In this issue
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 Jan 8, 2014/ 7 Shevat, 5774

In today's mail

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dear Critic,

It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you, for I learn most from my critics. Your criticism, aimed at my comparing this administration's policy toward Iran with the appeasement of an earlier era, was on target -- point by point:

"In at least three crucial senses," you write, "we are presently witnessing a willful blindness and folly of a very different order compared to Munich in 1938.

"First, unlike at Munich, there was no ready lesson at hand about the dangers of appeasement. Now we have that very precedent of Munich in 1938 to warn us.

"Second, Britain and France had significantly disarmed by 1938, and were not prepared to go to war at that time. No, their lack of preparedness does not excuse their appeasement, but it helps explain their hesitancy. Unlike ours today, when the United States and its allies are fully capable of exerting the necessary military power to preserve the peace.

"Third, in the case of Nazi Germany the appeasers were dealing with a great power which, even if weakened for the moment, was still a credible threat. Iran, like North Korea, is the international equivalent of a little bully whom the big boys ought to be able to dispatch with ease -- and the very fact that they are not willing to do so signals a supine posture even worse than that of Munich in 1938, and therefore a much more craven act of appeasement."

Well said. Point by point. I'm indebted to you, sir, as I am to so many close readers and clear thinkers who do their best to educate me.



Dear Spoiling for a Fight,

It was wholly a pleasure to learn of your spirited disagreement with one of my columns. Do feel free to write a letter to the newspaper or website that carried it, too. So all can benefit by hearing your views.

As for your disappointment that I didn't send a personal response to your arguments, or explain them to you, I try not to engage in one-on-one debates with letter writers -- lest I get in the way of their unbridled opinions, which I hope they'll express publicly in a letter to the editor. Also, I'd like to think that I've already made the best case I could in my column, which I hope is self-explanatory, and doesn't require any further explication. Or, as Louis Armstrong said of jazz, if you need to have it explained, you'll never understand it.


Old Editor

Dear Journalism Student,

It was wholly a pleasure to get your piece about homelessness, and to be asked to comment on it. I'm complimented. As for those suggestions you requested about how your essay might be improved, here are some:

  • Write less about yourself and your feelings about homelessness, admirable and heartfelt as they may be, and more about your subject.

  • Be more informative, less hortatory

  • Be concise, specific and informal.

  • Remember that the best argument may be a fact.

  • Provide anecdotes, information, depth and experience about the subject, not the writer.

  • Read George Orwell's "Down and Out in London and Paris." Or anything else by Orwell. Spend some time not only among the homeless but as one of the homeless. Just as he did.

Glad to help,

Inky Wretch

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