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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 July 15, 2014 / 17 Tammuz, 5774

Like a coiled spring . . .

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Is there any book so derided as being antiquated and irrelevant, and that remains so contemporary and pertinent as the never really Old Testament?

For once again, for the third time in less than a decade, the Israelis stand at the gates of Gaza, the ancient capital of the Philistines, and prepare to invade. Just as its leader at another time, Samson ben Manoah, seeing Israel harried by her enemies, finally chose to take the offensive. You can read all about it in the Book of Judges. Nothing ever seems to change, at least not in that part of an ever uncertain world.

The question by now isn't whether the Israelis will be coming, but when. The aerial assault against Gaza has already begun in response to the rain of rockets that have fallen all over Israel these past few weeks, penetrating deeper than ever before. The surest result has been to put this era's Jewish commonwealth on a war footing once again.

How can this be? Wasn't this new unified Palestinian regime in Ramallah, a coalition of Fatah and Hamas, going to be a new, peaceful government led by technocrats, not haters? (Did anybody ever believe that, even those who said it?) But the only technology this "new" Palestinian leadership has seemed determined to practice is firing ever newer and bigger missiles at Israel. Thanks to that country's Iron Dome defense, the missiles haven't caused many if any fatalities, but they have succeeded in mobilizing tens of thousands of Israeli reservists, who are now poised to roll into the Gaza Strip, aka Hamasland, still again.

According to the latest reports, some 20,000 Israeli reservists have already been called up, and a total of 40,000 are due to be. How long can that little country afford to keep that many reservists under arms without striking? The aerial assault has already begun on a large scale as hundreds of sorties prepare the way for the ground troops expected to follow any day, any hour. Hospitals on both sides of the line are girding for the rush of casualties to come.

To what end? Israel's prime minister, who now finds himself a wartime leader, promises that "Hamas will pay a heavy price for firing at Israeli citizens." Benjamin Netanyahu says this "operation will expand and continue until the fire toward our towns stops and quiet returns." Which makes the objective of Israel's latest campaign clear enough, but how achieve it? Questions abound:



Will this be just a partial and temporary occupation of Gaza till Washington and the rest of the world again force Israel to withdraw short of a more permanent end to the rocket fire out of Gaza? It's happened before. Twice. Is the third time supposed to be the charm?

Why should this invasion -- and its outcome -- be different from all the others? To quote one resident of Gaza preparing to take shelter from Israeli bombs once again, "We want ... a truce and peace with them so our children and we can live." Which sounds just like what people on the other side of the divide want, too, but whenever a glimmer of peace is spotted, the violent bear it away. And the old cycle of intermittent peace between regular wars returns.

Short of occupying all of Gaza, or at least establishing a buffer zone, a cordon sanitaire, between Hamas and its supply of rockets via the tunnels out of Egypt, what's to keep the Israelis from having to invade a fourth time, and a fifth, and so regularly on every few years?

So long as there is no end to this fatal cycle of sporadic peace and constant hostilities, and to Hamas' control of Gaza with it, any real peace will remain an idle dream, a brief and temporary pause between bloody wars.

Meanwhile, Gaza begins to bury its dead and Israel girds for the casualty reports sure to come once the land war begins. When will that be? Tomorrow, next day? Next week? Never? The clock is ticking, the coiled spring is about to be sprung, and then the fog of war will descend again. And there will be only one thing certain about this old, old story: It is To Be Continued.

If this air campaign can suppress all that rocket fire out of Gaza, at least for a time, then both sides can issue separate but equal declarations of victory, everybody can go home, and the world breathe a sigh of relief. In war as in showbiz, Give 'em a Happy Ending Every Time!

But if not, then cry Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war. And after that, who knows? For every battle plan remains operative only until the first contact with the enemy, limited wars have a way of turning unlimited, and this latest war for peace will bring anything but. And once again, to echo the lament of Milton's "Samson Agonistes":

Promise was that I

Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver;

Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him

Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves . . .

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

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