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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 April 29, 2014 /29 Nissan, 5774

Mail Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Froma Harrop



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | VENICE, Calif. — This beach community is LA's latest magnet for hip, cool and gentrification. Modest cottages currently sell for an immodest $2 million, even as homeless people, sprawled on nearby lawns, holler for handouts.

Not everyone here agrees on what constitutes change for the better, but there's a certain unity of anger over the sale of Venice's historic post office to producer Joel Silver ("The Matrix").

The Spanish-style structure, built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, was a community hub and attraction. It is here that Orson Welles filmed the gloomy opening in "Touch of Evil." The privatized landmark will soon re-emerge as the home of Silver Pictures.

The U.S. Postal Service's bizarre decision to sell beloved old buildings to raise quick cash has created angst across the country. A 1937 post office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was razed and replaced by a Walgreens (which, ironically, sells stamps). In New York, the fight's still on over plans to sell the fabulous Bronx General Post Office, a fixture for close to 80 years.

Many such battles are clustered in California's choicer real estate markets. Santa Monica's 1938 post office recently closed. And locals are still trying to stop sales in La Jolla and Berkeley.

"It's totally a real estate thing," Steve Hutkins, a New York University professor who runs the "Save the Post Office" blog, told me. "Scavengers are exploiting situations to grab trophy buildings from the public realm."

Interestingly, the Postal Service hired the commercial real estate firm CBRE to do the sales. Its chairman happens to be the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat. Critics say these buildings are being sold for below assessed value to connected business interests.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, the agency's internal watchdog, has already issued two audit reports criticizing CBRE's handling of sales. And the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has called for halting them.



Folks in Venice seem unimpressed by Silver's contention that he is blessing the neighborhood with Hollywood glamour and 25 jobs.

"We hate Silver and his studios," Greta Cobar, a Venice resident and high-school teacher, told me. "He is currently trying to develop and gentrify the area surrounding his studio, which would eliminate the 'coolness' and 'hipness' that brought him here in the first place."

Venetians don't agree on much, Cobar said, but on this, "people who could not stand being in the same room all of a sudden started working together."

An added thorn has been the fate of the building's glorious Depression-era mural, "Story of Venice." Law requires property holders to give the public access to such artwork, which the public still owns. Silver is offering six days a year by appointment only.

The "process" for closing post offices supposedly gives people time to comment. The Postal Service said that did not apply to Venice because, actually, it was not "closing" a post office but "relocating" to another place nearby. Yes, the public may now use its gruesome sterile storefront down the street, complete with a photograph of the mural.

The Postal Service says it is broke and needs to sell the buildings for the money. But what would $200 million from the sale of real estate do for an agency with an annual budget of $65 billion?

The fiercest pocket of resistance remains Berkeley, where protesters camped out on the steps of their 1914 Beaux Arts post office for 33 days. The city has rezoned the area to restrict use of the building.

Good luck to them. But as Orson Welles said, "if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story."

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