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 August 4, 2011 / 4 Menachem-Av, 5771

In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A couple of recent news items remind us of just how primitive and often unthinking our world remains, despite the Buck Rogers technology that increasingly pervades what we like to think is modern society.

Although the incidents have no connection and to link them in a column might seem a stretch, there is a distinct pattern of senselessness in both. One clearly strains the credibility of our foreign policy and another seems a testimonial to bad judgment often found in American courts.

In Afghanistan where Americans are dying to overcome the radical brutality and 11th century beliefs of the Taliban, two 17-year-olds meet in an ice cream store where she is working and he is a customer. They are attracted to one another but are from different tribes, requiring them to keep any contact at the most superficial level. Finally, she timidly drops a piece of paper on the floor with her telephone number and their relationship moves to another level.

They begin talking on the telephone almost every night and find they have mutual interests and personalities that are compatible. They are both shy and interested in intellectual pursuits. Their conversations continue despite the fact the girl's stepmother disapproves. Whether or not they ever had a date or spent time alone together is not clear. But after a lengthy period, they decide they would like to marry and make arrangements to do so.

A cousin of the young man agrees to drive them to the courthouse and they pick up the girl at an arranged spot in the public square. Before driving what news reports say was less than 30 feet, their way is block by another car and several angry men jump out and drag all three from the cousin's vehicle, beating them severely. They are rescued by police officers that have to fight their way through an increasing crowd of rioters bent on doing harm to the couple.

The riots last for a number of hours despite the fact the objects of their wrath have been removed to protective juvenile facilities because the authorities could not trust the parents of either not to harm them. It was a wise decision seeing that the illiterate, ignorant father of the girl has asked that they both be killed because they brought shame on their families by falling in love. Neither obviously will be safe again with their own relatives and may have to be removed to another location where they obviously would be better off.

Most worrisome is the fact that this is not an unusual occurrence in an area where young Americans are putting their lives on the line to protect a society steeped in tribal and religious customs that afford women no rights and punish those accused as miscreants no matter how silly and unjust by the most extreme measures like stoning. It seems reasonable to ask if this is what we are fighting for. Those questioning President Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plans should think again.

Still, just when one believes smugly that our society has better judgment, a case arises that severely lowers our faith in our own institutions to decide issues in a common sense fashion. In Washington State, a court decides that a woman who killed her two daughters, 4 and 8, in their sleep was found innocent by reason of insanity no threat to her teen-age stepsons.

The complicated facts are these. The father of the slain daughters, a retired Marine pilot, divorced the woman and remarried. They had two sons but later divorced. In the settlement, they shared custody of the boys. But suddenly the first wife is released and has moved back in with the pilot unbeknownst to the second wife who realizes her sons have been living at times in the same house. She filed suit to alter the arrangement. Seems sensible doesn't it? The commissioner who ruled against her conceded that he would not trust the woman around his own son if that were the case but that was an emotional response the court could not indulge given the woman's release from a mental institution with a clean bill of health. She is now certified sane, case closed.

Both incidents portend tragedy.

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