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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 July 11, 2014 / 13 Tammuz, 5774

A Tale of Two Moralities

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We weep for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach, the three Jewish teenagers whose lives were brutally cut short because they chose to walk home from their religious school, hoping to catch a ride like teenage boys safely do in the civilized neighborhoods of the world. How cruel to hear that in their boyish innocence they were swept up by terrorists with evil in their hearts.

There are suggestions in Israel that the kidnappers became frightened when they thought they were followed, and rather than use the boys for ransom, they decided to kill the only unfriendly witnesses, the kidnapped boys.

We weep as well for Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, the innocent victim of a revenge murder. We don't yet know exactly what happened, but we do know that three Jewish suspects have confessed and are in Israeli custody while the killers of the three Jewish boys are still at large.

The murders give rise again to "moral equivalence," a discarded phrase that first proclaimed that the ideological theories of East and West in the Cold War were of equal measure, that the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union, with its Iron Curtain, was as well-intentioned as the democracies of the West. The notion has long been discredited in the accounts of the Cold War, but in the Middle East, where the ink still runs blood red, defenders of the Hamas terrorists characterize the murders of the four teenagers as reflecting similar moral values.

Of course they don't. The murders are rooted in the evil that men do in any place, any time, in any century, when barbarism rises to the surface of the human imagination and galvanizes murderous instincts. The reaction to these brutal deeds, however, tells another story.

When the Palestinians got word that three Jewish boys had been kidnapped, unbridled excitement swept through the West Bank. They praised the kidnappers as heroes. Cheering Palestinian crowds raised the three-finger salute associated with the release of Gilad Shalit, the captured Israeli soldier who was exchanged in 2011 for more than 1,027 Arab prisoners. The Arab prisoners together were responsible for killing more than 500 Israelis. Many Israelis thought that such Israeli repatriation was foolish, giving incentives to future kidnappers, but they knew it showed the importance of a single life to the Jews. They demonstrated no anger at the government. Nobody rioted.

When news of the three kidnapped Jewish boys was first revealed, Arab celebrants mocked the value Jews place on a single life, "which contrasts so sharply with the value (Palestinians) place on taking Jewish life," Ruth Wisse, Harvard professor of Jewish literature, writes in The Wall Street Journal. "It is one of the ironies of Israel that Jewish parents whose children are murdered by Arabs are not guaranteed justice as surely as Arabs whose children are murdered by Jews

Collective grief cannot always contain destructive impulses, and it's a tragedy that Jews mourning the three murdered teenagers killed a Palestinian boy to take revenge. Heinous as that crime is, action for justice has been swift, just as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised. Suspects are in custody, and no one doubts that the guilty will stand trial and, if found guilty, will go to a long harsh life in prison. Neither the Palestinian Authority nor Hamas has found the killers of the three Jewish boys, nor is there evidence that they have tried.

She doesn't know who killed her son, but the mother of one of the murdered Israeli boys raged on behalf of the family of the Arab boy, and pleaded for compassion in the name of her faith.

"It is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem — the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country," said Rachel Fraenkel, mother of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who was murdered and his body thrown in a ditch with his two companions.

The silence of the Arab mothers expressing outrage at the deaths of the Jewish boys is deafening.

Jews in America often memorialize a death by planting a tree in Israel in honor of a person who died. If the rockets unleashed by Hamas didn't prevent them, Jews in Israel today would plant four trees, one each for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach, — and Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

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