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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 March 15, 2010 / 29 Adar 5770

The Big Down Under Is Small Back Home

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SYDNEY, Australia — Tell me if you've heard this one.


A blonde swimsuit model gets involved with a sports superstar. They are photographed everywhere — two stunning, physically fit young specimens. In time, they announce their engagement.


Then a photograph appears of the model. She is nude in a shower. Someone else's shower. A football player's shower. A married football player's shower.


Her fiance races to her side. In doing so, he abandons his team in the middle of a major contest. His country goes wild. Some demand that he be removed from the team altogether. Others insist that love must conquer all.


After days of breathless controversy, the couple release a statement saying their engagement is off. They ask that the media "respect their privacy during this difficult time."


OK. Tell me who this is.

A STORY THAT'S SO BIG …
If you said Tiger Woods — close, but wrong controversy. If you said David Beckham, close, but wrong sport.


And if you said, "I have no idea; I haven't heard anything about a story like that" — well, you are about to prove my point.


Here in Australia, the above story is beyond big. It is everywhere. It is Brad and Angelina meet Tiger and Erin with a dash of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. It is across the front of every newspaper. It is the lead story on the TV news.


The start-crossed couple is Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle. She appears on magazine covers, in bikinis, and on a TV ice skating competition. And he is a major star on the Australian cricket team.


Yep. Cricket.


Now, to most Americans, the best known name in cricket is Jiminy. So you may laugh at the very idea that anything involving men, wickets and tea sandwiches could be a controversy.


And that is my point. They say the world is shrinking. They say everything is global.


But they also say "all news is local." And when it comes to making an absolute, nonsensical, lose-your-mind fuss over nothing — that, apparently, is the truest statement of all.

A REALLY MESSY AFFAIR
So this Cricket Controversy has been THE water cooler conversation here. Clarke was accused of letting his country down by racing off before an ever-important test against … New Zealand! And Bingle was derided as the hussy who couldn't keep her clothes on and who then sold her story for big bucks to a magazine.

Letter from JWR publisher


(Of course, the football player who took her photo with his cell phone and later released it to the world is not exactly Prince Charming in this story, but then football here isn't the same as football back home, and who wants to get into all that detail?)


In the end, after several days of lovers' torture, Clarke and Bingle released their statement, and he presumably asked for the keys back to his $6 million apartment. (I know it is $6 million because they never stop telling you, although that is $6 million Australian, not American, and who wants to get into all that detail?)


Clarke has returned to his mates for their very important match against New Zealand, while Bingle was last seen laughing at a shopping mall.


And it all means nothing in the U.S.


Which makes me wonder about things like Kobe Bryant's private life, Brett Favre's retirement, Derek Jeter's dating habits or the brief-but-oft-photographed Sergei Fedorov and Anna Kornikova.


Or, for that matter, the sexual proclivities of a New York congressman.


Doesn't it give you pause that for all the newsprint, radio talk, TV footage and heated barbershop conversation, whatever celebrity controversy seems like the biggest story on the planet, someplace, halfway around the world, nobody gives a hoot?


Cricket? Swimsuit model? Honestly. I mean. It's not like they're A-Rod and Kate.


Wait a minute….


Someone down here just said, "Who?"

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