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December 2, 2014

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 Aug 8, 2012 / 20 Menachem-Av, 5772

Shock, Awe, Life, Death

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was a most extraordinary day.

Americans got to sit in front of their TVs and watch a man with no legs run in the Olympics, a massacre occur in Wisconsin and a nuclear-powered rover land on Mars after traveling 352 million miles, blazing through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph and set down safely, after requiring a correction of only 10 feet.

All extraordinary. Except for the massacre. That's becoming pretty ordinary. Only six people were murdered by a lone gunman. That's half the number murdered by a lone gunman in Aurora, Colo., two weeks before.

So maybe things are looking up.

After all, the people killed in both cases were engaging in high-risk activities. In Wisconsin, they were worshipping in a temple. In Colorado, they were going to a movie.

So what do you expect?

A safe activity in America these days is staying home and watching TV. With the doors locked. And not opening them for anybody. Including the pizza guy, who could be packing a .40 caliber Glock along with the pepperoni. (Suggestion: Order thin crust and have him slip it under the door.)

But why dwell on the negative?

Oscar Pistorius, the 25-year-old runner from South Africa, often called "the fastest man on no legs," became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics this weekend.

He has been the object of controversy, some charging that his carbon fiber, curved-blade legs give him an unfair advantage because they are both springier and lighter than real legs.

The charges were examined by one athletic body, which banned Pistorius from competing against able-bodied athletes, and then by a higher athletic body that reversed the ban.

The Olympics has banned performance-enhancing drugs and performance-enhancing swimsuits, and it is not unreasonable to consider whether prosthetics unfairly enhance performance.

As The New York Times pointed out in a lengthy magazine piece on Pistorius, his running legs weigh only 5.4 pounds each, while a flesh-and-blood leg for somebody his size would weigh about 12.6 pounds.

And the blade legs are springy. But you have to consider that when Pistorius' legs were amputated when he was 11 months old, his muscles and nerves were amputated, too. He has to use different muscles to move those legs and different nerves.

The human body has had about 7 million years to evolve in its upright form, and Pistorius is using his body in ways that it was not designed for. Prosthetics rarely, if ever, make you as good as new, let alone better than new. His blade legs lack feet, for instance, and feet are another miracle of evolution. (When Pistorius is not running he wears ordinary prosthetic legs that, I imagine, are similar to my own.)

Like all athletes, Pistorius lives to compete, and on Saturday in London, he competed in the Olympics, coming in second in his 400-meter heat. On Sunday, he ran in the semifinals and came in dead last.

But that was not the extraordinary moment. The extraordinary moment came seconds after the finish when Grenada's Kirani James, a world champion and the winner of the heat, came over and exchanged his bib with Pistorius.

Pistorius looked very surprised and very pleased, and after the two hugged, James held up Pistorius' bib to the crowd, celebrating the triumph of the loser.

Also on Sunday, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney expressed their regrets about the murder of six Sikhs at a temple outside Milwaukee. Obama said he and Michelle were "deeply saddened." Romney said he and Ann extended their "thoughts and prayers to the victims."

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney held his regular press briefing and got about 15 questions — a high number — about gun control.

He answered all the same way: The president and first lady felt terrible, our country has been enriched by Sikhs, and President Obama will continue "towards common-sense measures that protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens" but make it more difficult for "those who should not have weapons under existing law to obtain them."

But what about new laws, considering that existing laws are clearly inadequate? The questioning by reporters on the subject went on and on, but ended thusly:

"Q: My last question — so is the White House Office of Legislative Affairs actively working with congressional leaders, congressional staffers, now on issues of gun control and a new assault weapons ban?"

"Mr. Carney: I don't have any legislative update for you. I think Congress is out of session at the moment."

Ah, America. Space is clearly a happier place at the moment. Nor is exploring it as expensive as people think. The NASA annual budget is about $17.8 billion. Sound high?

Our current military budge is more than $680 billion a year.

According to The Wall Street Journal's "Market Watch," writing last Dec. 15: "The nine-year-old Iraq war came to an official end on Thursday, but paying for it will continue for decades until U.S. taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $4 trillion."

All to find imaginary weapons of mass destruction. By comparison, space exploration is not expensive. War is expensive.

Nor is space exploration foolish. Easy access to deadly weapons is foolish.

Our exploration of space should continue. And then our next goal should be to search for signs of intelligent life on Earth.

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