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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 23, 2012/ 5 Menachem-Av, 5772

After another shooter's rampage, a numbing, random dread

By Mitch Albom








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We were coming out of a movie theater. There were four of us. This was Thursday, just about midnight.

"Hey, we could go see the Batman premiere," one of us said.

We looked at each other. It was tempting -- to be so spontaneous, to act so young, to stay out late and be among the first to see this hot new film.

"Nah ... I can't stay up."

"Why go and fall asleep?"

"We'll see it next week."

We drove home, feeling old.

We awoke the next morning, feeling lucky.

Twelve people dead. Fifty-nine wounded. A gunman spraying bullets as the movie played on, then later allegedly telling police he was the Joker. You wonder how many people outside the Colorado theater that night were just like us in Michigan, only instead of saying, "Nah" they said, "Yeah, let's go in."

Are any of them dead today? Or carrying fragments of bullets in their bodies?

What do you say after an event like this? Do you say it's the guns? It's the violence? It's society?

It is the guns, but not just the guns. It is the violence, but not just the violence. It is society, but not just society.

It's the person.

And it's always the person.

Look, you can fill the streets with weapons, I still won't pick one up. You can show me a marathon of violent films, I still won't want to act them out. Something likely snapped inside the mind of the suspect, James Holmes -- as it likely did for an immigrant who shot and killed 13 others in Binghamton, N.Y., in 2009, or a former student at Northern Illinois University who shot and killed five others in 2008, or the Virginia Tech murderer who killed 32 people and then himself in 2007, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

And when a mind snaps evil, that's when easy gun availability becomes a factor, that's when violent images may fuel the imagination, that's when an alienating society may fan the murderous flames.

But we know very little about what motivated the Colorado shooter except what's been slapped against the wall by a frantic media. We only know that he purchased his guns legally, he'd never had anything worse than a speeding ticket, and on paper, anyhow, he was an unlikely killer, a doctoral student in neuroscience.

People always say, "We should have seen this coming." But if your first bad act is going to be a mass murder, I'm not sure anyone can see it coming.

And the truth is, nobody knows nobody.

I do know this. Like many of you, I grow increasingly depressed by the randomness of it all and by survivors who make you heave with sadness, like the 19 year-old woman named Salina Jordan who told a Denver news camera: "You hear the alarm go off, it says 'Murder in the theater.' It's just going off: 'Murder in the theater! Murder in the theater!' It's crazy that they got an alarm saying there was a murder in the theater."

Crazy?

That's a good word for all of this.

I spoke with a news anchor in Denver on Friday who was covering this story, as she had covered the Columbine High School shooting 13 years ago. She said she was "trembling." She's a mother of three and she lamented that "now we have to worry about going into a movie theater."

But the fact is, we always had to worry about going into a movie theater. It's a dark place with few exits and lots of people. If a deranged individual wants to shoot it up, you're in trouble.

But the same can be said of a church. A crowded mall. A concert hall. A train station. Should we never go to those? Columbine proved that high school hallways are not safe. Virginia Tech showed that even a campus is not big enough.

You always have to worry, but it's not the places you have to worry about. It's the shooters. They can strike anywhere.

While it may be true that guns don't kill people, people kill people, a person with an assault rifle can do a lot more killing than a person without one.

And another one just did.

It's a cliché when this happens, but it's nonetheless true, that you never know how many moments you are given in this world, and you never know which decisions -- like going home instead of going in -- might save your life.

You only know that when you wake up in the morning, safe and with your loved ones, you should count yourself lucky, and keep your eyes open as the day goes on.




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