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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

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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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

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Jewish World Review June 20, 2006 / 24 Sivan, 5766

At suicide bomber recruitment rally in Iran, young are just dying to have a blast in Israel

By Christine Spolar


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Even if Hamas recognizes Jewish State's right to exist, preventing foreign co-religionists from doing their taught duty will be an impossibility


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tEHRAN — Hidden behind a black scarf, black robe and black cotton cloth that covered her eyes and slightly muffled her words, the young Iranian woman with a lilting voice pledged to become a suicide bomber.


"I'm not looking for suicide now, but I'm saying I'm willing to be a martyr," said Fatima, 21, as she sat with dozens of other masked brethren on a hot spring day in Tehran's public cemetery.


"We're all coming here to show we support our brothers and sisters in Palestine and across the Muslim world," she said. "You know, Palestine now is like a fish out of water and we're going to water it with our blood."


Shady paths along this expanse of graves beckon those who want to ponder the past, mourn a loss and, at bitter moments, vow revenge.


A few weeks ago, a tiny plaza became a stage for grievance. A rally sponsored in part by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon drew about 200 young people who wanted to chant, trill anthems and praise suicide bombers.


They also signed small white pledge cards, giving their names and addresses as a possible contact for a mission to kill.


Though the exercise was part publicity stunt, the rally gave voice to a strain of religious fervor in Iran and some ideas about why borders don't count for much among those who call for "Islamic justice."

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None of those who spoke at the rally about their interest in martyrdom or repaying Israel with pain were so deft in political gamesmanship.


They pumped their hands in time to the energetic Hezbollah fighting tunes, vowing to kill and die. They spoke earnestly of their duty as Muslims to defend Muslims, even as some admitted that bombing was decried by many clerics and seen by others in their faith as anathema.


As Shiites, their most sacred holiday is the festival of Ashoura, a time of honoring the zeal and sacrifice of Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Hussein fought to his death to defy Sunni Muslim authority. Their small pledges, the Iranian young people said, were deeply relevant to the practice of their ancient religion.


"I pay my respect this way," Fatima said. "The prophet said, whenever you hear a cry for help, you must help. ... We're not looking for suicide, but we are willing to be martyrs."


Mahdiyeh Aliabadi, a 21-year-old psychology student, sat among friends in the crowd. He had come to a similar rally twice before. The gathering was small, he said, but he took comfort in finding young people willing to sacrifice everything for Muslim honor. Only a few people need to feel so deeply to shake the system, he said.


"We'll do whatever the authorities tell us," he said. "Our religion puts this task on our shoulders. What else can we do?"

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