver-tongued politicians. Many went broke investing in real estate schemes because they assumed prices would never go down.

Purcell: You're losing me, groundhog.

Phil: Look, as your people attained material wealth, you let yourselves become spiritually and emotionally poor. So desperate are you for meaning, you latch on to some nutty "causes." One involves the well-being of a groundhog in Punxsutawney, who is fully aware of his blessings.

Purcell: You've been brainwashed, Phil. We need to break you out of here.

Phil: If you or anyone disrupts my groundhog heaven, you'll experience a burrow where the sun don't shine.

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