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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review March 4, 2008 / 27 Adar I 5768

A descent into Twilight Zone

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A little night music can soothe the savage beast, at least sometimes. This, alas, can give a well-meaning musician the idea that his tuba is mightier than his enemy's sword.

The New York Philharmonic performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Pyongyang, the other night, and the musical director imagines that he has disarmed Kim Jong-il, the Dear Leader, and turned his swords into plowshares with a mighty blast of Wagner's "Lohengrin" and the dreamy strains of Dvorak's "New World Symphony."

Lorin Maazel, the musical director, boasted that his orchestra had thawed a cold war once before, with a concert in the old Soviet Union in 1959. After that it was inevitable that the Berlin Wall would come tumbling down.

"The Soviets didn't realize that it was a two-edged sword," he said of that concert. "Because by [allowing our concert] they allowed the country to interact with their own people and to have an influence. It was so long-lasting that eventually the people in power found themselves out of power." He was careful not to promise too much. "There are no parallels in history. There are similarities."

Mr. Maazel imagines that his Pyongyang concert was available to ordinary people, but the 2,500 men and women who filled every seat of the East Pyongyang Grand Theater were carefully chosen. The deputy nuclear negotiator sat next to William J. Perry, the former U.S. secretary of defense. The Dear Leader was not there; many of his men were. But there was nobody to pack the peanut gallery even if there had been such a gallery (and nobody has seen a peanut in Pyongyang in years).

A lot of people imagine it was they who brought down the Berlin Wall, and Mr. Maazel and his distinguished musicians are entitled to be pleased with their good works, but only so far as those works go. It's important to understand why cultural institutions are invited to a grim satrapy like North Korea. It has nothing to do with seeking peace.

"Domestic propaganda thus makes very clear that nothing is to be expected from ongoing negotiations with the Americans," B.R. Myers, a researcher in North Korean affairs at Dongseo University in South Korea, writes in the Wall Street Journal's Asian edition. The constant refrain from America that there is no military solution to the nuclear standoff, he writes, is "attributed not to a desire for peace but to cowardice. The timing [of the orchestra's visit] is fortuitous, since the months from February to April mark the high point of the North's personality ritual."

Every year the regime publishes a series of paperback novels, entitled "Immortal Leadership," celebrating the fantastical triumphs of the Dear Leader. "The story will be simple. Kim tests nuke, Washington protests, Kim hangs tough, Washington sends musicians to entertain him. Isn't that a fairly accurate version of events?"

Any visit to North Korea is a trip deep into the Twilight Zone. Several years ago, four editors and a photographer at The Washington Times were invited to spend 11 days in Pyongyang. We interviewed every senior official except little Kim's daddy, Kim il-Sung, "the Great Leader" and chief architect of the misery in North Korea. He was at the end of his mean and merciless life.

We were entertained on our last night with dancers and musicians, good wine, and course after course of delicacies few Koreans ever see. The evening grew late, and finally our host, a senior government official, stood up to offer the ritual toast to the United States. His toast was a rant and a rage, delivered through a shower of passion and spittle, insult following abuse and affront, warning that "as the jackal cannot become a lamb, the Yankee jackals cannot change their rapacious nature." At last I stood up to return the honor, lifted my glass and compressed a toast into the only eight words our hosts needed to hear: "G-d bless the president of the United States."

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