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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

In congressionally mandated initiative Jewish, Hispanic soldiers from WWII, Korea, Vietnam to get Medal of Honor

By James Rosen




Obama will be presenter


JewishWorldReview.com |

W ASHINGTON— (MCT) President Barack Obama will award the nation's highest military honor to 24 mainly Hispanic and Jewish soldiers in conflicts going back to World War II in a congressionally mandated initiative to overcome past discrimination.

Sen. Bob Nelson, Rep. Ted Deutch and former Rep. Robert Wexler, all Florida Democrats, pushed for recognition of Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz, who has ties to Hollywood, Fla. He died while protecting members of his platoon against a Chinese attack during the Korean War.

"The heroic actions of Pfc. Kravitz clearly merit the highest honor the nation can bestow," Nelson said.

The honoree was the uncle of singer and songwriter Lenny Kravitz, who is of African-American and Jewish descent.

"I am proud to have played a small part in ensuring that no veteran's heroic service will be cast aside due to prejudice," said Deutch, of Boca Raton.

A high school friend of Leonard M. Kravitz, Mitchel Libman, lives in Hollywood, Fla. He asked Nelson to seek a review of Kravitz's Korean War record, Nelson said.

Among more than 3,400 Medals of Honor awarded since 1861, only 17 have gone to Jews, according to Sy Brody of Delray Beach, Fla., author of "Jewish Heroes of America."

Another recipient, Sgt. Candelario Garcia, who was born in Corsicana, Texas, destroyed two enemy machine-gun positions after his unit had taken casualties and helped lead an assault on other enemy forces during the Vietnam War.


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Abraham H. Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, hailed the decision to honor heroic solders from the past.

"In this instance, justice was delayed but not denied," Foxman said.

The 2002 National Defense Authorization Act required the Pentagon to conduct a review of personnel records from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

In a separate Medal of Honor controversy, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that an Iraq war hero would not receive the medal despite the urging of lawmakers and veterans groups.

Backers of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta say he died in the Second Battle of Fallujah after pulling a live grenade under his body to shield members of his unit from the blast.

Peralta received the Navy Cross, the second-highest honor a Marine can receive, in September 2008.



Hagel, saying he had reviewed the case closely, said he was the third Pentagon chief to determine that Peralta's actions didn't meet the standards for a Medal of Honor.

The 24 soldiers named Friday by the White House had previously received the Distinguished Service Cross, the military's second-highest honor. Those awards will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor as a result of the Pentagon review. All 24 served in the Army.

In a subsequent amendment to the 2002 law, Congress directed the Pentagon to include in its review soldiers who were not Hispanic or Jewish but whose valor may have been insufficiently recognized for other reasons.

One of the 24 new Medal of Honor recipients, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, of Cocoa, Fla., appeared to be African-American, based on a photo provided by the Army.

Morris is one of three honorees who are still alive among the 24 newly named Medal of Honor recipients, according to the White House.

Congress waived normal time limits that require a Medal of Honor to be bestowed within two or three years of the acts of valor, depending on the branch of military service.

Nothing in the original law said discrimination had to be the cause of the failure to give the 24 new honorees the Medal of Honor, but that was understood by focusing on Hispanic and Jewish soldiers.

In making its announcement, the White House said that "several soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent" were found worthy of the Medal of Honor, but it did not immediately identify which of the 24 new recipients are Hispanic, Jewish or of a different ethnic or religious background.

Obama will present the Medal of Honor to the three living recipients and to relatives of the other 21 honorees March 18 in a White House ceremony.

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