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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 Feb. 20, 2009 / 26 Shevat 5769

Nothing cowardly about good manners

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some nice white folks ought to invite Eric Holder home to supper. He's feeling neglected, though it's not quite clear why he would want to nibble on Russian caviar and sip French champagne, the routine fare of white folks, with "cowards."


The new attorney general delivered an astonishing speech at the Justice Department this week to get a lot off his chest. Who knew this man, who lives in a million-dollar mansion, was so miserable?


"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot," he said, "in things racial, we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." Americans, he said, "simply do not talk enough with each other about race."


This is breaking news for most of us. Black and white, we don't talk about anything else.


But Mr. Holder wants to homogenize us, like sweet milk. He sees the attorney general's mission as to complete the work of Abraham Lincoln: "We in this room must do more - and we in this room bear a special responsibility. Through its work and through its example, this Department of Justice, as long as I am here, must and will lead the nation to the 'new birth of freedom' so long ago promised by our greatest president."


That's pretty heavy lifting for a mere attorney general, heavy lifting regarded before now as the work of mere presidents. What does he mean? Must Michael Steele take a Klansman to lunch to avoid indictment? Does Rush Limbaugh have to join the congregation of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?


Most of the attention given to his speech - it even merited a couple of obscure paragraphs on an inside page of The Washington Post - concentrates on Mr. Holder's vile description of Americans as "cowards," but a reading of the transcript reveals considerably more. He concedes some good things - the dismantling of segregation, the election of a black president by an overwhelmingly white electorate (he didn't mention two black Republican secretaries of state appointed by a white Southern president).


He grudgingly concedes that the typical American workplace has become one of easy camaraderie, of unforced mingling at lunchtime, where "we socialize with one another fairly well, irrespective of race." But by instinct and learned behavior Americans understand that "certain subjects are off limits and to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."


What Mr. Holder imagines is cowardly is actually good manners. If two friends, one black and one white, are lunching amiably together why would either one of them want to spoil the occasion by launching into a blubbery confession or a scolding lecture on race of the sort that Mr. Holder inflicts on captive audiences at the Justice Department? Is he scolding white folks for past and present sins, or rebuking the likes of Jesse and Al for preaching intolerance of whites? He should be too busy boiling water at "the new birth of freedom" to be hectoring helpless employees to applaud in the appropriate places.


This "new birth of freedom" threatens to spoil everybody's weekends: "On Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not, in some ways, differ significantly from the country that existed 50 years ago." This sounds suspiciously like the complaint that "11 o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week."


The solution, presumably, is for everybody to worship together in a way to please the attorney general. Shall we have an Episcopal service? Pentecostal? Must Baptists sprinkle, or Methodists dunk? Must Tiger Woods play a round of Sunday golf with Dick Cheney? Do I get to spend Saturday at the beach with Halle Berry?


Self-righteous calls for "a national conversation on race" are actually calls for "a national confession" of somebody else's sin. What we actually need is to move on. We've already moved far from the bad old days when color counted more than character, and anyone who wants evidence need only look around.


America had much to atone for and America has delivered. No other country in history has turned itself inside out to make amends, even dispatching the Army to Little Rock and Oxford and Tuscaloosa. Nobody deserves particular thanks for doing the right thing, just as nobody deserves thanks for being good to his mother. But the work of Americans he reviles as "cowards" is something that Mr. Holder, who says he is a student of American history, ought to know about.

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