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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 May 24, 2013/ 15 Sivan, 5773

Liberty, Where Have You Gone?

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A sagacious Bible scholar told me how important it was for the Israelites to look back and remember what the Almighty had done for them in the past because it gave them the strength to persevere through difficult times.

Sometimes we need to look back, too, and remember what we have to be grateful for in this country and what it is that is worth preserving.

In the book Lamentations, the Prophet Jeremiah was expressing his overwhelming sorrow at Babylon's destruction of Jerusalem. Jeremiah's grief reached a climax in the very center of the book when he was completely overwhelmed with despair. "My strength has perished, and so has my hope from the Lord."

But before he had finally given up, in the process of agonizing over his past suffering, he remembered something that gave him hope. He had been gracious to his people and had not totally consumed them as a result of their sins. G0D had always been faithful to his promises and his covenant, and therefore Jeremiah could put his hope in G0D. Thus, in the end, this book is more about hope than it is about despair, and that hope is based on a firm faith and trust in G0D. What rekindled that faith was Jeremiah's remembrance of G0D's character and his trustworthiness.

Please permit me a secular application of this lesson — which also has spiritual underpinnings, in that our liberty is grounded in biblical principles.

Many Americans are experiencing despair over what we believe is the destruction of this nation from within. We see a rejection of the moral principles and system of government that have made this the greatest nation in the history of the world. We fear that if we don't soon turn things around, we will lose the America we love.

To that end, we must look back and remember the foundations and timeless principles upon which this nation was built and recommit ourselves to them before it is too late.

The primary architects of our constitutional republic understood that history teaches essential lessons. They meticulously studied history and comparative political systems in preparation for crafting a system of government likeliest to maximize liberty.

In my late grandfather's bookshelf, I found a 1965 book titled "The Bill of Rights." In the chapter "Textbooks on Tyranny," the author wrote glowingly of the erudition of the Founding Fathers and their "intimate knowledge of the 500-year struggle between tyranny and freedom that had been going on in England."

He quoted a letter from young William Bradford of Philadelphia (who became George Washington's attorney general) to James Madison, in which Bradford asked Madison's advice on a list of books suitable for a "gentleman's library," with emphasis on books concerning "history and morality" or the British Constitution.

Madison provided the list, along with this comment: "I am pleased that you are going to converse with the Edwards and Henry and Charles etc. etc. who have swayed the British Sceptre though I believe you will find some of them dirty and unprofitable companions unless you will glean instruction from their follies and fall more in love with liberty by beholding such detestable pictures of tyranny and cruelty."

This comment, according to the author, "furnishes clear evidence that Madison thought of English history primarily as a contest between liberty and tyranny, and his thoughts were focused on the periods when tyranny ruled. As the scroll of the centuries unrolled, he beheld a warning against dire examples rather than a model to be followed. It was a one-sided appraisal, but his was a one-sided approach — the side of liberty.

"The side of liberty," indeed.

What all of this underscores is that America has abandoned its roots; we have forgotten history — our own and also the historical struggle between liberty and tyranny, which furnished the spiritual, intellectual and moral backdrop for the formation of this country. See Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny."

We conservatives have been warning for years that the big-government ideas of the statist liberal come with a price: the erosion of our liberties. America has forgotten that ordered liberty is the central organizing principle of this nation and traded it in for guaranteed security, which is destroying us.

The recent epidemic of Obama scandals, I believe, is symptomatic of Obama's ideology, his idea that government is the be-all and end-all — that all problems can be solved through government and that, in service to that cause, the ends justify any nefarious means.

The idea of liberty doesn't remotely animate Obama. He obviously doesn't understand it, gives it little thought and attaches minimal importance to it. His rhetoric, statist policies and corrupt governance prove it. His focus is on using government to reorder society in his Utopian image; individual liberty necessarily be damned.

As a people, we need to look back and remember what it is that made this nation unique: its commitment to our G0D-given rights and liberties and the constitutional framework that allowed them to flourish.

Unless we rededicate ourselves to restoring our liberty tradition and educating the uninitiated about the foundational importance of liberty and how our present course is destined to destroy it, we will not save ourselves. I'm hopeful that we will.

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