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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 August 26, 2011 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5771

When a quake really was a quake

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We're all orangutans now.

Iris the orangutan at the National Zoo in Washington -- which The Washington Post's man on the scene, citing her "straight, elegant red-orange hair," calls the prettiest orangutan at the zoo -- showed the nation's capital just how to behave in a minor-league earthquake.

Seconds before humans felt anything, Iris gave the loud guttural cry the zookeepers call a "belch vocal" and ran frantically for cover. And not just Iris. The zoo was alive with panic immediately before the temblor was felt under human foot -- gorillas, flamingos, field mice, beavers, vipers, cotton-mouth moccasins, Komodo dragons and everything else breathed, burped, slithered and stalked. So, too, did nearly everyone else on Capitol Hill, in the White House and among the various offices where making trouble for ordinary taxpayers is the work of the day.

Terror and earthquake struck the supper dish and you might have thought it was the most horrific quake to rattle the tectonic plates since San Francisco was leveled in 1906. Dishes tinkled in china cabinets, a picture fell from the wall in a house beside a country lane in Northern Virginia, the earth moved in Bethesda(thrilling a new bride) and somewhere inGeorgetown, a garbage bin tipped over, spilling out three tin cans, a handful of coffee grounds and a dented pizza box. This was serious stuff, as serious stuff is measured by the minions of press and tube.

Streets were jammed as government buildings emptied, sending guvvies racing to pick their way through sidewalks littered with millions of fresh corpses. Soon the government decreed work dismissed for the day and everyone hurried home to avoid the killer tsunami everyone expected to race up Rock Creek to drench the rush hour. Dread and dismay descended swiftly over a mortally wounded city.

Or maybe it just seemed that way. It's difficult to measure disasters that strike us now. We've become the Infantile Society, eager only to be coddled, burped and entertained, with noise masquerading as music, and nicks and bruises as deep cuts and real wounds. Fright and alarm lie all around. President Obama, who finally had a credible excuse for missing a putt when the temblor shook the green on the ninth hole at a golf course on Martha's Vineyard, must now include in his new stimulus an appropriation for thousands of new therapists and counselors. The land (or at least the District of Columbia) is still in shock, and who knows how many fragile psyches were left unattended on thePotomac. "There's more going on in the Earth than we understand," a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey tells a reporter. Indeed.

We can only trust and pray thatWashington is unique in the face of fright. The auguries are not always reassuring. With a Category 3 (or more, or less) hurricane approaching in the wake of the quake, the capital could expect the usual run on milk, bread and, naturally, toilet paper. The supermarkets were crowded by late Thursday and by nightfall Friday there wouldn't be a loose roll of toilet paper anywhere east of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi, in fact, is the site of the king of the American earthquakes. The first temblors along what would be called the New Madrid Fault in southern Missouristruck in December 1811 and continued through January 1812. One quake so shocked the earth that the Mississippi ran backward, created the vast Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee, stirred residents awake in Pittsburgh and Norfolk, rang church bells in Boston, toppled chimneys in Maine, and cracked open sidewalks in Washington. Worst of all, quilted toilet paper had not yet been invented.

Mocking the fright of others, even presiding guvvies, is not nice, and William Clark, the governor of the newly purchased Louisiana Territory, in his request to the government in Washington for federal relief noted that in "the Catalogue of miseries and afflictions, with which it has pleased the Supreme Being of the Universe to visit the inhabitants of the earth, there are none more truly awful and destructive than Earthquakes . . . provisions ought to be made by law for, or cashiered to, the said inhabitants' relief, either out of the public fund or in some other way as . . . can meet the cost demand availability of the General Government."

Clark, famous for his expedition with Meriwether Lewis to investigate theLouisiana real estate Jefferson purchased from France, thus made one of the first requests for federal disaster aid. That was a real earthquake, with real aftershocks.

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