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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Oct. 10, 2006 / 18 Tishrei, 5767

Blasting the world back to sanity

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For a few brief hours yesterday, most of the world sounded, for once, sane. The news that North Korea had detonated a nuclear bomb startled friend and foe into something resembling collective fear, and if not trembling, at least concern.

But at the end of the day, as the cliché goes, there was growing belief that the explosion under a mountain in Hamgyong province in the northeastern corner of the Korean peninsula was not a nuclear explosion after all, but the detonation of conventional explosives intended to ignite the nuclear fuel. The experiment failed. The world could return to its day job of despising George W. Bush.

The North Koreans were trying to explode a plutonium-based device, more difficult to manage than the enriched-uranium bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki 61 years ago. The seismic readings, which can calibrate the difference between an earthquake and an underground explosion, indicated a blast with only a fraction of the killing power of the bomb on Hiroshima. Bad, but not awful, as explosions are measured.

If the blast was only of conventional explosive, it suggests that the rogues in Pyongyang are having trouble making their infernal machine actually work. "There was a seismic event that registered about 4 on the Richter scale," a high U.S. official familiar with the intelligence findings told Bill Gertz of The Washington Times, "but it still isn't clear whether it was a nuclear test. You can get that kind of seismic reading from high explosives."

The humiliation of the North Koreans will be total if it turns out that this was only a big firecracker. Kim Jong-il, "the dear leader" of a miserable revolution, was praised yesterday as "a prodigious general, visionary demigod and the 'Lodestar of the 21st Century.' " Not only that, he is the creator of the world's goofiest haircut and the only lodestar in a tight union suit with the backdoor sewn shut. (Demigods never have to go to the bathroom, anyway, so why not?)

Developing a working bomb would give Kim immeasurable prestige, particularly in Asia, where resentment of the round-eyed Europeans (which includes North Americans) is tempered by envy and frustration. Kim's minions have worked hard to build his image as a superman, once boasting that he made a hole-in-one four times in the first round of golf he ever played. All golfers tell tall tales, of course, but exploding a nuclear bomb would put the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on par with China and the United States — at least in the fevered North Korean imagination. Climbing down from such a claim would give Kim a hair day worse than usual, and that's saying a lot.

The explosion, nuclear or not, inevitably changes the stakes in Asia, altering the balance of power, upsetting the oil states, confusing the stock exchanges, roiling currency markets, rattling Japan, sobering Europe, and embarrassing China and South Korea no end. Beijing and Seoul have insisted that they can "work" with the regime, and now they're exposed as suckers for diplomatic sweet talk. The embarrassment is particularly acute in Seoul. "Under this situation," a chastened President Roh Moo-hyun said yesterday, "it's difficult for [North and South Korea] to maintain engagement policy."

There's fallout here for both Republicans and Democrats, which have been eagerly going after each other with chain, mail, mace, knife, club, rock and whatever else a determined pol can find to fashion as a weapon in the run-up to Nov. 7. As the possibility of a nuclear bomb becomes probability, thoughtful voters are likely to be more concerned about nuclear weapons available to the axis of evil than about who treated the House of Representatives as a bordello. Kim Jong-il may be the October surprise.

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