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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 Jan. 13, 2006 / 13 Teves, 5766

When the dead bless the living: A beacon of light to those seeking a ray of hope

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | To say that coal mining is a dangerous business is trite. To say that coal isn't necessary in this age of diminishing availability of fuel and the correspondingly rapidly increasing prices, is short sighted. To say that the need for coal could be diminished by nuclear energy is right, but not PC at the moment. So coal will be firing our heat and electricity for the foreseeable future. The problem with coal is that much of it looms deep underground, needing humans to retrieve it.

One would think that in this technological age, mining could be accomplished using robotics, cameras, and computers. Then miners could build tunnels, mine coal, and get manicures, while sitting in air conditioned offices. Their families and friends wouldn't worry about their sudden demise due to explosion, suffocation, or gas poisoning. All they'd have to do would be to push the right buttons, and worry about what's for lunch in the company cafeteria.

Alas, even if the Sago mine owners complied with standards, which they didn't, I think everyone would agree coalmining today is a risky business.

What I took away from that tragedy was the utter selflessness of those miners, who on their very last brain waves, on their very last wisps of life-nourishing oxygen, on their very last milliseconds of consciousness, spent their dying moments preparing their loved ones and friends for their demise. They did it in such a way that the mystery of their death would now provide comfort and closing to those left behind.

Yes, there was suffering, finger pointing, inexplicable miscommunications, threatened lawsuits, celebrations that amazingly plunged into exhausting anger and depression. It was a roller coaster of every emotion imaginable.

Everyone that has suffered the surprise loss of a loved one will always remember the last moments of their death. They'll recall where they were, the last contact, the last words. Whether the memory was mundane, sweet, or a fight, the experience will be a daily reminder for the rest of their days.

The miners used their last bits of energy to make those thoughts a blessing, not a nightmare.

In the case of the Sago miners, those last moments were cushioned by the soothing, comforting words meant to leave the living the lightest load to carry through their years… "We're not suffering." We're going to sleep now." We'll see you on the other side." "We love you." They left enduring memories, spending their last conscience moments focused on the souls of family and friends that remained, instead of their own justifiable lament. I pray that the miners were likewise rewarded when they passed from this life.

Rumor has it that the older miners shared what little emergency oxygen they had with the youngest miner. In appreciating what we know about those brave hearts, it could be entirely possible, if not probable. We'll know when 26 year old Randal McCloy, father and husband, recovers, with the grace of G-d.

The children, wives, parents, grandchildren of these miners are truly blessed. Beyond their extended family, humans everywhere should be buoyed by their noble actions.

I know I will. I'll never forget.

Sleep well sweet princes. Sleep well.

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