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 July 17, 2013 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5773

Disagree with the George Zimmerman jury? At least study the facts

By Cathy Young

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George Zimmerman's acquittal on criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has sparked anguish and outrage across America. These passions stem from a starkly racial view of the incident: a light-skinned man singles out a black teenager as "suspicious," stalks him with a gun, provokes a confrontation, and gets away with murder. But, as with any criminal case that comes to dramatize larger controversies, the symbolic narrative often overshadows the actual facts.

Thus, in the Huffington Post, blogger Charles Clymer states three "irrefutable facts": "1) Zimmerman had a history of making unnecessary 911 calls about 'suspicious' black persons in his neighborhood, 2) he followed Trayvon Martin, got out of his truck, and further pursued him despite being told not to by dispatch, and 3) he did so with a gun." But this widely credited version is far from irrefutable.

While Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, had called police 44 times over eight years before the night of the shooting, only four calls were about possibly suspicious people identified as black, and at least three about whites. Zimmerman has consistently claimed that after the dispatcher told him not to pursue Martin, he headed back to his truck -- and then Martin accosted him. Physical evidence and eyewitness testimony corroborated that Zimmerman was beaten.

The assumption that Zimmerman targeted Martin for racial reasons was common from the start, partly due to misleading media reports (NBC aired 911 call excerpts in which Zimmerman appears to stress that the possibly suspicious person is black -- but he was responding to the dispatcher's question about the individual's race).

Many accounts have downplayed Zimmerman's Hispanic background. A column on the website of The Nation, a leading left-wing magazine, concedes that Zimmerman and his family members are undeniably "not white," but claims that "Zimmerman's apparent ideology . . . adheres to white supremacy."

Yet, two years before the shooting, Zimmerman challenged local police over what he considered a cover-up of the beating of a homeless black man by a white police lieutenant's son. It is reported that he routinely mentored black children.

None of this negates the possibility that Zimmerman's suspicions toward Martin, an unarmed teenager on his way to an apartment where his father was staying, were partly race-based -- consciously or not. Racial profiling of young black males, practiced by people of all backgrounds and rooted in a tangled web of attitudes that reflect both prejudice and crime demographics, is a complex, painful issue. The Zimmerman case has been a focal point for those concerns.

Does its outcome show America's endemic racism? In fact, initial reports about Martin's death and apparent police inaction elicited strong cross-racial sentiment in favor of prosecution. A month after the shooting, both whites and nonwhites in a CNN poll overwhelmingly believed Zimmerman should be arrested. Yet the trial evidence left more than enough reasonable doubt to support a verdict of not guilty.

Racism is hardly dead; Internet discussions of this indisputably tragic story have been plagued by vile racist comments directed at the dead teenager. But the rush to declare Zimmerman guilty of both murder and racism, regardless of facts, is also a form of racism -- and injustice.


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© 2013, Cathy Young. This originally appeared in Newsday.