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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 May 24, 2012/ 3 Sivan, 5772

Why Jeremiah Wright Matters --- Still

By Larry Elder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the 1967 comedy "A Guide for the Married Man," Joey Bishop's wife catches him in bed with another woman. As his wife stands at the bedroom door screaming at the sight, Bishop and the mistress calmly get up, make the bed and get dressed. The mistress leaves. Bishop nonchalantly sits down in the living room, lights up a pipe, picks up the newspaper and casually leafs through it. "What bed? What girl?" Bishop says. The wife begins to doubt her own eyes, even her sanity. Finally, she turns to Bishop and meekly asks what he wants for dinner. The culprit convinced the victim that she must be nuts.

On the issue of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's defenders attempt to make you feel insane. How could you bring up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?! It "injects race" into the contest! Obama supporters warn, "After four years, how dare you 're-litigate' the matter!"

In fact, it was never "litigated" in the first place.

2008 Republican candidate John McCain feared being accused of playing the race card. But Wright is not about "race." It is much, much bigger than that. Wright is about Obama's character, beliefs and policies. The question remains the same one that should have been addressed four years ago: Do Obama and Wright share the same view of "social injustice," a perspective that reveals Obama's character and beliefs — and reflects his current and future policies?

Obama, in 2007, described the 20-year father/son-like relationship this way: "What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice. He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I'm not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that's involved in national politics."

But Wright is off-limits.

Obama was probably the most surprised politician in America when McCain refused to jam Wright down Obama's throat — as Obama would most assuredly have if the situation were reversed. Reluctant to "inject race"? Obama's hand-picked chair of the Democratic National Committee routinely accuses the Republicans of wanting "to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." People forget the bare-knuckled way Obama got every serious opponent kicked off the ballot in his first Illinois state Senate race — and was therefore elected with no serious opposition.

But Wright, who described himself as a "second father" to Obama, is off-limits.

Obama selected Trinity United. He selected the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Wright married Barack and Michelle. He blessed their home in Hyde Park. He baptized the Obamas' daughters. Obama initially wanted Wright to deliver the invocation when Obama announced his run for the presidency.

Wright calls the criminal justice system racially biased against blacks. So does Obama. Wright, in 2006, falsely said, "We've got more black men in prison than there are in college." A year later, Obama repeated the Wright canard almost verbatim: "More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America." Pre-emptively deciding Trayvon Martin's death was a matter of racial profiling, Obama said, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Obama sided with the indignant black Harvard professor instead of the white cop who was properly responding to a call about possible burglary. "The Cambridge police," Obama said, "acted stupidly."

Obama, in "Dreams From My Father," quotes Wright from the "Audacity to Hope" sermon: "White folks' greed runs a world in need."

What does Obama blame for the financial crisis? "Greed" and "fat cat bankers on Wall Street." Obama's greed-based view explains why he denounces "millionaires and billionaires" for failing to pay their "fair share" of taxes. It tells us why candidate Obama told an Ohio plumber, "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Wright's relationship with Obama helps explain the president's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Wright said in a 2007 interview, "When (Obama's) enemies find out that in 1984, I went to Tripoli (to visit Moammar Gadhafi) with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell." Wright also blamed "Zionists" for "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza. Does this not shed light on why Obama condemned the "reckless" building of Israeli "settlements" in east Jerusalem — causing an immediate chill in America's relationship with Israel? Does Wright's anti-Semitism tell us something about why Obama said "nobody's suffering more than the Palestinian people from this whole process"?

But Wright is off-limits.

For his new book, "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House," reporter Ed Klein taped a lengthy interview with Wright. The reverend claims that Obama secretly met with him and tried to dissuade Wright from speaking out until the election. He says an Obama surrogate offered him $150K to stop giving speeches until after the 2008 election!

Even then-Sen. Obama thought Wright was fair game. "I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that (Wright) had made in the past," said Obama in April 2008. "The fact that he's my former pastor, I think, makes it a legitimate political issue."

But Wright, four years later, is off-limits — unless you're nuts.

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