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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 May 8, 2014 / 8 Iyar, 5774

Will Scotland Go The Way of Slovakia?

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What do you think of the September vote in Great Britain to decide whether Scotland shall be free of London's rule? Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom since 1707. Yet, in September, Britain will go to the polls to vote "yes" or "no" as to the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" If a majority vote "yes," Great Britain will be great no more.

The Act of Union in 1707 was a long time ago. It ushered in over 300 years of uniting — dare I say it — two great people, the Scots and the English. The Scots may have been portrayed as a junior partner, but they held their own. Edinburgh in the 1770s came to be called "the Athens of the North," the home for a brilliant enlightenment with great thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith. Over the past 300 years, the Scots have made splendid contributions to philosophy, science, the arts, commerce, warfare and — forget not — drink. To this day, its leading export is whisky, and it is very good whisky, on par with Tennessee bourbon, maybe even better.

Yet now centrifugal force has set in. A sizable minority of Scots will vote "yes" this autumn, and they have they have the momentum. They could become a majority by the election. Would Scotland really relish its role in the community of nations as a country that has no clout? Would it relish diminishing England? Today, Scotsmen figure mightily in the world with their power base in Scotland and England. Just a few years ago a Scot, Gordon Brown, was prime minister. England is peppered with powerful Scotsmen. Do they really want to diminish themselves to the level of, say, Slovakia.

Slovakia broke from Czechoslovakia in 1993, goaded by visions of self-importance and an irrational urge for change. The Czech Republic, full of confidence and cultural and economic competence, greeted the divorce with insouciance. Today it is about as important in the world as it was before the split. As for Slovakia, well it is a backwater.



I do not think Scotland will ever be a backwater, but it will not be what it has been while united with England. So what do the English think about the coming election? Polling suggests that as many as 60 percent do not want Scotland to exit. On the other hand, the prospect of an exit does not cause a lot of agitation. It is mostly accompanied by a shrug. According to Freddy Gray, the managing editor of the London Spectator, "as the polls tighten and the momentous day approaches, Englishmen remain strangely disinterested." Prime Minister David Cameron gave what he thought was a stirring Churchillian speech for unity in February. "We want you to stay," he said to the Scots. His speech fell flat. It is typical of the oratory surrounding this election. In a word, it is boring.

So what is the likely outcome? I do not know, though I have followed the debate carefully. Possibly it is difficult to predict the election because it was always so difficult to have anticipated it a few years ago. After more than 300 years united with England, the Scots want to revert to their former condition. It is as though the American West chose independence or, ever more implausible, the American South, notwithstanding a bloody civil war.

Allow me to offer our British cousins a way out. Follow the course taken some years ago by the citizens of Toronto and the rest of the province of Ontario when confronted by the citizens of Quebec who were seized by an independence movement. The citizenry of England should make it very clear that they frankly "don't give a damn." It worked in Canada, and my guess is it will work in Great Britain. Faced with the complexities of conjuring up a new nation, the Scots will be glad to return to Great Britain.

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