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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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. 15, 2013/ 5 Adar, 5773

Why aren't feathers flying over Brennan nomination?

By Diana West




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We all know what happens when the fox guards the chicken coop -- or do we?

This is not a rhetorical question. Do we Americans understand what happens when a wily predator is custodian of defenseless clucks? Our state of psychological disarmament makes us unable to recognize even such an obvious threat. I can't think of another explanation for why the country hasn't melted down the Capitol switchboard with phone calls to U.S. senators beseeching them not to confirm John Brennan as the next director of the CIA.

What's so scary about Brennan, currently President Obama's top adviser for counterterrorism?

More than any other Obama administration official, Brennan has openly cultivated groups in this country that I describe, with good reason, as being of the jihadist persuasion. Simultaneously, Brennan misinforms or dissembles about the nature of jihad itself. How can such a man helm America's premier intelligence institution, which, at least ostensibly, is engaged in thwarting jihad?

Consider Brennan's interactions with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Despite evidence presented (and later upheld) in federal court during the landmark 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial, which established ISNA as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and financial supporter of the terrorist organization Hamas (a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood), Brennan has continued to meet with ISNA officials and participate in ISNA events.

At ISNA's annual conference in 2009, for example, Brennan delivered the keynote address. In 2010, Brennan spoke at a "town hall" with ISNA president Ingrid Mattson. As former FBI agent John Guandolo wrote recently in a paper he shared with me, Brennan continues to grant ISNA leaders access to senior government officials and support their appointments to key intelligence positions. (Guandolo and I are among the 19 co-authors of "Shariah: The Threat to America.")

"The current president of ISNA, Imam Mohamed Magid, sits on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which reports directly to (Homeland) Secretary (Janet) Napolitano," Guandolo writes. "With the support of John Brennan, Imam Magid works with the National Security Council, which has publicly applauded this Hamas supporter."

Guandolo was referring to praise heaped on Magid in 2011 by then-deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough. McDonough is now Obama's chief of staff.

If this all sounds surreal, welcome to our world. Here, the leader of a group that the U.S. government has designated a conspirator to promote and finance Islamic terrorism is tapped to advise the same government on how to defuse Islamic terrorism -- or, rather, what the government prefers to call "extremism."

The flip side to this affinity for Muslim Brotherhood groups is hostility toward officials who dare to unmask them. Last year, a reporter asked Brennan to assess extremely alarming evidence of Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the U.S. government brought forward by five House Republicans led by Rep. Michele Bachmann -- "the National Security Five," as Newt Gingrich would dub them. Brennan's reaction was to dismiss the charges and the elected representatives. "I have no idea what it is that they are making reference to," Brennan said, "and I'm not even going to try to divine what it is that sometimes comes out of Congress."

His reaction is much the same when it comes to what is called, in military parlance, the "enemy threat doctrine." Take jihad. We must not "describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists,'" Brennan said in 2010, "because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community."

This notion of "jihad" as self-help is often disseminated by dupes in ignorance. It is deception, or "taqiyya," however, when voiced by those who know better. Nonviolent jihad barely shows up in the Quran. (Sorbonne Ph.D. linguist Tina Magaard came up with only one appearance of spiritual struggle in her detailed textual analysis of the Quran -- as opposed to 50 references that invoke violent aggression.) Meanwhile, the first definition of "jihad" in the authoritative Sunni law book "Reliance of the Traveller" reads: "Jihad means to war against non-Muslims."

If intelligence expert Brennan knows this, he doesn't like to talk about it. When he was pressed in 2010 by a member of the Washington Times editorial page for an example of armed jihad in history, Brennan packed up his papers and abruptly left the meeting. I recently watched a video of the meeting, which is on YouTube, and his behavior is very strange.

So are his ideas about Islam and jihad. "Al-Qaida has perverted Islam and has corrupted the concept of Islam," Brennan declared in a 2010 press conference, thereby obscuring the clear Quranic imperatives on waging jihad that drove Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber, to try to bring down a passenger plane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. Why does Brennan, a counterterrorism expert, say such things?

Guandolo offers two possible reasons: 1) Brennan is "functionally incapable of reasonable ... thought on this matter," or 2) he is "intentionally misleading U.S. government leaders on al-Qaida's stated objectives and how they marry up to the requirements of Shariah (Islamic law)."

Either reason disqualifies John Brennan to be CIA director. Still, not one single senator has raised this crucial matter during confirmation hearings.

There is something else. Guandolo has gone public with an allegation that Brennan, while CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, converted to Islam. This allegation is based on anonymous sources within the government who, Guandolo says, "have direct knowledge" of the conversion.

Given Guandolo's own counterterrorism expertise as an FBI subject-expert in Islam and professional observer of the Muslim Brotherhood, his charges carry heft. Detractors try to undermine them by resurrecting an inappropriate sexual relationship Guandolo had as an FBI agent with an FBI informant during a high-profile corruption investigation. This might be relevant if, for example, Guandolo were running for office as a traditional values candidate. He is, however, trying to get information he discovered using his skills as an investigator into the public square for evaluation.

He's halfway there -- that is, the story has entered the pubic square via talk radio, the blogosphere and the news media. Will it be evaluated? It should, for what Guandolo believes it tells us about Brennan.

"Why has (Brennan) kept this piece of information secret?" Guandolo writes. "The reason appears to be self-evident ... Mr. Brennan's conversion to Islam was the culmination of a hostile campaign by a foreign intelligence service ... Someone who has been recruited by a foreign government has necessarily demonstrated he is susceptible to easy manipulation by others and should certainly not lead one of America's intelligence agencies."

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