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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 2, 2014 / 2 Iyar, 5774

Roman Reflections on Tragedy and Triumph

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ROME — Rome is "the eternal city," and it's eternally an inspiration, particularly this year during Holy Week and the run-up to the canonization of not one but two new Roman Catholic saints, both of them popes.

The Romans are the blithe spirits, noted for mixing up the secular and spiritual in their appreciation of faith and life. There's always an awareness of pagan exuberance flowing through its contemporary Christian culture.

A taxi driver, eager to impress an American visitor with his proficiency in English and a knowledge of her pop culture, launches into a description of a famous scene in the 1953 movie "Roman Holiday," a tale of a princess stealing away from the palace and falling in love with an American newspaper reporter. The reporter takes her to visit the "Mouth of Truth,'' an ancient monster's face carved into marble and said to bite off the hands of liars. The reporter (Gregory Peck) terrifies the princess (Audrey Hepburn) by putting his hand in the monster's mouth, telling a lie and appearing to withdraw only a stump. The princess screams until the reporter pulls his hand out of his sleeve. Blithe spirits, indeed.

But the glory of Rome is real, with no gags. Among the treasures are the glorious Renaissance paintings by Caravaggio, painted to attract Catholics back to the Roman church after the Reformation. These are religious dramas, drawn from models who were earthy street people with dirty feet and more dirt under their fingernails. These paintings were scandalous in their time, denounced by high clerics, and now exhibited with honor in museums and chapels. The modern Roman church prides itself on a talent for self-correction.

A Jew in Rome during this particular Holy Week, visiting the site of the ghetto where her ancestors were locked in at night and who grew up on the works of art and literature accusing the ancient Jews of baking the blood of Christian babies in mazoh, finds changed attitudes, wrought by the courage of the two new saints. Both pontiffs challenged the waves of history that encouraged anti-Semitism in the church from the Middle Ages through the years of the Holocaust.


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John XXIII took on the array of thinkers and writers whose stereotypes began in folklore and thrived in the faith of many Christians. John became the "rule-breaker pope," and the breakage was considerable, from opposing the ridiculous to elevating the sublime.

He not only ended the use of "perfidious" as the accepted adjective for Jews in Catholic prayers but saved Jews from Nazi murderers when he was papal nuncio in Turkey and Greece. He helped tens of thousands flee Eastern Europe with forged birth certificates and arranged exit visas. After World War II, he refused to obey orders in France not to return Jewish children, who had been baptized, to their surviving parents.

Many are familiar with the document he begot called the "Nostra Aetate," but fewer know it as the "Magna Carta" of Catholic-Jewish relations, or are aware of the behind-the-scenes negotiations at the Second Vatican Council that were known as the "perils of Pauline." It was difficult for some at the council to give up the idea that "the Jews killed Christ," and unthinkable for many to accept the idea that Jews were acceptable in the sight of God. Hadn't the New Covenant mediated by Jesus superseded the Old Covenant between God and the Jews? The argument was so charged that a threat to blow up St. Peter's had to be taken seriously. (The threat turned out to be a hoax.)



Pope John Paul, born in a town near Krakow with a large Jewish population, knew his Jewish neighbors as friends. He was the first pope to visit both Auschwitz and the Great Synagogue in Rome. This fit with his expressed belief that Jews were his "elder brothers" in the faith. He further underlined penance at the Western Wall in Jerusalem where he expressed deep sorrow for the persecution of the Jews by sons and daughters of his church. Together the saintly duo was a one-two punch against anti-Semitism. In a recent survey of rising worldwide expressions of anti-Semitism, the old anti-Semitism of Christians was the least cited.

At the Vatican Museum, a painting by Alice Cahana, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz who lives now in Houston, hangs on the wall at the end of the 20th century exhibition. Titled "No Names," it's a dark nightmarish vision of a railroad track with tattooed numbers floating above it. "No Names" is the last painting a visitor sees before entering the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo's gorgeous fresco of "God Giving Life to Man." Hope trumps tragedy.

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