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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 Oct. 27, 2003 / 1 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

The Mideast crisis can be solved by — Hollyweird?

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

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Have Jason Alexander, Rhea Perlman, Danny Devito, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, pictured at right, spent a tad too much time in the fantasy factory?

http://www.jewishworldreview.com |(KRT) JERUSALEM — After honing his skills as a vampire, international spy and the Grim Reaper, sex symbol Brad Pitt is joining a cadre of other Hollywood stars to tackle a project that no one has ever pulled off: making peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Their goal is to promote a peace plan dreamed up by average Israelis and Palestinians in an unofficial referendum planned for early next year, the initiative's local organizers say. Using issues raised in myriad proposals that have floated between the warring sides over the past decade, voters will be asked to develop a template for their leaders to reach a peace agreement, said Mohammad Darawshe, a prominent Arab-Israeli civic leader who helped found the initiative.

"This is not just an intellectual exercise, it's a grassroots effort," he said.

Pitt's wife, "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, grouchy fireplug Danny De Vito and his wife, "Cheers" waitress Rhea Perlman, and "Seinfeld" sidekick Jason Alexander are among the celebrities promoting the initiative, which is to be completed within two years.

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The actors serve on the board of an organization called OneVoice that was established with private and corporate donations following the failed Camp David Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2000.

Top regional academics and analysts will use feedback from public focus groups to craft the wording of 20 topics. Israelis and Palestinians will then be asked to vote on those issues via computer and telephone starting in January, Darawshe said. The referendum will be carried door-to-door in technologically isolated Israeli and Palestinian areas.

People will be asked to consider so far unsolvable problems such as the fate of Palestinian refugees, sovereignty over Jerusalem and the control of borders and water supplies.

"This document will hopefully be owned by a million Israelis and a million Palestinians when we're finished. They will have crafted it," he said.

Whether the actors will actually travel to the region to promote the initiative remains up in the air, although Pitt and actor Edward Norton expressed an interest in coming earlier this year during a fundraiser at DeVito's and Perlman's house.

Violence during the start of the uprising forced Pitt and fellow heartthrob Robert Redford to abandon plans to shoot scenes for their espionage thriller "Spy Game" in Tel Aviv in the fall of 2000.

"The last few years of conflict mean that yet another generation of Israelis and Palestinians will grow up in hatred," Pitt and Aniston are quoted as saying on the OneVoice Web site. "We cannot allow that to happen."

The OneVoice plan is the third unofficial blueprint to peace unveiled since the summer by prominent Israelis and Arabs who say they are frustrated by their governments' inability to end the bloodshed. But this proposal thus far has been spared biting criticism by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, probably because it's perceived as a public relations exercise rather than a political one, Israeli analysts say.

Israeli officials and media have lambasted former peace negotiator Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Cabinet member Yasser Abed Rabbo .

One Israeli radio anchor, Yael Dan, on Wednesday reduced it to a fashion statement: "Yossi Beilin is 'out', and Brad Pitt, 'in.' "

Some Israeli public opinion experts dismiss the Hollywood involvement as gimmickry. "Women and girls will scream and yell at the airport and throw their panties at him (Pitt)," said Uri Dromi of the Israel Democracy Institute. But "like everything else, when it comes to real things people don't really buy this sh-t.

"These guests coming from abroad, what do they know about life here?" Dromi asked.

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