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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 Sept. 17, 2013/ 13 Tishrei, 5774

Laughter drowned in sorrow

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If, as certain wise men are saying, that Barack Obama's Syrian deal with Vladimir Putin will die of a thousand cuts, somebody with a knife had better get busy. Four or five slices have been taken out of the deal and the carcass looks like it could already use a transfusion. It won't last for a thousand cuts, or even a dozen.

The agreement worked out between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russians requires several things that the Russians and their client Bashar Assad are not likely to deliver as promised. The first is a "comprehensive listing" of its chemical stockpiles "within a week." Even if the Syrians delivered such an inventory it would be a list of fiction, and there were reports Monday in the Lebanese and Israeli newspapers that convoys of trucks, believed to be hauling chemicals, have been seen leaving Syria for Lebanon and Iraq.

Under the agreement, arms inspectors must be "on the ground" by November to supervise the inspections by mid-2014. This gives the Syrians, and the Russians, ample time to make sure there's nothing more than a Junior Chemistry Set to inspect. The real goods will be long gone, hidden away in dozens of hidey holes in the mountains or deserts, where they can be conveniently retrieved when wanted or needed.



John Bolton, the former chief U.S. delegate to the United Nations and now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is among those not impressed by the prospect of getting even an inventory from the Syrians. "It'll slip a few days," he says, "or maybe a few more. Maybe the first declaration won't be full and complete, and it will have to be amended. And then it'll have to be amended again."

Soon enough everyone will be bored by the delay, obfuscation, fibs and stretchers. "Moving on" is what we all do well, and nowhere is "moving on" done better than in Washington, where the pursuit of the new thing is much prized. The White House is obviously counting on it. John Kerry concedes that the agreement he worked out with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, makes no mention of how Syria will be punished if it merely blows smoke at Washington. Mr. Kerry assures us that the United Nations Security Council can deal with it. If the Security Council does what it does best, which is nothing, the secretary can write a strong letter of protest, and if that doesn't work there will be time to get really tough. He'll write a letter to the editor.

Vladimir Putin is thoroughly enjoying himself, grooving on the humiliation of Barack Obama and the Americans. The taunting is catching. A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian parliament couldn't resist tweeting a tweet about the shooting Mondayat the Washington Navy Yard: "A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington - a lone gunman and seven corpses. Nobody's even surprised any more. A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism."

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, Moscow wouldn't have dared mock even Jimmy Carter that way.

Some mocking is more serious than mere twittering. Syria is joining the Chemical Warfare Convention, as it must as part of the agreement, and it has to have a sponsor, sort of like sponsoring the sweetheart of Sigma Chi (all the words, but no music), so Moscow stepped up to do the honors. Poor Syria. The Russians are the only sponsors they could find. The Russians themselves have never made a full and final accounting of their own chemical stockpiles, which puts them in violation of the treaty. "So the notion that Russia is going to vouch for Bashar Assad is almost comical," Mr. Bolton told Fox News. "You can't make this stuff up."

The agreement is laced with such irony. The agreement assures the world that the Security Council will take measures "commensurate" with any violations of the treaty, and commensurate could mean anything from leaving the vodka out of the lemonade in the delegates' lounge to changing the lock on the door to the men's room. The agreement provides ample time to debate the punishment (if any).

President Obama has raised ineptitude and incompetence to an art never before seen at the White House. "I got elected to end wars, not start them," he told PBS News last week. "Over the last four and a half years, I have done everything I could to limit our footprint around the world." He has certainly done that, but the cheers he sought sound more like laughter, with the laughter drowned in sorrow.

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