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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 July 23, 2010 / 12 Menachem-Av, 5770

Where is the teacher for this right moment?

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Teachable moments" can be good, but only if the class is listening. It helps if there's a teacher on hand to exploit the moment.

But sometimes the teacher needs remedial help himself. Like this week, when Barack Obama, the presiding pedant, first ordered Shirley Sherrod fired for something he thought she said, then ordered her hired back after he listened to what she actually said. She got a presidential apology, but there was no invitation to drop in at the White House for a beer. Sorry, Shirley, but this Bud's just not for you.

The president and his men (and women) more and more resemble the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Mrs. Sherrod's sin, and maybe her crime as well, was to tell a meeting of the NAACP how she, as a counselor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, used to be a racist, but isn't now, and she regrets very much having been tempted in the bad old days to withhold her best effort from a farmer just because he was white.

This could have been that rare "teachable moment." Even Robert Gibbs, the president's press secretary, said so, though it's not exactly clear who he thinks has the most to learn from it. He agreed the moment was teachable, "but I don't think, I don't, uh, think, I don't, uh, think - I don't know who, ah, the teacher is. I, uh, don't think, I don't think the teacher is necessarily the president."

The president has already fumbled several teachable moments. First, there was the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the spiritual adviser of Mr. Obama over two decades. When the preacher's crackpottery, his racist sermons, were revealed in mid-campaign Mr. Obama first said he couldn't throw his pastor under the bus, and then under the bus the passionate prelate went. Perhaps those were two teachable moments. Along came professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard, who was questioned by a cop (white) after neighbors complained that someone was trying to break into the Gates house on a quiet street off the Harvard campus. The "housebreaker" was Mr. Gates himself, who had lost the key to his front door. Instead of saying thanks to the cop for looking out for his property, the professor raised the cry of racism, and the president called the cop stupid. After apologies all around, the president invited both men to the White House for the brew that Mrs. Sherrod apparently won't get.

This is the best teachable moment, because the time is right for calling the class to order. Racism is still real in America (and indeed everywhere in the world, except maybe Iceland), but blaming "racism" for every angry word, unfair parking ticket or stubbing your toe on your way to the bathroom in the wee dark hours deprives the word of its true meaning and shocking power. This is what the right teacher could teach the class, and who better to teach than the president of the United States?

The exposure of Mrs. Sherrod's remarks to the NAACP were particularly sensitive because they followed the NAACP's resolution to censure Tea Party activists for "racism." The NAACP's real beef with the Tea Party is over economic and welfare issues, taxes and runaway spending, but arguing over such issues is not as much fun as calling someone stupid, a Communist, a Nazi, a fascist or a racist. The accusation is sensational enough; no evidence is required. Only this week, Reuters, the British news agency, reported as fact: "Images such as Obama with a bone through his nose and the White House with a lawn full of watermelons are often displayed at Tea Party rallies." Often displayed? No one has reported seeing that at a Tea Party rally, ever.

There will always be someone to make the racial insult, to call a black man a [n-word]; a Jew, a kike; an Arab, a raghead; a Southerner, a redneck. But the oafs and bumpkins have at last been pushed to the margins. No nation in history has turned itself inside out and upside down to make amends for sins of the past like the United States of America. Americans did it not for praise or thanks, but because it was the right thing to do. Virtue, especially late virtue, is its own liberating reward. This was what Shirley Sherrod was trying to tell the NAACP. This is what the brave right teacher could tell the class.

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