In this issue

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 July 30, 2003 / 1 Menachem-Av, 5763

Bush dreams of democracy and Muslims dream of ‘maidens’ --- both face disappointment

By Zev Chafets

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Email this article | The current issue of Newsweek has been banned in Pakistan.

The magazine's offense was publishing a story about a scholar who claims the Koran has been misinterpreted by Islamic clerics. The scholar, writing under the pseudonym Christoph Luxenberg, says the verse offering "dark-eyed virgins" to martyrs actually promises them, in a closer reading, "white raisins."

This will have come, I'm sure, as a disappointment to Uday and Qusay Hussein, recently arrived in paradise. I can picture them staring sadly at their boxes of Sunkist, wondering how the Zionists stole the virgins.

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That's how it is in the Arab Middle East. You may not have much, but you'll always have a great explanation for failure.

That's because the Arab "world" (extending beyond Araby to Iran and Pakistan) is actually less a world than a bizarre parallel universe where military dictators lecture the United States on democracy, Saudi theocrats hold conferences on human rights and newspaper editors are paid by the Ministry of Information.

In this universe, the sons of Saddam are holy warriors.

"We pledge to you Iraqi people that we will continue in the jihad against the infidels," a spokesman for the Fedayeen Saddam proclaimed on Dubai's Al — Arabia television. "The killing of Uday and Qusay will be avenged."

At least this guy believes the Hussein boys are dead. The parallel universe is full of people who doubt it, despite the fact that the Bush administration has taken great pains to present evidence that even the willfully stupid can't deny, videotapes of the corpses. Some are denouncing the images for their explicitness — a joke in a region where the enemies of the regime are customarily hung from the lamppost or beheaded in the public square. Brutality is spoken here.

This kind of willful stupidity — the product of centuries of indoctrination — poisons the Islamic Middle Eastern mind. President Bush believes he has the antidote.

The President's domestic critics routinely describe him as intellectually lazy. But, wittingly or not, Bush has committed himself to an ambitious experiment. He means to test the hypothesis that humans are inherently disposed to liberty and reason.

The Islamic establishment from Morocco to Pakistan is intent on defeating Prof. Bush's grand experiment. And they are coming together in a coalition of the unwilling. They mean to prove that Bush is wrong and indeed that everything America is or does is wrong.

This coalition puzzles Western experts. It doesn't seem to fit together.

How, for example, can Saddam's "secular" loyalists speak of holy war against America? Why, they ask, should Syrian Baathist rivals of Iraq make common cause with dissident Saddamites across the border?

Farther afield, they wonder what explains the willingness of Shiite Iran to harbor Sunni Al Qaeda activists? Or of the Saudis to support Osama Bin Laden — a man supposedly intent on overthrowing the House of Saud?

The answer to this is simple. The regimes of the Islamic Middle East, whatever their ideological, ethnic and theological differences, are more united than divided. What most unites them is their commitment to common means of control — delusion and paranoia and xenophobia.

Depressingly, the war in Iraq shows that the coalition of the unwilling is holding the line. There have been no mass uprisings against dictators in Cairo, Riyadh, Damascus or Beirut. Even Iran, supposedly seething with a desire for freedom, has yet to produce a serious challenge to the ayatollahs.

No, the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has not knocked over any neighboring dominos. On the contrary. Unbending opposition throughout the Arab world to the American victory strengthens the certainty within the self — proclaimed Iraqi resistance that — despite the fall of Saddam — all is essentially right within their familiar universe.

It is in this context that the skepticism over the killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein should be understood. The people in the parallel universe who say that they're not dead and or who say that it's wrong to show them dead, are making the same point. They hate America.

Soon enough Saddam, too, will be killed or captured — and once more millions of Muslims, in Iraq and beyond, will deny that he is dead and denounce the U.S. for doing away with him.

Bush is betting that they won't be a majority. He may even think that the end of Saddam will wake people up to reality and allow them to assert their natural love of freedom.

It is still too early to know if the President is right. I'm skeptical. In fact, when it comes to the Muslim Middle East, there is really just one thing I am sure of, and it comforts me. The mullahs and monarchs and modern major generals can ban all the magazines they like, but when the time comes, they're going to be eating raisins.

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