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 April 18, 2014 / 18 Nissan, 5774

The World is Nuts

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's hard to keep up with the tragedies. It's been one after the other without any time in-between to digest them. The Malaysian airliner disappearing in the Indian Ocean with 250 passengers aboard followed by the soldier who went off the deep end at Fort Hood followed by the kid at the High School going on a rampage stabbing twenty people followed by a bus load of students getting hit head on by a FedEx truck killing ten and injuring many more followed by three people being killed at a Jewish community center and a retirement home in Kansas. Did I remember them all? I don't know, I may have missed a tragedy or two. All in just a matter of a few weeks.

The world has always been filled with nut jobs. Wackos who commit heinous atrocities on innocents have been around forever. But it seems that lately it's happening more and more, or else we just hear about more of them then we used to. The Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter in 2012 is a recent standout because of the large number of people killed by one insane 20 year-old. There were 28 total killed including the killer and his mother.

We have just passed the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. In Boston the anniversary started with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning at the site of the twin explosions, the first tribute in a day dedicated to honoring the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them. Governor Patrick, Mayor Walsh, Cardinal O'Malley and even Vice President Biden were on hand among other dignitaries to pay honor to the victims.

Two brothers, ethnic Chechens who were followers of radical Islam planned and carried out the attack. The older brother was killed in a shootout with police; the other brother has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the possibility of the death penalty. If there is any justice in the universe, he will get it. The sooner the better. This bum left a hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the police shootout.

The world has gone absolutely nuts. And not only because of lunatics who go on killing sprees. If any further proof is needed that our entire planet has gone off its axis and is spinning out towards Neverland, a recent news report from India should convince you once and for all. India's Supreme Court has created an official third sex for its transgender eunuchs and announced they will have a quota of government jobs and college places to help them overcome discrimination.

That's right. An official third sex has been declared in India. The decision was met with jubilation and dancing in the streets by transgenders who said it was a milestone in their fight against marginalization in Indian society. India's transgenders include those who feel they were born into the wrong sex, men born with deformed genitals and effeminate boys disowned by their families and sent to live in eunuch colonies.

The court ruled that those who have been castrated or undergone gender reassignment surgery, as well as those who present themselves as not of the sex they were born into, can all be classified as transgender. There are just under two million eunuchs and transgenders in India, many of whom live in groups controlled by a eunuch guru and survive by aggressive begging.

Although marginalized, they are also widely feared. They often turn up at weddings and after the birth of boys to demand large donations for their blessings. Many people pay in fear of their curse or embarrassment - they often hitch up their saris and reveal their mutilated genitalia outside the homes of those who refuse. Wow. Talk about trick or treat.

In New Delhi some eunuchs operate as organized extortion gangs and their collections are so successful there have been calls for them to be hired as tax collectors to boost revenues. We can only hope that this won't give President Obama any ideas. Lois Lerner was bad enough.

An official third sex for the human race, what could be better? How stupid and shortsighted people must have been for thousands of years to think that the human race was made up of only two sexes. Or was it transgenderphobic bigotry at work? In India the boxes to check on forms will now read "male," "female," and "transgender." I think to be on the safe side they should also include one other box marked "other." Just to be sure that no one is excluded.

So now that the Indian government has created an official third sex the question is, how long will it be before other countries follow suit? Not too long, methinks. Look for it soon at a government near you. In the US we have already laid the groundwork for it. If you don't think so, attend a few classes at some of our elite universities and listen to what is being taught.

Then tell me again that the world has not gone completely nuts.

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