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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. 22, 2006 / 29 Elul, 5766

Back to the old days, if only for a minute

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The most partisan of all the Democrats gave us a glimpse this week of how it used to be, and maybe could be again. But we shouldn't wait up.


The day after Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, described George W. Bush as the devil and said the podium at the United Nations General Assembly still reeked of sulfur, he went up to Harlem to bask in what he imagined would be praise and golden afterglow. And why not? Hugo reads the Internet, too, and cyberspace has been boiling and bubbling for weeks with vitriol and other toxins aimed at the president. You can't blame Hugo for expecting flowers, not ripe fruit.


Nevertheless, what he got was a Bronx cheer. Rep. Charles Rangel, who has been among the president's fiercest critics, let the visiting president have it with both barrels. The message was clear: "Get out of my district. Get out of town. Go home. (Write only if you get work.)"


What he actually said was plain enough: "It should be clear to all heads of state that criticism of Bush Administration policies, either domestic or foreign, does not entitle them to attack the president personally. George Bush is the president of the United States and represents the entire country. Any demeaning public attack against him is viewed by Republicans and Democrats, and all Americans, as an attack on all of us."


Nancy Pelosi, whom the Republicans are measuring for the shroud last used for Newt Gingrich, was even more colorfully forthcoming. "Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern-day Simon Bolivar, but all he is is an everyday thug," Mrs. Pelosi said. "Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations. He demeaned himself, and he demeaned Venezuela."


We might usefully explain to small children that this is the way it used to be in America, where the president was accorded certain perks and privileges, foremost among them the respect for the office, if not for his politics. Paying respect like this is regarded today as only for wimps. Partisan insult is expected all day, every day.


Mr. Chavez, who beat it out of town late yesterday with his considerable tail tucked between his overstuffed thighs, had on Wednesday incited the delegates from the toy nations to giggling and simpering [-] and of course the expected round of applause — with his attack on George W., describing him as Satan, though not necessarily the size of the Great Satan of Islamist invective. "The devil is right in the house," the Venezuelan president said. "And the devil came here yesterday. Right here. It smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of." What Mr. Chavez may have smelled was something from his own inner man, but the delegates nevertheless had a high old time listening to fun being poked at Big Daddy, who lives in the big house high above the town.


Not every Democrat was offended by the bad manners of the visiting head of state. Sen. Tom Harkin, speaking to a radio interviewer in his home state of Iowa, conceded that the Chavez remarks were "incendiary." But still. "Let me put it this way," he said. "I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies." He then lapsed into the Democratic mantra about the war in Iraq, dirty water (a joint Republican-germ conspiracy against nice people), medical aid (which George W. denies to the poor), and education (which the rich want to keep only for themselves and their children). Or something like that.


The opportunist defense of the president was not, to be sure, without qualification. Even Charlie Rangel was eager to protect his franchise. He appreciates the discounted oil that Venezuela is sending to poor neighborhoods in Harlem; maybe George W. had it coming. He invited scolding when he referred to an axis of evil nations as "the axis of evil." Charlie was surprised that "American oil companies have not stepped up to provide that kind of assistance to the poor."


The Democrats came to the president's aid in a way reminiscent of the fate of the embattled pastor of a small Baptist church back in the sticks. The preacher asked for a vote of confidence, and went home considerably cheered by the vote of 32 to 31. Sometimes you have to be satisfied with what you get, and it beats a stick in the eye.

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