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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 Sept. 5, 2007 / 23 Elul, 5767

9-11 fatigue ignores real meaning of date

By Jonathan Tobin



Eric H. Yoffie (left), leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, is introduced to the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention by Sayyid Syeed, a national official with the society
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Reform head's misguided push against 'Islamophobia' highlights revival of a 9/10 mentality


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Six years after planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, a lot of Americans are getting bored with the obsessive desire to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001.


That was the essence of a front-page story in the Sunday New York Times on Sept. 2 and, it must be admitted, reflects a growing tendency to downplay both 9/11 and the need to mourn its victims. After all, we are told, more than sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans no longer obsess about Dec. 7.


In that light, some believe it is time to start ratcheting down the hype about 9/11 and placing in its proper historical perspective as a national tragedy but not one that that should dominate our thinking or the way we live our lives.


But the problem with this line of thought is that, as grievous as the murder of the nearly 3,000 souls who perished on that day was, the horror of the events of 9/11 went deeper than the loss of those persons.

NATION AT WAR
On 9/11, Americans understood that what had happened was not an isolated criminal act but a direct assault on the symbols of American sovereignty and commerce. Though it was not the first time Al Qaeda had attacked us, it was the moment that most of us understood that there was a war going on between Islamists and the West. We also knew that the United States must start taking that war seriously. Implicit in this understanding was the notion that our national apathy about Islamic terrorism had to end.


And that brings up a major difference between 9/11 and Dec. 7. If we no longer think much about the latter, it isn't only because of the passage of time but because the war against Japanese imperialism that it symbolized was won. Our battle against Islamism is not only not over, it may well still be in its opening stages.


Another significant point is that because of 9/11, Americans also began to comprehend that there was little difference between Al Qaeda and the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorists who were and are still engaged in terror attacks on Israel.


While not all measures adopted by the U.S. government to fight back against Al Qaeda have been universally popular, there has been little question that aggressive counter-terrorist strategies were a must. But little by little, support for this way of thinking about the misnamed "war on terrorism" (it is not a war on terror but one against the Islamists who have employed terrorist tactics against us) has eroded.


Part of the problem is that these efforts have, at least to date, been successful and there has been no repeat of 9/11 or worse. That is something few of us thought likely six years ago.


Obviously, the unpopular stalemated war in Iraq has also undermined the national consensus as has the belief on the part of many administration critics that this issue has been manipulated for political gain.


So it is little surprise that at this highly partisan moment in American history many of us would start to think of 9/11 as just another sad date on which a lot of people died and not a point around which the nation needed to rally.

REFORM RED HERRING
This spirit has also affected our ability to think clearly about groups that form the support system for terror. Indeed, organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North American, both named as unindicted co-conspirators in the prosecution of those funding Hamas terrorists, are being treated as not only legitimate but worthy of defense by both politicians and even some Jewish leaders.


That Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union of Reform Judaism, the country's largest Jewish denomination, would not only speak to a conference of the Islamic Society, as he did last week, but do so specifically with the agenda of denouncing "Islamophobia" rather than using it as an opportunity to denounce the rising tide of Jew-hatred in the Muslim world, is a development that is as astonishing as it is lamentable.


"Islamophobia" is a red herring, a false debating point which seeks to change the subject from the very real threat of the infiltration of Islamist extremism in the United States to a focus on the mythical discrimination to which American Muslims are supposedly being subjected.


The truth is, despite the justified anger at 9/11 and the manifest failure of "mainstream" Muslim groups such as the one Yoffie honored with his presence to denounce terror, there has been little or no backlash against American Muslims (in return for his visit, the Islamic Society did finally explicitly condemn terror but the real test, as with the Palestinians, will be what it says to its own constituents, not statements aimed at gullible Jews).


Indeed, the government has forbidden common-sense profiling of likely terror suspects at airports (i.e. young Muslim males, not the white female octogenarians who are just as likely to be stopped by this farcical security measure as Islamists) and President Bush has said that Islam is a "religion of peace" so often that it has become something of tired joke.


By reaching out to a group whose origins and present conduct place it on the wrong side of the debate on terrorism, Yoffie has given them a Reform kosher certificate which they will be able to brandish as they seek to advance their anti-Israel as well as pro-Islamist agendas.


Unfortunately, this egregious misjudgment, which will have long-term negative implications for the pro-Israel community's ability to combat extremism, isn't an isolated example. It is part and parcel of the same trend of 9/11 fatigue that the Times explored in an article that never once mentioned the words terrorism or Islam.


If that is the direction in which our national conversation is heading, we will be making a huge mistake. Though, thank heaven, Islamic terrorists have not yet duplicated 9/11, they have not ceased their efforts to do so. As Israelis have come to learn, the battle against these terrorists cannot be won in a day or even a year but requires both patience and perseverance.


Though some of us may be tired of remembering 9/11, a return to the apathy of 9/10 is a luxury that no one in the West can afford.

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