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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

Making Sense out of Senselessness

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson


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A silver lining emerges from a dark cloud of tragedy


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Why do the righteous suffer?


The question is not new. In fact, it was asked of the Almighty by Moses as he witnessed the torment of his people under the hand of Pharaoh. Even earlier, it was posed by Abraham when he demanded, "Shall the Judge of all the earth not perform justice?"


We ask the question ourselves when we hear reports of natural disasters, of random violence, of inexplicable accidents. Among the more recent examples was the untimely death of actress Natasha Richardson. A few hours after a seemingly inconsequential tumble on a beginner's ski slope, the 45-year-old actress, wife, and mother began complaining of a headache. Days later, she was dead.


By all accounts, Ms. Richardson was a talented performer, a loyal wife, and a devoted mother. She seems to have eschewed the glitz and superficiality of Hollywood for a quieter, albeit critically acclaimed, career.


Although Natasha Richardson was not a household name, the public responded to her death with unusual passion. Her youth, her reputation, and her modest demeanor in a field known for crass sensationalism, all combined with the bizarre circumstances of her death to make her story uniquely tragic in the eyes of millions. Why should the world lose so fine a person through such a senseless accident?


That question, however, is not being asked by the family of Morgan McCraken of Mentor, Ohio. After failing to dodge a line drive in a backyard baseball game, the seven-year-old girl seemed to recover quickly from the lump on her left temple. She returned to school the next day and aced a spelling test.


But two days after the incident Morgan began complaining of a headache. With the headlines about Natasha Richardson still fresh in their memories, Morgan's parents rushed their daughter to the emergency room. Doctors immediately ordered a helicopter to take Morgan to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, where a pediatric neurologist treated her for epidural hematoma — the same injury suffered by Natasha Richardson. Had they delayed, said Morgan's doctor, the girl would never have woken up again.


Because Ms. Richardson died, Morgan McCraken survived.


It is not for us to compare the value of one life to another. But imagine if little Morgan grew up to discover a cure for cancer, or to develop a solution to world hunger, or to negotiate a lasting peace to any of mankind's ceaseless wars. Imagine if she became a teacher who shaped hundreds of lives who would in turn bring warmth and stability to their communities. Imagine if her children or grandchildren changed the world in some yet unimaginable way. Who knows what accomplishments lie waiting in the potential of a seven-year-old child?


Before the death of Moses on the far side of the Jordan River, the Almighty revealed to him that there would be times when He would "hide His face," times of spiritual darkness when the apparent dominion of evil would convince many in the world that G-d had forsaken mankind. In those days, the loss of hope would drive the Jewish people to the brink of despair, leaving them no recourse but to trust in a justice that defies logic and in an order contradicted by chaos. But where is genuine trust except where all reason has failed? And where is true hope except when we stare into the depths of hopelessness?


Hope is not a cliche or a campaign slogan — it is a way of life that acquires meaning when we begin to understand that the panorama of history is too vast for us to fathom. Only then can we aspire to the genuine trust in the Master Architect who fashioned the world and guides its progress.


Until all is revealed to us in at the End of Days, we cannot expect to know why the righteous suffer, why good and innocent people perish in pogroms and crusades and inquisitions and holocausts. But we can understand that suffering leads to renewal as surely as night precedes the dawn. As we trust in the coming of each new day, so too can we learn to trust in divine wisdom and divine justice even as we endure the inevitable moments of spiritual darkness.


And nowhere can we discover that trust more poignantly than in the smile of every child in whose hands the future resides.

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JWR contributor Rabbi Yonason Goldson teaches at Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis, MO, where he also writes and lectures. Visit him at http://torahideals.wordpress.com .






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