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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 29, 2014 / 29 Iyar, 5774

Europe remains Europe, more's the pity

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Others may have taken a three-day weekend for Memorial Day, but the news never stops. Especially out of Europe, which continues to produce more bad news than it can safely absorb, which may explain why it was the origin of two world wars during the last century. Europe has long had enough calamity to export it worldwide.

And let's not forget the made-in-Europe world wars that weren't formally called world wars at the time. Like the one the American Revolution was part of -- a sideshow in the conflict between Europe's various colonial powers at the time. That little war, though no war is little to those fighting it, was in large part a civil war between Tories and Patriots on these shores. It would birth to a new nation and phenomenon that now occupies center stage in our time. No matter how much Americans would like to be obscure again. For the tragedy called history can be unkind to those countries assigned its leading roles, much as they would like to avoid star billing.

I was shocked, shocked this week to learn that Europe is still composed of quite different nationalities with quite different temperaments, each competing against the others, and that behind the mainly verbal notion of a European Union lie the same old, ever-seething antipathies. The more Europe changes, the more it remains Europe, more's the pity.

And yet Europe's political elite sounded surprised (don't they always?) by the news that their continent is still full of different interests that often clash. Violently. A uniform currency, a central bank, a common market and a nominally common parliament may constitute progress, but those still new institutions are scarcely enough to disguise Europe's multiple disparities and competing national ambitions.

No wonder that continent is being stalked (again) by the Russian bear. That all too familiar creature is just out of hibernation and on the prowl again, its appetite restored. And weakness, division and uncertain leadership always invite predators.

So no wonder this weekend's elections to the European Parliament were characterized by a resurgence of old nationalisms and new neo-fascist parties. Hard times produce hard hearts. What with America's abdicating its leading role in the world under this president (but be sure to call it Leading From Behind), it's so much easier for Europe to blame its problems on the Other (immigrants, Jews, Muslims, bankers, name your favorite scapegoat) than to address them.

Looking at the election results this week, France's prime minister gravely announced: "We are in a crisis of confidence." But when hasn't Europe been? Even when all seemed just fine and dandy on the surface.



Germany is being Germany again, giving a neo-fascist party representation in its delegation to the European Parliament. And the leader of France's resurgent right, Marine Le Pen, has had nothing but praise for Russia's new tsar, Vladimir Putin, who in her telling is a "patriot" who "upholds the sovereignty of his people" and defends "the values of European civilization."

Ah, yes, the values of European civilization. And what, pray tell, do you think those values could be if they're personified by Tsar Vlad? Aggression, annexation and persecution?

It shouldn't surprise by now when Europe's leaders make unholy alliances. In the 1930s, it was the Nazi-Soviet Pact between Hitler and Stalin, and in our time it's the usual devil's brew of neo-fascist aggressors and their neo-isolationist enablers.

The moral of this week's news from across the pond: Some of us will never learn, no matter how many times Clio, muse of history, repeats the same lesson.

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

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