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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 May 2, 2014 / 2 Iyar, 5774

The NBA's Sterling-Silver showdown

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | There's something in the Donald Sterling saga for almost everyone, though the NBA, by imposing something just short of capital punishment, has put the race hustlers on the sidelines.

Al Sharpton, whose riots sometimes kill people, briefly threatened demonstrations, but quick action by the basketball league left him with nobody to demonstrate against. Jesse Jackson, a little long in the tooth and wide in the belly, showed up at a Clippers game and looked like a man who had to buy a ticket to get into the arena.

But it's a fiesta for everyone but Mr. Sterling, rendered by a lovers' quarrel (if you can call it love) and ugly words spoken in anger, to become the most reviled man in the world.

Oprah and Spike Lee and Magic Johnson were beside themselves with righteous anger early in the week, demanding, well, it was not clear exactly what. Apologies? Regrets? Repentance? Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, trumped all that, fining the Clippers owner $2.5 million, organizing a forced sale of the team (at fire-sale prices) and banning Mr. Sterling "forever" from every NBA arena, though forever is not always forever.

The sports pages exploded with dander and dudgeon, both high and low. One typically overwrought columnist sentenced Mr. Sterling to go down "as the most despised person ever."

Well, at least until history throws up another Pontius Pilate, Genghis Khan or Joe Stalin. The man does, in fact, sound like somebody you wouldn't want your great-grandmother to marry. The things he said to his mistress — ex-mistress now, you can bet — were mean and low enough to wrinkle the sheets of the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. But hype and holler always fade and grow stale. What else is there left to say about the eighty-something Mr. Sterling and his thirty-something inamorata and their mutual-provocation society?

Some people we all know would end such an argument with a well-aimed lamp, but some people communicate better than others. If your wayward doxy is a good half-century younger, your vocabulary is just not rich enough to say things mean enough about the man, black or white, she takes a selfie with. "Moral outrage is exhausting," observes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former NBA great, for Time magazine. "And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest sport of Extreme Finger Wagging."

He's as outraged as everyone else by the old guy, but professes a grudging admiration for V. Stiviano, who was a waitress before she met Mr. Sterling and had to settle for an initial instead of a name. "She was like a sexy nanny playing 'pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.' She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of racist sound bites that had the news media peeing all over themselves with glee."



Ruth Marcus was outraged in The Washington Post, but warned her readers not to forget that he "done the woman wrong" first. "Race is, hands down, the most repulsive aspect of the Donald Sterling scandal," she writes, "but sex is a close second." The Sterling-Stiviano deal appears to involve a transaction as old as time." Cosmo Girl meets B.O. Plenty. (You could look it up.)

This was no match made by Christianmingle.com. They met at the Super Bowl and four years, a Ferrari, two Bentleys, a Range Rover, a $1.8 million house and $240,000 in "living expenses" later, Cupid bit them both, though perhaps in different places. Not since Marion Barry cried "the bitch set me up" has such a powerful man paid such a price. (What's love got to do with it?)

The only penalties for what Mr. Sterling said, in a private conversation in his own home, can rightly be exacted by the NBA. He agreed when he bought the Clippers to accept the discipline of the league. He's entitled to his opinions, but he's not entitled to damage the league he owns with others.

But it's important to remember that the government has no dog in this fight. He's entitled to think what he wants and say what he wants, however vile, and take the moral consequences, which are severe. The government has nothing to say about that. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech, even low, hurtful and hateful speech.

Nevertheless, we can expect the lawyers to take center stage soon. An angry wife is in hot pursuit of his assets already, and others, no doubt including the sweetie, are busy lining up lawyers. Mr. Sterling lives to sue, too, and can afford expensive lawyers. Some of the other owners are said to have closets full of skeletons, eager for their invitations to the dance.

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