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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Oct. 1, 2006 / 19 Tishrei, 5767

Travel Journal: From savagery to serenity

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | MILL RUN, Pa. — To reach Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece above a waterfall, you drive southeast out of Pittsburgh through American history. After passing by the colonial battlefields of western Pennsylvania, you take State Highway 381 to what contemporary American architects have called "the best American building of the last 125 years." Surely it is one of the most uplifting.


So do we proceed from destruction to creation, savagery to serenity. ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy … in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture…." —John Adams)


In 1935, a Pittsburgh department store owner named Edgar J. Kaufmann, whose son had studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, hired Wright to build the family a vacation place on their hilly property at Bear Run, a picturesque spot in the woods covered with rhododendron, laurel, wildflowers and outcroppings of sandstone.


According to our guide, who has drunk deep of the myths surrounding the history of Fallingwater, the Kaufmanns had only three requirements: that the cost of the house come in under $35,000, that it be done by their wedding anniversary, and that it offer visitors a view of the waterfall on the property. None would be met.


Instead, Wright gave them and American architecture a masterpiece. After he had accepted the commission, Wright asked for a topographical map of the site, and the Kaufmanns waited to see his plans. And waited and waited.


Getting nothing from him but canceled checks, they drove to Taliesin, the master's home, retreat, and academy at Spring Green, Wisconsin.


A couple of hours away, they phoned to tell him they'd soon be there.


Wright, who didn't believe in preliminary drafts, proceeded to put pencil to paper and drew up the plan he'd worked out in his head:


Instead of facing up toward the falls, Fallingwater would be cantilevered over them like a natural outcropping of the boulders atop the ridge. That way, it would be surrounded by the sussurating sounds of rushing water. And the view down the falls from the main terrace — almost every room would have a terrace — would be one of the most captivating on the North American continent.


Instead of $35,000, the cost would be closer to $155,000 — still probably the greatest bargain in the history of American architecture.


Instead of being completed within a year, the final touches wouldn't be added till 1939, and by then Albert Einstein had been a house guest, and a 72-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright had resurrected his career after a long series of scandalous reverses — financial, ethical and moral. The story is enough to give some of us old reprobates hope.


The factual history of Fallingwater's origins is even more revealing than the stories the house has given rise to. (Recommended — and fascinating — reading: Fallingwater Rising by Franklin Toker.)


None of the pictures on the Web site or in the architecture textbooks can duplicate experiencing the house itself, which is a piece of engineering and design as well as art. For example, at first the Kaufmanns didn't understand why Wright insisted on the big sliding hatch in the floor of the main room. Why? Now our guide opens it, and the room is filled with the rushing sound of the falls. And we understand at once.


The whole house is an assemblage of such touches, great and small. There are the cave-like entrances to some rooms, and a great outdoor canopy that seems to float like the surrounding waves.


For the very low walls around the outdoor terraces, Wright chose the color of faded rhododendron leaves in the fall, if only rhododendron leaves faded in the fall. All of Fallingwater is like that — as close as architecture gets to poetry. Or maybe Zen. That a place of such peace should have arisen out of a milieu so full of complicated social, artistic, financial and personal conflicts … gives one hope.


SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — It is just an empty field now, marked by an American flag off in the distance where the 757 came hurtling down at 580 mph with 37 passengers (including the four killers) and seven crew members aboard. With 7,000 gallons of aviation fuel still remaining. Nothing was left after the fireball but a deep crater and widespread debris.

And American honor.

For this is the site not just of a September 11th attack, but of the first counterattack in the war on terror. The end of United Flight 93 is marked in the distance by an American flag. A deep grave, the whole area is roped off. For now, there are only some benches and a fence on which makeshift memorials have sprung up. And always, always, in summer heat and winter snows, the volunteers from Shanksville who greet visitors and comfort the mourners. The town has made this place its own.

The official memorial is still a work in progress, but the unofficial one all around is moving — the Pennsylvania countryside, the Norman Rockwell setting, the peace after a great loss, the small-town devotion to national memory.

The contrast between the horror of the attack and the dignity of the response speaks without words. A strange holiness has set in here.

In a little shack on the property, one after the other we write down our names and places and comments. A man just ahead of me us has written: "I hope to G-d I would act like these people did." Forget, Hell!

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