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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 3, 2008 / 29 Sivan 5768

As Americans, more unites us than divides us

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have been both privileged and humbled to see a cross section of America. In the past few years, speaking invitations have taken me across the country, into a residential facility for juvenile girls, to a funeral director's convention, a fish fry for cattle breeders, the U.S. Capitol building and an all-male college.

I am proud to be an American, and I'd like to tell you why:

If I am with women of means who have fur coats and travel to France and Spain, they often assume that I, too, have a fur coat (it must be in storage) and have been to the Arc de Triomphe and Barcelona. I have a wool coat and have been to Canada.

If I am with a group of farmers, they may assume that I am well versed on the ins and outs of no-till farming, cattle futures and the hog markets.

If I am at a city mission, women will talk as though I am experienced with the hassles of bureaucratic red tape and as though I know you can almost always find a job in the housekeeping departments of downtown hotels.

We tend to assume that others are much like ourselves. And even when we find out they are not, we most often welcome them into our circle. For the most part, we are accepting people.

We are not only accepting, we are generous. More than half of the groups I speak to are raising money — for cancer research, heart disease, Alzheimer's, crisis pregnancy centers, symphonies, the arts, neglected children and college scholarships.

After Hurricane Katrina, I addressed a retiree luncheon where men and women on fixed incomes hoped to collect enough money to buy a portable water filtration system for storm victims. They collected enough money to purchase four.

We are accepting, we are generous and we are determined.

I've seen the parents of children with special needs form groups, network and raise money as they thrust themselves head-first into their children's world, gathering information, trading names of specialists, fearlessly tracking research and medical advances.

At a lecture series in Dallas, a murmur rippled through the room as a woman took a seat at a table. One lady began to softly clap and then another and another. It was their tribute to a woman battling breast cancer for the second time.

Strip away the clothes, the cars and the accents, and we are very much the same - human beings made in the image of G-d.

We share the same hurts and sorrows - death and disease, the fallout of divorce, wayward children. We hold tight to the same hopes and dreams - freedom, liberty, independence, strong families, a desire to see our children succeed, to love and be loved.

There is a vast difference between the way popular culture portrays us and the way we really are.

We have our problems - problems that are fodder for election-year campaigns and cable new channels — but we're not nearly as bad as you might think.

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