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December 2, 2014

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

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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. 11, 2011 / 12 Elul, 5771

But what will it mean?

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On this solemn day, members of the clergy, civic leaders and commentators are reflecting on the meaning of Sept. 11. They are asking what this tragedy meant, how it changed us, how the world is different. These are important questions, and we can hope that their constant repetition on this commemoration doesn't diminish them by making them part of the din rather than part of the discussion.

But let's try to get at the answer by asking the question literally and not figuratively: Not what is the meaning of Sept. 11 but, instead, what does Sept. 11 mean? What will it mean a decade from now? Two decades from now?

The answer is elusive but vital. And that answer depends in large measure on what happens in the next decade.

If the next 10 years are marked by tragedies resembling Sept. 11, or events that grow directly out of the terrorist attacks of that day -- the establishment of Yemen, for example, as a haven for al-Qaida attacks -- this date will be regarded as an opening act rather than a solitary or isolated act. It will render the attacks on New York and Washington as 21st-century versions of the shelling of Fort Sumter, which opened the Civil War, or the attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted American entry into World War II. But if no such tragedy follows the one a decade ago, it may be regarded quite differently.

Today, everybody knows the meaning of Sept. 11. We regard it as one of the most horrific days in our nation's history, along with Pearl Harbor. We can think of no equal, not even the Battle of Antietam, which with its 23,000 dead is the bloodiest day in American history. We believe the shock we felt a decade ago will last forever, shared by those who follow us, for as long as there is a United States. For all of us who were alive that day, that is our most somber hope.

But time passes, and events vivid in the national memory become moments in the nation's history, and though Sept. 11 will never be an ordinary day in the calendar there may come a time when that date is simply a sad event in the country's long narrative.

Few will pause this Saturday to mark the 149th anniversary of Antietam and even next year, when the decimal system prompts us to recall Sept. 17, 1862, as the 150th anniversary of that bloody day -- the day that prompted Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, arguably a more important event than anything that has happened in the 21st century thus far -- most Americans won't linger on the importance of the day, or even notice it.

Even Dec. 7 has lost its power. For decades the date required no explanation, and even to add one here seems unnecessary, even insulting. But ask recent college graduates what happened on Dec. 7 and you will be astonished at the blank faces. Yet for the first quarter-century after Pearl Harbor, maybe more, that date had special impact.

Lady Bird Johnson once told me that one of the hardest things about what followed Nov. 22, 1963, was that the Johnsons had to move into the White House on Dec. 7. The notion of doing such a thing on such a day horrified and saddened her. It was, after all, only 22 years later.

But even the force of the date Nov. 22, dropped so casually in the previous paragraph, has diminished. It will always be a day of crying and crepe for those who were alive when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. But who among us stopped on Tuesday in sadness and shock? That was the 110th anniversary of the shooting of William McKinley, and it passed virtually unnoticed. How many people are moved by the passing of each July 2, the anniversary of the assassination of James A. Garfield, who in his youth may have been nearly as inspiring a figure as Kennedy? Quick: What's the meaning of April 14?

There is a simple way of determining the general age of Americans. You simply ask them to identify V-E Day. The tie breaker is to ask the specific date. Anyone who can answer the first question (Victory in Europe Day) is 50 or older. Anyone who can answer the tie-breaker (May 8, 1945) is 75 or older. You can try this at home.

But don't even attempt the most poetic moment in European history: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Hardly a person is now alive who remembers that famous day and year.

The great American historian and essayist Henry Adams returned to the United States after seven years in Europe at the end of the Civil War period. He wrote this about his and his parents' return to Boston:

"Had they been Tyrian traders of the year B.C. 1000, landing from a galley fresh from Gibraltar, they could hardly have been stranger on the shore of a world, so changed from what it had been 10 years before."

The change in the United States in the 10 years since the planes smashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field at Stonycreek near Shanksville, Pa., is profound, almost certainly indelible. We think differently about our place in the world, about power, about freedom and about the price of them both.

Two generations ago, during the ascendancy of the dictators in Europe, we defined freedom as the right to boo the Dodgers. Today we define it as the right to go to the mall or on a plane without mortal fear. Anyone who says we haven't changed hasn't looked at an airplane cruising above a city skyline on any of the 3,651 days since Sept. 11, 2001, and had the same terrifying thought 300 million other Americans have had.

We have changed, but we will change some more, and as difficult as it is to imagine now, the power of the digits 9/11 may diminish, just as the power of Nov. 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when World War I ended) and April 14, 1865 (the assassination of Lincoln) have seeped away. That's what the head says. But only a decade out, the memories still vivid, the sadness still raw, the heart says a far different thing. It screams: Never forget.

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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Previously:



09/05/11 A horse race column: Who might win the GOP nomination and how it might unfold
08/29/11 The vacuum calls
08/22/11 Passion and politics: How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney got crowded into the same dangerous corner
08/15/11 Eleanor's little village
08/08/11 The agony of August
08/01/11 The politics of the impossible: What a country this might be if the political class served the broad interests of the majority
07/25/11 Pennant fever grips 'Burgh
07/18/11 Exemplar of an era
07/11/11 On summer
07/04/11 The soul of the party
06/27/11 What the Secretary said
06/20/11 Romney has big advantages over his rivals, but they will be coming after him
06/06/11 One question each
05/30/11 The 14-week challenge
05/23/11 Delay tactics
05/16/11 Republicans are waiting
05/09/11 Bin Laden is dead. What does it mean?
05/02/11 From nobodies to nominees
04/25/11 The founders left slavery for future generations to settle, and we still haven't fully come to terms with it
04/18/11 From audacious to cautious
04/11/11 Dreaming of space
12/12/10 The GOP takes control
12/06/10 DECEMBER 7
11/29/10 GOP presidential hopefuls already are lining up local supporters in what is now a red state
11/22/10 Burning down the House
11/15/10 Institutions of higher learning are finally beginning to teach important lifeskills
11/04/10 The war has just begun
11/01/10 Echoes of a speech 40 years ago this week still resonate today
10/25/10 50 years ago America chose between two men who were dramatically different --- and eerily similar





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