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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 April 22, 2013 / 12 Iyar, 5773

Real questions in evil's wake

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Martin Richard's life ended as he waited at the Boston Marathon finish line on a local holiday. He was there to celebrate his dad's victory with his family. Instead, he is dead and his family's life is changed forever.

When I heard that the 8-year-old victim of the marathon bombings had just received First Communion, I thought immediately of Christina-Taylor Green. She's the 9-year-old who was murdered in Jared Loughner's 2011 rampage in Tucson. She had recently undergone that rite, as well -- she, too, had an unforgettable smile. It's the look of innocent joy, an encounter with hope. She was prone to thanksgiving: "We are so blessed. We have the best life," she would say to her family.

Christina-Taylor's name and now Martin's become for us a meditation. Not necessarily of a political nature -- the testimony of their truncated lives calls us deeper. The photo of Martin in a classroom holding up a sign that says, "No more hurting people. Peace." has understandably gone viral. But merely collectively "Liking" the sentiment lets us off easy.

Jarring attacks on innocents cry out for us to do something. To really and truly build a culture of life, as Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley urged at the prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross three days after the marathon ended in death and destruction.

"This Patriots' Day shakes us out of our complacency and indifference and calls us to focus on the task of building a civilization that is based on love, justice, truth and service," he said.

"We do not want to risk losing the legacy of those first patriots who were willing to lay down their lives for the common good. We must overcome the culture of death by promoting a culture of life, a profound respect for each and every human being made in the image and likeness of G0D, and we must cultivate a desire to give our lives in the service of others," he went on.

We are reminded, too, of our common bond: vulnerability. This should compel us to service and support, to friendship and love. And it's not easy -- a mere donation to the Red Cross is not the true charity that we're called to.

While many scrambled to find a motive for the attacks, Rev. Roberto Miranda of a Baptist church in nearby Roxbury named the problem: "As we have confirmed so graphically this week, wickedness does exist in this world," he said at the Holy Cross prayer service.

"We are people of faith," he continued. "We believe in a benevolent G0D who holds a steady hand over history; who even as He allows hatred and fanaticism to have its moment, has also declared time and time again, through the many voices of millennial faiths, that in the end, goodness will always prevail."

Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC said it best during the Friday Boston manhunt that shut down a city and transfixed a nation: "People do crazy things."

And so what do we do with the uncertainty and insecurity left in the wake of an encounter with evil? We recommit to what is good. If we take Martin's poignant message to heart, it will change the way we treat one another. Was I impatient with my brother? Did I ignore my sister? Did I hurt him? Before he celebrated his First Communion, Martin would have taken part in the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. He would have asked himself similar questions.

In the midst of mourning and fear, Boston and a nation gathered to give thanks. To come together and better understand freedom and evil and redemption, raising the kind of questions that laws or manhunts alone can't solve. That's not the work of legislation, but a lifetime of sacrifice, service, born out of and fueled by love.

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