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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 24, 2012/ 5 Menachem-Av, 5772

'The greater love' survives a massacre

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Gloria Steinem was wrong. Once in a fit of frustration she rolled her eyes, stamped her foot, and declared that "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." This became a feminist battle cry in the war between the sexes.

Three young women, who survived the movie-palace massacre in Colorado because three men gave their lives to save them, beg to differ.

The names of the three - Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves - are inscribed permanently in their hearts, vivid reminders of the words of Christ as recorded in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." This is the passage where Christ teaches that authentic love is not mere emotion, treacly sentiment celebrated in the syrupy lyrics of Tin Pan Alley, but the act of sacrificial giving. "This is my commandment," Christ told his disciples, "that ye love one another as I have loved you."

Three sacrificial acts in a darkened charnel reveal the spark of humanity that can survive and prosper in the human heart.

Alas, the temptation to play politics with tragedy, with scribblers and cameramen standing hungrily at the ready, was too much to resist for politicians and others with axes to grind. Even those who should know better tried to one-up the Prince of Peace with the trivia of politically correct argle-bargle.

"This empty evil adds to a series of violent acts that weigh heavily on the national consciousness," said the Rev. Francis H. Wade, an Episcopalian divine who is the interim dean of Washington National Cathedral. He then moved the conversation smartly away from the pain of tragedy and saddled up a favorite hobby horse: "[These are] acts that must surely occasion focused discussion on the interplay of violence and the availability of guns."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York couldn't wait to get in their two bits' worth for taking guns away from those who had nothing to do with tragedy in Colorado or anywhere else. The prevailing sentiment of the pols was the Gospel not of the Apostle John but of Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, to "never let a crisis go to waste."

Most of the reaction, from every pol who could croak a note within hailing distance of a camera, conformed to the ritual which all know by heart - go on a bit about how awful the event was, how broken up the pol may be, and above all how his "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims and their families.

(Speechwriter shorthand for "thoughts and prayers" is "T&P," as in, "make sure to get the T&P up high in the statement for the press.")

Nowhere do the crocodile tears flow with more sordid abundance than in Hollywood, whence sprang "The Dark Knight Rises." Christopher Nolan, the director of the movie that inspired the massacre, was beside himself with regret, though not necessarily remorse, and not necessarily for the dead and wounded.

He assigned his "thoughts," pointedly omitting "prayers," and quickly moved on to tender remembrance of his own dreadful suffering. "I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on the screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me."

No doubt. The man's church, the movie palace (which has shrunk in most places to the dimensions of a tool shed), has been desecrated by reality imitating the mindless gore and offal on the screen.

The Colorado massacre has ignited anew a debate on whether the movies, video games and other media have so polluted the culture as to make massacres inevitable.

The shooter, the self-described orange-haired Joker of the Batman comic books, is solely responsible for the carnage in Colorado. It was he who did the deed. Collective guilt is for the sociologists and head-shrinkers. But only a fool argues that Hollywood has not dumped trash and garbage into the cesspool the culture has become.

We all have to swim in the pollution; a few of us, unable to keep a head above the sewage, cannot resist the temptation to imitate in pursuit of transient fame. The rest of us can take comfort and consolation in an unexpected act of "greater love."

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