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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 July 27, 2012/ 8 Menachem-Av, 5772

Trouble, trouble at the Olympics

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney, the businessman with an eye for what's going wrong, can't resist the temptation to critique what he sees. A cliché-monger would call him a "problem-solver." Others would call him a pain in the neck.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee arrived in London this week, took a quick look around and observed the obvious, that neither our English cousins nor the London Olympics appear to be quite ready for prime time.

The man credited with saving the Salt Lake City winter Olympics called the well-known problems with security, traffic and a threatened strike by immigration officers "a bit disconcerting." The very word "disconcerting" is prim enough to suit the diplomats who know which finger to crook over a teacup, but not David Cameron, the prime minister who scolded Mr. Romney for his blunt language. Many of the thousands of reporters in town naturally called Mr. Romney's remarks a "gaffe," and suited up in their goggles and flying suits for duty in an open cockpit with the dreaded Gaffe Patrol.

But a true gaffe is when a politician unexpectedly tells it like it really is. So this may be an authentic gaffe. The run-up to the London Olympics has been a cluster of migraines for nearly everyone. They're enough to make an Olympian forget where he put his shot.

The prime minister, in his return fire, cited all the good things his government has done to make the London Olympics succeed, such as firing up enough enthusiasm to recruit 8,000 "ambassadors" be nice to visitors, and sending the Olympic flame on a 70-day journey through the isles on its way to the stadium for Friday's opening ceremony.

Even Mr. Romney mellowed his critique of Britons as the Olympic torch, which originated at the site of the original Olympics in Athens, approached the stadium. "Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?" he asked. "That's something which we only find out when the games actually begin." He made nice as well with 10 Downing Street, while slipping the needle to Barack Obama, telling a fund-raising rally for Americans in London that he is "looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again."

The bronze, by Sir Jacob Epstein, was lent to the White House in 200l at the request of President George W. Bush, an admirer of all things British, and sent back to London at the request Mr. Obama, who is not much of an admirer of anything British.

Controversy is nothing new to the Olympics, which has from its origins, renewed with the founding of the modern Olympics in 1896, nourished the conceit that the games are a force for peace, justice and other nifty things. "The day [the games] are introduced the cause of peace will have received a new and strong ally," said Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French organizer on the day the 1896 games opened.

Not much peace has happened since, though the Olympian bureaucracy still smears such treacle on the games. "Through the Olympic spirit we can instill brotherhood, respect, fair play, gender equality and even combat doping," Jacques Rogge, the current president of the International Olympic Committee, said during the planning of the London games. We haven't seen a lot of that, either.

"Far from finding 'a new and strong ally' in the games," writes the historian Andrew Roberts in the Wall Street Journal, "the cause of world peace has been betrayed by the International Olympic Committee time and again." He cites the example of the Berlin Olympics in 1936, awarded two years before Hitler came to power but which der fuehrer tried to make a showcase for his racist lunacy. He was thwarted by Jesse Owens, who gave the name "a goin' Jesse" new meaning by winning four gold medals while Hitler pouted from the grandstand.

Though those games were awarded before Hitler came to power in 1933, Mr. Roberts observes that 114 anti-semitic laws were put on the books by 1936, and the International Olympic Committee resisted withdrawing the games from Berlin. Avery Brundage, an American who chaired the committee, argued that since only 12 Jews had ever participated in the Olympics nobody could blame the Nazis if no Jews showed up for the '36 games.

This year the committee refused to make any recognition of the 1972 Olympics, where Palestinian guerrillas killed 11 Israeli athletes in Munich. President Obama joined the international demand for some sort of remembrance in London. The committee, in the name of world peace, said no. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Some world, some peace.

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