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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 Sept. 13, 2010 / 5 Tishrei, 5771

Good Yontiff from Time Magazine

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you say "Good Yontiff" you're wishing someone a happy holiday in Yiddish. The Jewish High Holy Days began on the evening of September 8th and continues through September 18th. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the most important holiday period on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year and marks the start of the Ten Days of Repentance, which finishes at the end of Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah is the time of judgment, when G0d reviews and judges the deeds of all humanity for the past year. The shofar (ram's horn) is blown throughout services on Rosh Hashanah and on the first day bread crumbs are traditionally thrown into a flowing body of water, symbolizing the casting away of one's sins. Rosh Hashanah meals include apples and honey, to usher in a "sweet new year."

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, the day that Jewish people are closest to G0d and to the quintessence of their own souls. It is the Day of Atonement. The day that G0d forgives, purifies, and cleanses all past sins. Although it is the most solemn day of the year, Yom Kippur possess an undertone of joy. A joy that celebrates the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that G0d will accept one's repentance, forgive one's sins, and grant another year of life, health, and happiness. Yes, this is the most holy and sacred time for the Jewish people.

And that is why I find the timing of the cover story in the latest issue of Time magazine to be completely insensitive and hate-filled. If this story had been printed at any other time it would still have been anti-Semitic and frighteningly hostile to the state of Israel, but the fact that it comes during the High Holy Days is reprehensible. And yes, it was done on purpose.

The cover says it all: a large Star of David fills the cover and printed in the center of the star is the title of their cover story, "Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace." A statement that, to begin with is ridiculously untrue, but more importantly shows the obvious bias of Time magazine (which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the publication over the years).

The story's basic premise, written by Karl Vick, is that Israelis don't care about peace because they're too busy living the good life. Yeah, that's right, the good life. Living in fear of annihilation every single day, that's the good life, right? The possibility of war at any time, terrorist attacks that might happen at the grocery store, meat market or night club, or even at a wedding - sure, that's some good life. Living in a place where you're surrounded by tens of millions of people who want to see you wiped off the face of the earth - now why would anyone want peace under those conditions?

Vick conveniently ignores the real facts of life for Israelis. Fact: Most Israeli homes and businesses come equipped with safe rooms or bomb shelters. Fact: Every Israeli owns a gas mask. Fact: The country exists under the encroaching shadows of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Just about everyone has a friend, sibling, child, or parent in the army. Just about everyone has been to the funeral of a fallen soldier or friend killed in a terrorist attack.

But none of this matters to Time magazine, they have been demonizing Israel for years. In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal staff writer Bret Stephens tells how it goes all the way back to May of 1977 when Menachem Begin was elected Israel's prime minister. Stephens writes, "Time magazine set out to describe the man, beginning with the correct pronunciation of his last name: 'Rhymes with Fagin,' the editors explained, invoking the character from Oliver Twist. Modern Israeli leader; archetypical Jewish lowlife: Get it?" This was just one example of many anti-Israel slants.

Time magazine's circulation is in tank, and I would like to say that it couldn't happen to a more deserving periodical. I would like to say that I would love to see the magazine fold, that I wish it nothing but bad luck. I would like to say those things, but I can't. You see, this is the High Holy Days and I must not wish ill of anyone or anything. I must keep good thoughts in my heart. But G0d knows, sometimes it's not easy.

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