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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 January 23, 2009 /27 Teves 5769

Making speeches to the Almighty

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some of our preachers are treating the Divine as if He were a little slow. It's a puzzle. The essence of religious faith - all faiths, big and small - is the unshakable belief that the Lord of the Universe is all-knowing, all-caring and all-powerful. Nothing escapes His eye, which is on the sparrow and all other creatures great and small, including us. Surely He knows as much about what's going on in the world as politicians, professors and even pundits.


But most public prayers, meant to be homage to the divine, hardly suggest that the eminent prayers of public prayer actually believe this. The prayers at public events, such as presidential inaugurations, include a recitation of events ("now pay attention, sir"), like a Christmas letter addressed to heaven with the news of who got married, who got a grandchild and who got hired and fired during the year. Wouldn't the Almighty already know about these things? Here's the Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of the megamammoth Saddleback Church in California, giving G-d a booster's description of America in his inaugural invocation, lest the Lord confuse America with Belgium or Zimbabwe:


America is "a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership." And in this passage: "Americans are united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all." All true, up to a point, but surely the Lord of All already knows this.


G-d, as many believers reckon, has an author's keen sense of humor - consider His creation of the elephant, the giraffe, Barney Frank, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi - but the Rev. Joseph Lowery, in his inaugural benediction, sounded not like a supplicant addressing a plea to heaven but a stand-up comic auditioning for a gig on Comedy Central: "... we ask You to help us work for the day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right ..."


The flowery Mr. Lowery, like Mr. Warren, had a news bulletin, too, just in case the Heavenly Father hasn't been watching Fox News or CNN and hadn't heard about the wreck on Wall Street: "[President Obama] has come to this high office at a low moment in the national, and indeed the global, fiscal climate ..."


Prayers on occasions like these are inevitably addressed to an earthly audience rather than to the Almighty. Showing off is OK, demonstrating the prayee's vast familiarity with current events, but care must be taken not to offend anyone listening besides G-d, assuming He is. Christ was the great unmentionable at the inauguration of '09. Mr. Warren went to considerable lengths to avoid giving offense, offering a seminarian's lecture on the various versions of the name of Jesus - "Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS)" - as an introduction to the Lord's Prayer, steeped in humility, whose simple eloquence translated into the incomparable richness of the King James Bible teaches how to pray.


No one does multi-culti better than Anglican divines, mostly missing this time. Billy Graham raised a few high-church Episcopal eyebrows when he boldly proclaimed the name of Christ in his prayer at the National Cathedral in the wake of 9/11. But on this inaugural the Most Rev. Gene Robinson, the celebrated gay bishop of New Hampshire, relegated to a B-list assignment at the Lincoln Memorial, merely prayed in the name of "the G-d of many understandings." (Should that be a lowercase G-d?)


The Jews got short shrift at the Capitol this year with nary a rabbi in sight. The traditional praying lineup is a preacher, a priest and a rabbi, reflecting the nation's religious origins. This year even the atheists got a call-out, when President Obama described America as "a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and nonbelievers." This pleased the atheists trying to organize themselves into something of a new denomination.


We're so multi-culti, in fact, that one of the Muslim speakers at an inaugural prayer meeting has been cited by federal prosecutors as having ties to Hamas, the Palestinian terrorists.


Not so long ago, the selection of inaugural preachers was easy. The incoming president merely asked his pastor for a blessing, to lend divinity to serious purpose. Harry Truman, for example, invited his pastor at the First Baptist Church of Washington, and John F. Kennedy invited the Roman Catholic cardinal of Boston. Ike invited his Presbyterian pastor. Life was simpler then. That was before we imagined that instructing heaven was an earthly duty.

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