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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 Nov. 15, 2013/ 12 Kislev, 5774

Kennedy Assassination Changed Us Forever

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | John F. Kennedy became more myth than man with his assassination, a half-century ago this month. Jackie Kennedy herself said so. A year after Dallas, in a memorial issue of the old Look magazine, she wrote that she had wanted to grow old with the man, to see their children grown up, but she was destined to grow old only with the myth. Only the legend survived.

The shaping of the legend is what the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination this month is all about. The National Geographic Channel, whose documentaries are usually concerned with penguins, polar bears and other natural wonders of nature, propels the latest cycle of contemporary reflections on the man and the myth with "Killing Kennedy," a docudrama based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Ginnifer Goodwin, the actress portraying Jackie, says she imagined she was channeling the first lady's ghost; Rob Lowe, who played the president, tells how he cried when he looked at the limousine where JFK took the fatal bullet, proud to pay tribute to a legacy that "belongs to all of us."

That legacy, however, is now hotly disputed among historians, politicians, pundits and professors educating the generations to come. Textbooks published shortly after the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, were about the man whose rhetoric cheered and inspired, beginning with his inaugural address and the memorable peroration: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." That oft-repeated phrase was replaced in later textbooks by a recitation of Kennedy's failures as president and what the government ought to do for us.

This change, Gilbert Sewall, the director of the American Textbook Council, told The New York Times, accompanied "revisionist" attitudes toward America. It's these attitudes — emphasizing the nation's flaws and not its heroes, the mistreatment of minorities and not the civil rights revolution that followed, the fact that several of the Founding Fathers owned slaves and not the fact that it was those Founding Fathers who bequeathed the means and the inspiration to correct the sins of history — that have soured the many on their country.

For them, Jack Kennedy's "fiasco" in the Bay of Pigs rests on a long continuum of what's exceptionally wrong with America. Kennedy's triumph over Nikita Khrushchev in the Cuban missile crisis is interpreted as a "rash" tactic that led the world to the brink of nuclear war, rather than a successful strategy of "toughness and restraint" that would eventually free the world from the terrors of the Cold War.



Ironically, it was Jackie who set in motion these attitudes when she set out to erase from his biography the fact that he was killed by "some silly little communist," and substituted the notion that he was martyred for his support for the civil rights of blacks. Staging his funeral in imitation of Abraham Lincoln's, she wanted to shift the focus from the perils of the Cold War and Soviet power to the heroics of the civil rights movement. In this scenario, Dallas became the expression of a violent Southern culture of guns and bigotry. Tass, the central news agency for the Soviet Union, took the cue, claiming that Kennedy's assassin was set up by Ku Klux Klansmen.

Once the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was slain, he never had the chance to say for himself why he had defected to the Soviet Union in 1959, renounced American citizenship, marched in support of Fidel Castro and, seven months before he shot JFK, had tried to kill Edwin Walker, a retired major general of the U.S. Army and a fierce anti-communist. Oliver Stone, a committed moviemaker of the left, further fed the fires of conspiracy. James Pierson, author of the 2007 book "Camelot and the Cultural Revolution," argues that the Kennedy assassination shattered traditional liberalism, turning it away from the accepted narrative of optimism and pride in what America could accomplish as protector of the free world, to a splintered perception of how violent America had become. The social consensus that once united America against the threat of communism turned adversarial. No one over 30 could be trusted. The left's heroes would be Castro, Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong.

Ronald Reagan gave us a brief burst of sunshine on his "Morning in America." But anti-Americanism, like a rolling stone, regained momentum as each new generation of rebels searched for a cause, and the culture was riven by an elite media cultivating polarities. Divided identities begat divided values, confusion begat divided politics. Social consensus, at home and abroad, died with the rise of collective guilt. Not even Sept. 11 could undo it.

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