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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

Lights out, losers! Much of Gaza without electricity as Israel targets area's only power plant

By Joel Greenberg




Jewish State Signals It's Digging In for Long Fight


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JERUSALEM — (MCT) Israel on Tuesday knocked out the only power plant in the Gaza Strip, flattened the house of the top Hamas leader in the coastal enclave and killed more than 100 Palestinians, health officials said, as it intensified bombardments after losing 10 soldiers in militant attacks.

The fierce barrage from land, sea and air marked an escalation in Israel's offensive against Hamas and allied militant factions, as the campaign entered its fourth week with no signs of a breakthrough in international efforts to broker a cease-fire.

An announcement by the Palestine Liberation Organization that Palestinian factions were ready for a 24-hour "humanitarian truce" was rejected by Hamas, reflecting the political divisions that have stymied attempts to end the fighting.

Towering flames and plumes of smoke rose from the power station after its fuel depot was shelled, forcing it to shut down and cutting electricity to Gaza City and wide areas of the densely populated coastal strip where 1.8 million Palestinians live.

"The power plant is finished," said its director, Mohammed al Sharif.

Fathi Sheik Khalil, an official of the Gaza Energy Authority, said it would take at least a year to repair fire damage to turbines, fuel tanks and the control room. It was the third time since 2006 that Israeli forces have targeted the plant.

Even before the shutdown, Gaza residents had electricity for only a few hours a day because fighting had damaged power lines from Israel, which provides some supplementary power in return for payments.

The loss of electricity also threatened the water supply in Gaza, because power is needed to operate water pumps.

Israeli airstrikes targeted symbols of Hamas control, reducing to rubble the vacated home of Ismail Haniyeh, the group's top leader in Gaza, and blasting the offices of Hamas' Al Aqsa television and radio stations in a media building in downtown Gaza City. At least two mosques and government offices were also hit.

"My house is not more valuable than the house of any other Gazan, and destroying stones will not break our determination and resistance," Haniyeh said in a statement. "We will resist until freedom."

Palestinian and Hamas flags, along with a framed portrait of Haniyeh, were placed on the debris of his home.

The army said it had struck more than 70 targets, including four weapons storage sites hidden in mosques, and the Hamas TV and radio stations, which it said had been used to broadcast messages from the group's military wing "to incite Palestinians against Israel and transmit orders and messages to Hamas operatives."

The Palestinian death toll climbed beyond 1,100, according to health officials, as fresh strikes were reported on homes, some of which the army asserted had been used as "command and control centers" by Hamas militants.

At least seven people were killed in shelling of the Jabalya refugee camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, and others were feared buried under collapsed homes, according to local reports.



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The house of the mayor of al Bureij refugee camp was struck, and five bodies were pulled from the rubble, including those of the mayor, his 70-year-old father and three relatives, medical officials said.

In the southern town of Rafah, seven members of the extended Abu Zeid family, including four women and a child, were killed when their home was hit, and five members of the Duheir family died in a strike on their house, according to local reports.

In Khan Yunis in the central Gaza Strip, five members of the Najjar family were killed when their home was shelled, medical officials said.

The stepped-up shelling and airstrikes followed the deaths of 10 Israeli soldiers on Monday.

Four were killed in a mortar strike on an army staging area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, another was killed in Gaza by an anti-tank rocket fired at a military bulldozer, and five more died when Hamas gunmen tunneled into Israel and sneaked into a fortified military lookout post. Footage from a video distributed by Hamas shows the gunmen making their way into the Israeli position, shooting a soldier in the courtyard and trying to seize his body before fleeing, apparently under fire.

The military delayed announcement of the deaths of the five soldiers in the tunnel attack until Tuesday morning, apparently to allow for notification of their families. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the offensive in Gaza until Israeli forces destroy networks of Hamas tunnels, some of which lead across the border into Israel.

A total of 53 Israeli soldiers have died in the campaign, along with two Israeli civilians and a Thai laborer killed by rocket and mortar strikes in Israel.


The difficulty of negotiating a cease-fire was made clear in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday when leaders of the PLO, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that Palestinian factions were ready for a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire and would favorably consider a United Nations proposal to extend the truce for 72 hours.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PLO secretary-general, said that following consultations with Hamas and the militant Islamic Jihad group, it was agreed to send a unified Palestinian delegation to Cairo for truce talks "under the PLO umbrella."

But Hamas, whose relations with Abbas have been strained despite a reconciliation accord reached in June with his mainstream Fatah faction, denied that it had accepted any cease-fire initiative.

"We will consider a cease-fire when Israel commits to it with international guarantees," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman.

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