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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 6, 2011 2 Iyar, 5771

Snapshots From a Watershed Weekend

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What a weekend. A wedding and a funeral. Love and war. A duchess anointed, a terrorist assassinated. It's the stuff of epics: Of arms and the lady, we sing. Of Navy SEALs and British nuptials, firefights and flower girls, warriors brave and kisses sealed. Rejoicing now takes place after nine years of courtship, 10 years of searching. Celebration follows rejuvenation.

Killing Osama bin Laden is enough to make Superman take back the American citizenship he renounced. This was the week we deserved. It was demoralizing to have the terrorist of 9/11 escape for so long. Now we learn that he lived the luxurious life in hiding, not in a cave with spiders and grubs, scribbling drawings on the walls for future archeologists to decipher. Instead, he enjoyed the comfort of a million-dollar mansion. Of course, it wasn't high tech — and what did Osama and his house party do all do day if they weren't wired?

Fortunately, our intelligence services were indeed wired, with sound and surveillance cameras and staffed with clever men and women who could find clues in the messages brought by couriers, working behind 18-foot walls topped by razor wire. What a triumph.

Today, Osama bin Laden reads like a comic book villain that Superman would have made short work of in the old days when patriotism was a crucial element of the popular culture. One Superman comic-book cover from 1942 depicted him holding Hitler and Tojo aloft, one in each hand, shaking them like rats in the jaws of cats.

Superman was created by two Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, as a force for good, mocking Hitler's conceit that Nazi Germany would produce a race of supermen. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, hated Superman comics and stomped about in rage at the character's embodiment of American values.

But Superman today says, "Truth, Justice and the America Way — It's Not Enough Anymore." The original Superman would have approved of slipping the archvillain into the sea to feed the fishes. Who knows what the imposter of the Man of Steel thinks.

Of course, life is not a comic book, though sometimes it seems that way. Before Osama was dispatched to the nether regions, the focus of our politics was aimed at clowns and jokers. Now we can get down to serious business.

The president rose to the occasion in his speech in the East Room, acknowledging that he had pursued the search that George W. set in motion. And now we learn from Leon Panetta, the outgoing director of the CIA, that some of the information that led to the discovery of Osama's hideout was obtained through "enhanced interrogation techniques." He acknowledged, when pressed by NBC's Brian Williams, that such techniques included "waterboarding."

The president, eager in the past to apologize to the world for American mistakes, was eloquent in noting that killing Osama bin Laden was being "true to the values that make us who we are." The old, authentic Superman would have liked that, too. Payback doesn't bring back the dead, but it offers a little solace to those who lost loved ones. Revenge was sweeter for our not needing anyone else's help on this one.

It was 66 years ago, on May 1, that the world learned that another archvillain was dead. Hitler killed himself in his bunker as the allies made a bonfire of Berlin above him. The postwar euphoria was short-lived when the Iron Curtain clanged shut on East Europe and Joseph Stalin became the archvillain.

But just as the end of the Cold War was not the end of history — a trendy conceit at the time — the end of Osama bin Laden is not the end of al-Qaida. Other evil men survive. "America can do whatever we set our mind to," the president said. It's the setting of the mind that's the problem.

We watch the Arab Spring for evidence of the flowering of democracy to replace hateful Islamist ideology, but even if al-Qaida is "rendered irrelevant," as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates suggests, hatred of America survives in the Middle East. The West's war is not against Islam, as the president and George W. Bush before him emphasized, but against Islamist determination to destroy us.

The royal wedding was a happy distraction, a fairy tale of a prince and a princess who set off to live happily ever after. The week's events seem taken from an old-fashioned script with a moral about order returning to the universe. But these stories are mere snapshots of history, and the future will unfold in ways we cannot anticipate. Who ever would have guessed that Superman would reject American values?

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