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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 15, 2014 / 15 Iyar, 5774

Shut up, they explain

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Condoleezza Rice, our former secretary of state, is the latest public figure to be chased off a university campus by the bullies, formally known as student protesters. She had been scheduled to deliver this year's commencement address at Rutgers, but decided to call it off rather than face the mob. So she gets to join the ranks of heroines who have been sacrificed to the type of "thinkers" whose response to any idea they don't like is not to debate it but censor it.

The academy, which ought to be the last refuge of free expression, has now become the first place where it's shut down in 2014 America. This contemporary version of the trahison des clercs, the treason of the intellectuals, is now in full and odious flower on our most prestigious campuses. For another example, see Brandeis University. It has just rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whose whole life has been a struggle for the values that ought to mark a real university. Values like respect for human dignity and the free exchange of ideas.

Biographical sketch: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, born in Somalia, evaded the usual arranged marriage with a stranger, and began speaking out against the suppression of women in general in that traditionally Islamic society. She had to flee to Holland, where she was elected to parliament and worked with Theo van Gogh (yes, a descendant of the famous painter) on "Submission," a film exposing the treatment of women in Islamic societies.

Theo van Gogh's reward for his art and courage was to be shot down on the street, and then almost decapitated by an Islamic fanatic wielding a butcher knife, who plunged another knife into his bullet-riddled body. Attached to it was a five-page screed that threatened Ms. Hirsi Ali, who had to be put into police custody for her own protection -- until the Dutch took away her safe house.

That's when she fled to this country, formerly the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, became an American citizen, and continued to speak her mind unafraid and unintimidated. Like any true American. For more details see her autobiography, "Infidel."

No wonder any American university would honor the lady. But then the thought police went after her. Her crime? Telling some inconvenient truths about Islamic societies, and Brandeis decided to rescind its offer of an honorary degree to someone whose honor has impressed freedom-loving people everywhere.

To appreciate, and apprehend, the full extent and irony of Brandeis' capitulation to the worst sort of "intellectuals" on American campuses, it might help to recall whom that university was named for, and when and why it was founded. Louis Dembitz Brandeis was a fighting lawyer and visionary advocate of human rights out of Louisville, Ky., who gave his name to a reliance on facts and statistics in legal argument: the "Brandeis Brief." He would go on to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by Woodrow Wilson, and become one of the great justices in modern American history thanks to his combination of eloquence, logic and independence.



For example, Mr. Justice Brandeis joined both the court's conservatives and liberals when, in a unanimous decision, all of them, from left to right, struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act as unconstitutional in 1935. By then the National Recovery Administration's ubiquitous Blue Eagle had become the symbol of the New Deal's ambitious attempt to remake the American economy in the image of Mussolini's corporate state, complete with price-fixing trusts for every industry and trade. That's right: for every sector of the American economy. Not just medical care, which is what Obamacare has set out to take over.

So it was only natural that, in the post-World War II years, when a new, instantly great university was founded by largely Jewish donors, that it would be named for Mr. Justice Brandeis, for its founders had finally grown tired of watching the Ivy League set quotas on Jewish admissions.

But now that same university has caved in to the kind of intimidation Louis D. Brandeis fought all his life. An honorable historian and once proud Brandeis alumnus, Jeffrey Herf, wrote an open letter in response to its president's "cowardice and appeasement" in snubbing Ayaan Hirsi Ali, another great crusader for human rights. It's a letter worth quoting on this sordid occasion:

"That the president of a university founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust should have rescinded an honor to a woman who has had the courage to attack the most important source of Jew-hatred in the world today is a disgraceful act and a failure of leadership." To say the least.

This kind of suppression of any idea that doesn't fit into today's lockstep liberalism is all too typical of an attitude that isn't liberal at all. No wonder those intent on foisting their own prejudices on the rest of us would prefer some other name to go under -- like progressives. Although there's a better, simpler name for them that might sum up their whole approach to the issues of the day: the illiberals.

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

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