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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

Israel moves to end sworn enemy's favorite gimme

By Batsheva Sobelman




Move comes as pressure increases on Jewish state to 'make nice' with those who aim to destroy it


JewishWorldReview.com |

JERUSALEM — (MCT) An Israeli legislative committee gave initial approval Sunday to legislation that would curb the release of convicted murderers, a policy that if enacted might prevent future political deals calling for prisoner swaps with the Palestinians.


The proposal would have to be approved by the full Knesset to become law.


The legislation calls for judges to be able to sentence convicted murderers to life terms, a stipulation that would bar the president from pardoning them and shortening their sentences.


The bill is designed to block future releases of Palestinian murder convicts from Israeli custody, an action that is often a key element in negotiations with Palestinian leaders.


Israel agreed last summer to release long-serving Palestinian murder convicts to jump-start peace talks. However, their release has been a political challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition. Israel released three groups of prisoners but canceled the last round.



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Israel has "turned a new leaf in the war against terror and its moral obligation to bereaved families," Economy Minister Naftali Bennet said in a Facebook post shortly after the committee vote. "Murderers should die in prison, not celebrate at home."


Opposition lawmaker Zehava Galon expressed sympathy for families of terrorism victims pained by the killers' release. At the same time, she told media, "the government must be allowed a margin of maneuver to release prisoners" as part of a political push for reconciliation and peace.


In the past, Israel has released large numbers of Palestinian and other prisoners including convicted murderers serving life sentences in exchange for living captives or the remains of slain Israeli soldiers held by militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.


It was not clear exactly how the bill would apply. Under current law, the president may pardon prisoners tried in Israel's civilian courts, while Palestinians tried in Israel's military courts in the West Bank must be pardoned by army authorities.


It could also apply to other killers convicted of especially heinous murders, such as cases involving children.


Pardoning prisoners is one of only a few practical powers held by the president under the Israeli system, and the issue taps into another debate preoccupying the political agenda.


President Shimon Peres will complete his term in July. While the campaign to fill the formidable shoes of Israel's most iconic public figure is underway both politically and legally, Netanyahu is said to be seeking to delay the election and possibly abolish the position altogether.


Various questions over the presidency have been raised before, although not in mid-race. Some would like to change the president's authority to tap a politician to form a new government after elections.


According to current Israeli law, 120 lawmakers choose the president, potentially politicizing the choice of the national figurehead. Some say the citizens should elect the president, while others say the post is a wasteful political anachronism.


For many, Peres redeemed the institution disgraced by his predecessor Moshe Katzav, now serving a jail sentence for rape.


Netanyahu, who is out of the country for an official visit to Japan, has not publicly commented on reports he wants to abolish the presidency.


Netanyahu's interior minister, Gideon Saar objects to the idea. "In Israel's heterogeneous and divided society, the president is a unifying figure", he told Israel Radio on Sunday. He also criticized the timing of the debate as undemocratic.

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