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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 March 30, 2012/ 7 Nissan, 5772

Do They Really Like Ike?

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The wisdom has always been that history is written by the winners of wars. And today it appears that it works the same way for the culture wars as well. Regarding the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. so far the winner is the left. The memorial has been designed by Frank Gehry, a preeminent architect, but also a self admitted atheist with socialistic tendencies. He is known for "pushing the envelope" in building design - a guy who wouldn't exactly have been my first choice to design a memorial of President Dwight David Eisenhower.

Ike was the general in command of the European theater and one of the architects of victory in World War II, as well as a two-term president whose standing has risen steadily over time. As part of a $100 million memorial park, Gehry has decided to portray this leader as a barefoot farm-boy gazing up into the clouds, not as a mature man. This approach completely diminishes the man and his achievements. It's a disgrace!

The other presidential memorials on the mall in D.C. are either majestic in their abstract simplicity, such as the Washington Monument, or they pay tribute to past leaders like Lincoln and Jefferson in their maturity, portraying them as they were when they made their singular contributions to our common heritage. Eisenhower's contributions and legacy as an American speaks for itself.

Ike understood like no president before him the security issues of a post World War II world. He was a West Point graduate and five-star general, who had seen as much of war as any American, and who had presided over a significant expansion of America's strategic nuclear arsenal in the 1950s. Nonetheless, he ends his second term with a message to his countrymen about the dangers of unchecked military/industrial power, what he coined as the "military-industrial complex." His efforts were geared to advance the cause of peace.

Ike ended the Korean War faster than Obama got us out of Iraq or Afghanistan, declined to get ensnared in France's debacle in Indochina, quashed the boneheaded Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956, and generally avoided costly military entanglements afterwards. His foreign policy record wasn't perfect by any means, but he compares quite favorably to virtually all of his successors.

Eisenhower not only led the Normandy D Day invasion which liberated Europe, he also liberated the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. During his presidency he successfully desegregated the Armed Forces of the United States and the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. He passed two landmark civil rights bills -- a fact that is often overlooked, and sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to force the integration of public schools.

He presided over an economic boom that balanced fiscal austerity -- he was the last president to cut the budget in real dollars. He began our exploration of space with the creation of NASA and invested tens of billions to create the interstate highway system -- the largest public works project in history -- which has been re-paid with incalculable dividends in economic growth over the years.

The Eisenhower family has publicly opposed the Frank Gehry design for the memorial. The president's grandson, the family's sole representative on the Memorial Commission, has resigned from the Commission. The family members of Dwight D. Eisenhower are upset over a memorial for the late president that prominently features a small monument showing Ike as a child and barefoot rather than giving greater attention to the war hero and world leader he became.

A couple of weeks ago, at a House Natural Resources Subcommittee meeting on National Parks and Public Lands, Susan Eisenhower, the president's granddaughter, testified that "President Eisenhower's contribution to this nation is not the central theme to this design." Susan Eisenhower said the design of the roughly 80-foot-tall statue has a "Horatio Alger" narrative that portrays the late president as a "dreamy boy." The family has said it finds the main theme of the memorial offensive to Eisenhower's legacy as a two-term president and a Supreme Allied commander during World War II.

Imagine the Lincoln Memorial not as the inspirational, majestic adult figure of the seated Abraham Lincoln, but as Lincoln as a young barefoot lad happily reading by the light of his fireplace. Or how about the Washington Memorial not as it is now, but as a statue of young George chopping down the cherry tree? If these depictions sound dumbed-down and infantile, you're right, they are. They are also demeaning and insulting to the memory of those leaders. Just as the proposed memorial will be of President Eisenhower if it goes forward as it is.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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