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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 Nov. 14, 2003 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

Exhibiting courage

By Victor J. Wishna


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Before this year, I had never thought of Veterans Day as a Jewish holiday.


I have a black-and-white photo of my grandfather and his brother Morrie in their World War II army uniforms, and I have heard stories of other family members who were there: My Aunt Emma was a battlefield nurse in Europe. My other Uncle Morris was one of the first occupation troops into Japan. A family friend who I also called "Uncle," Aaron Liepe, used to awe me with his tales of shooting down Japanese Zeroes over China as one of the Flying Tigers. I was proud of all of them. I thought they were exceptional. But I thought they were exceptions.


Not so.


From the exhibit "Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War"


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During the World War II, some 550,000 Jews served in the U.S. Armed Forces. That's more than three times the number of soldiers in Israel's current standing army. That was 11 percent of the total U.S. Jewish population at the time. Half of all Jewish men ages 18 to 44 were in uniform. And they were among the most heroic — more than 52,000 American Jewish servicemen were decorated for gallantry. At least 40,000 were wounded. Some 11,000 lost their lives.


All of this, and much more, I am to learn on Veterans Day, at the opening of a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City. Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War is an unprecedented collection of video testimony, archival footage, photographs, and 450 letters and other artifacts that tells the story of the Jewish men and women who served from Europe to the South Pacific.


As with any worthy New York opening, there are plenty of cameras and plenty of stars — a three-star general here, a three-star admiral there, a Marine Corps colonel or two. Each takes the podium to thank the dozens of Jewish veterans who sit before them, and to tell a story of past Jewish comrades. Lieutenant General William J. Lennox, Jr., commandant of the U.S. Military Academy, invokes the spirit of Colonel David "Mickey" Marcus, a 1924 West Point graduate who served on Patton's general staff and later went to Israel, "where he became the first general of a Jewish army in more than 2,000 years."


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Even anchor/author Tom Brokaw, whose best-selling volume, "The Greatest Generation" made it kosher for World War II vets to share their stories, is on hand to say a few words, including a couple in Hebrew. "One of the veterans described his experience in World War II as the essence of the Jewish tradition of doing mitzvahs, of doing good deeds for someone else, for taking care of each other," he tells his audience. "To me, that is the essence of what we celebrate here today…the idea of doing mitzvahs, whatever your faith."


Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan District Attorney and the museum's chairman, envisioned this exhibit more than four years ago, and Tuesday it inaugurated the building's new Robert M. Morgenthau Wing. Beyond the standard historical fare — old uniforms, photos, newspaper headlines — there are some stirring glimpses of American Jews at war.


There is a film clip of the first Jewish services held at Dachau, conducted by U.S. Army chaplans, and a photo of soldiers observing Kol Nidre at a base camp in Luxembourg, the night before an offensive. There is the bullet-riddled helmet that Major General Maurice Rose was wearing when he was fatally wounded in Germany on March 30, 1945, one of the three stars dislodged by the round that killed him. Rose was the war's highest-ranking and most decorated Jewish military leader, and one of only two European division commanders to be killed in combat — known as "The Spearhead," he always lead from the front.


"It's important for young Jews, for everyone, to see this," Morgenthau tells me as we stand at the center of the 6,500 square-foot exhibition hall. "A lot of people thought, what were the Jews doing? Well, the Jews were out there fighting." His father, Henry, was still Treasury Secretary under FDR when Morgenthau joined the Navy in 1941. Several of the artifacts on display are his — maps of Okinawa that he kept on his destroyer, War Bonds posters, letters home to his parents in Washington.


In the corridor, cheerful octagenarians in colorful coats swap stories of the war and life since. Occasionally, they are interrupted by their own voices, emanating from video monitors that line the displays.


"There you are!" someone whoops, and Henry Davis smiles wryly at his face on the screen. "This whole thing is unique," says Davis, who served in an anti-aircraft unit in the 29th Division and wrote his own memoir — K-Rations, Kilroy, KP, and Kaputt: One GI's War. "There's been nothing like this to document what Jews did." Next, Ed Koch appears on the screen — identified not as "Mayor," but as "Sergeant."


Pearl Crystal Scher joined the Marine Corps in Brooklyn and got shipped down to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where she taught plane identification — among other things. "My first assignment was to try to cure a drunk, a male Marine who was well-beloved by his commander," she says excitedly, clutching her Jewish War Veterans cap. "Needless to say, I couldn't cure him. But they kept him anyway!"


She leans in closer. "This is all very educational for me, too," she remarks, waving at the displays. "I had no idea — and I was in the service!"


Morgenthau says he wants to keep the exhibit open permanently, to make up for lost time. Just as Holocaust survivors kept the horrors of their experiences hidden for decades, so were veterans unable to articulate "the darkness" they encountered. "For 50 years," he says, "nobody talked about this."


As the wave of distinguished guests filters out of the exhibit, the first school group, a mishmash of Jewish day school kids and public-school students, makes its way in. At the lead, another veteran is just beginning his story.


"You may not realize, but it was people your age, maybe a couple years older," he tells his attentive listeners. "They did extraordinary things."

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