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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 March 8, 2004 / 15 Adar, 5764

Are lunatics running the Arab asylum?

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen


Actual lynching Ramallah, March 14, 2002
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They're morally bankrupt as ever


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Let's assume for the sake of argument that most Arab leaders are correct in their assertion that the seemingly never-ending string of horrific mass murders the world has suffered for the past several years at the hands of Islamic terrorists, are the work of a relatively small band of crazy fanatics who have hijacked the otherwise peaceful religion of Islam.


When was the last time in the history of civilization that the lunatics were in control of the asylum in so broad and terrifying a way?


I recall reading about some relatively minor, localized incidents like the Salem Witch Trials, and several others. But I think maybe there have been only two times in history during which the forces of darkness had, temporarily, overpowered the light on a massive scale — the appropriately named "Dark Ages," and the Third Reich, otherwise known as the Nazi Holocaust.


In the first instance, a group of religious fanatics was permitted to overrun most of the known world, and plunge human kind into a darkness of culture and spirit that took a whole rebirth, or Renaissance, to pull it out of. Then, like now, there were forced conversions and mass murders, mostly of Jews.


While the black cloud known as the Third Reich that descended upon the world in the 1930s, was not a traditional religious movement, it bore all the earmarks of a cult, and employed many of the same tactics, of forced "conversion" and mass murder, mostly, once again, of Jews, to expand in numbers of adherents, influence and territory controlled.


Most of the world's population were not actual "believers" in either of these cases, but the lunatics nevertheless succeeded in taking over the asylum, primarily because most people are unwilling or unable to "read the writing on the wall" — a Biblical reference describing this type of selective blindness — until it's too late to do much of anything but comply and hope for the best. That's as long as you don't happen to be the lunatics' declared target, that is.


If you are a member of the targeted group, as the Jews coincidentally or otherwise, nearly always seem to be, you also have choices, but they're different ones, all of them are hard, and none of them offer much hope for personal survival.


You can try and be what they say they want you to be, and some people throughout history have taken that approach in an attempt to save themselves and their families. What usually happens to that type, is they are reviled by both their tormentors and their own people for what they're forced to do to stay alive, and they end up victims anyway because, in the end, what they want you to be, is dead.


Another possible choice is to flee, and some people have survived that way, mostly because others have chosen to fight, and succeeded in turning back the darkness before it completely enveloped the world.


I believe the world has collectively failed to see some important writing on the wall for probably 30 years now as far as Islamic terrorists are concerned, and that 9/11 was, in effect, a 100-plus-story message written in indelible black smoke on a clear, blue canvass. It was written in letters big enough for even me to see, and I got the message, but not everyone did. The lunatics have overtaken several wings of the asylum already, and are going for the rest. We need to find a way to stop them before it's too late.


I love life, and I have children I cherish and desperately hope will have long, happy lives. But in my opinion, a world in which terror reigns — in which people are targeted for death and horror because of their faith and the population lives in fear of a group of lunatics who have taken over the asylum — is not a world worth living in.


The world needs to recognize the danger it's in, Jews and Gentiles alike, and band together to dissipate this cloud of locusts before it consumes all that is good in the world.

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