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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 April 21, 2014 / 21 Nissan, 5774

Where we are now

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | The news is too much with us late and soon, and watching and listening we lay waste our powers. Flashing endlessly by, the unceasing flow of BREAKING NEWS seduces and betrays, mainly by pretending to be new. Even though, as the Preacher said, what has been will be. The particulars of the story may change, but not the human condition. The names may be new, but the stories remain remarkably the same, just as weapons change but war remains the bloody same.

Yet here and there in the familiar murk of the news there comes a sudden shaft of light that reveals just where we are in A.D. 2014. A single story in the haystack that is the day's wire stories may not just catch our fleeting attention but fix it, like a butterfly pinned to a display board. Reading it can focus and engage the mind, maybe even drive us as far as contemplation. Which is a rare thing indeed in this or any other busy-busy era. And we are stopped still. As by Revelation.

That single story may even be enough to leave a newspaper columnist silent, if only for a blessed moment. As if he had stumbled across a summation and condensation of this moment in history, that mire of repetition.

The other day the mesmerizing story in the paper was an eye- and mind-opener about the new or at least remodeled resort of Yalta in Crimea, which is Russia again, and where the czars' old Livadia Palace is being all spiffed up -- like an historical re-enactment of 1945. That's when Yalta was the site of a Big Three conference -- a summit meeting of Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt. It was also where the fate of Europe for the next half-century would be determined: half slave, half free.

There are certain historic places that are not just historic. For they evoke not just what happened there but is happening now. Places like the palatial headquarters of the old League of Nations by the lake at Geneva, where distinguished diplomats still meet not to confront but to condone aggression, even coordinate it. As has been observed before, history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. The names may change -- appeasement, détente, reset -- but the policy remains the same, and so do its bloody results.

A shadow lingers around such places despite their glitter and glow, their new paint and new scams. A shadow that evokes not only past but very present tragedy. And future disaster. For the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, to quote Burke, is that good men do nothing. What, our leaders worry? They are too busy proclaiming Peace in Our Time even as it turns into war in our time, and right before their blind eyes.



It was at Yalta that it was decided the continent would be carved up -- like a prize turkey -- into different spheres of influence. And so it was -- despite all the talk about free elections, which would prove only talk. For once the Red Army took over, directly or through sudden coups or stage-managed elections, all Europe east of the Elbe would become a collection of captive nations, Soviet satellites where there would be no more chance of a free choice than in today's supposedly post-Soviet Russia.

In an historic speech the next year, at a small college in the heart of the heart of America, Westminster College in little Fulton, Missouri (population 7,000), it was Winston Churchill who would sum up what had been decreed at Yalta, even giving the world a name for it: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent."

Now that iron curtain descends again as the Voice of America is banned in Russia along with so many Russian voices. And the Russian bear prowls again, snatching a slice of Georgia one year, the Crimean peninsula the next, and the world wonders which country will fall prey next -- Moldova, Azerbaijan? More of Ukraine? One of the Baltic republics, or all of them? And all the while, the West stands by and mainly watches, issuing a paper protest now and then. Yes, sometimes a single shaft of light will illuminate what is happening in the all-enveloping dark. This is such a moment of illumination. Call it Yalta II.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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