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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 May 17, 2004 /26 Iyar, 5764

To be a Jew: What the murderers of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl knew

By Jay D. Homnick



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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Nick Berg, like Daniel Pearl before him, was captured for being American but murdered for being a Jew. Striking indeed is this insight of the Arab fiends: That the Jew is their strongest enemy. All the might of three hundred million Americans is surmountable, they think, but the Jew is the foe who will not go away.


They are right. The word Jew denotes an engine of history that will not falter.


To honor Nick and Daniel, my brothers, I offer this reflection — cultivated in the wake of their inspiration — upon the meaning of the word Jew.

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Jew means the compassion of Abraham, hopping to South America, skipping to Africa, jumping to Iraq, bringing water to a parched throat, building a roof over a bedraggled head, opening a book for a neglected mind. As Michael Berg said of his son, he was the best friend of the people of Iraq, seeking to rebuild their country. His comfortable life in Philadelphia did not cool his heart with the lullaby of apathy. He sought to expand "the city of brotherly love" to embrace the far, dark corners of the globe.


Jew means the self -sacrifice of Isaac, subordinating individual impulses to the larger cause. This includes a willingness to have less, to take less, even to be less, in order to do more. The sacrifice of Isaac is based on "And he saw the place from a distance" (Genesis 22:4), a vision that encompasses a longer timeline, shrinking the urgency of the appetent moment. Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg hoped to avoid the total surrender; the flinty logic of history overruled. By highlighting their vision, we give meaning to their gift.


Jew means the honesty of Jacob, giving a dollar's work for a dollar's pay and then some. "I took responsibility; from my hand you may seek an accounting…. It was in the day that the sun consumed me, then frost into the night." (ibid 31:39, 40) Daniel Pearl would not have been remiss in his fidelity to the Wall Street Journal had he done his reporting from a perch on a bar stool, as do most of his brother newshounds. He would not settle for that; he followed a lead on a major terrorist and walked into the jaws of death.


Jew means the drive to "save" people that is the legacy of Moses; he saved a Jew from an Egyptian, a Jew from his friend, and in his greatest test, he saved a group of Midianite girls whom he did not know from being ripped off by a group of roughnecks. He did that while a fugitive with a death warrant in his home country and no passport in the host country. Who can fail to hear the echo of that brand of heroism in Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, traversing treacherous zones of anarchy in an effort to introduce a savior to people who have known only the oppressor?


Jew means the optimism of a Miriam, never doubting that her brother would survive, encouraging her parents (according to the Talmudic tradition) and cheering up the children. The cruel hoax of the first Gulf War, where the Americans dangled the prize of freedom and then abandoned Iraq to the monster, left the Iraqis with the cynical view that hope itself is a sucker punch, a fool's game. A Nick Berg comes to impassion people with a surge toward hope, a dream of achieving against the odds, a vigor to take command of one's fate.


Jew means the ability to survive tragedy like Aaron, who absorbed the death of his two young sons in silence, then rebuilt to create a dynasty of service that has endured for over three millennia. Look at the Jewish People as a whole: the modern wave of "enlightened post-Darwinian" anti-Semitism began in 1875, when the Jewish population in the world numbered 7.5 million. Over the next century, nearly that amount of Jews was exterminated. When it was over, the Jews had about thirteen million people and their own country. The Pearl and Berg families, carrying on, memorializing their sons in personal and philanthropic ways, practice this hardy ethos.


Jew means the preparedness to serve in the governments of other nations like Joseph, lending political, diplomatic and administrative skills to countries of residence. Far from being a parochial enclave, the Jews have helped to hammer out constitutions and create democratic institutions the world over. Pearl and Berg, trying to help new governments find their legs, represent this dedication no less than do the Wolfowitzes and Abramses.


Jew means seeking the truth at any price like Ruth, the princess of Moab who abdicated her royalty to be a commoner among Jews. Pearl and Berg came from dignified intellectual families, but went out and got their hands dirty in pursuit of the good. Ruth's queenly nature shone through; her great-grandson, David, was anointed king.


Finally, Jew means the spine to govern their own nation like King David and stand up to the criticism — and cynicism — of the skeptical and mean- spirited. It means taking down a Yassin or a Rantisi even though we may project that it will cost us a Pearl or a Berg. The contributions of Jews everywhere to making a better world are so much more meaningful in an era when they have their own proud country. A fledgling country, true, but rich in resources and resourcefulness — from spiritual to military, from poetic to technological.


The Torah was etched into stone and brought down a mountain. In our time, Pearl is the precious stone and Berg is the noble mountain.


At sunset of May 24, Jews the world over will observe the holiday of Shavuos, in which Jews re-enact the Encounter at Sinai 3316 years ago. This year, every Jew should celebrate with head held high.

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JWR contributor Jay D. Homnick is the author of many books and essays on Jewish political and religious affairs. Comment by clicking here.

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