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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 Feb. 20, 2006 / 22 Shevat, 5766

Remembering Isachar Zacharie

By Herb Geduld


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Friend, emissary, politician and spy for Lincoln



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One of the most interesting relationships President Abraham Lincoln developed during the Civil War was with an obscure Jewish podiatrist, Isachar Zacharie. Zacharie was an English Jew who had a large podiatric practice in New York and who had treated some of the best-known bunions in America, including those of Henry Clay and William Cullen Bryant.


In September of 1862, he journeyed to Washington to treat Secretary of War Edwin Stanton who recommended his services to Lincoln. Zacharie, who was described by the New York Herald as "a man distinguished by a splendid Roman nose, fashionable whiskers, an eloquent tongue... great skill in his profession, an ingratiating address... and a plentiful supply of moral courage," succeeded in doing much more than removing the pains from the President's pedal digits. He became his close friend and confidant. In a September 24, 1864 editorial, the New York World described Zacharie as having "enjoyed Mr. Lincoln's confidence perhaps more than any other private individual... (and was) perhaps the most favored family visitor at the White House."


In a short time, Zacharie's reputation spread and he started removing corns from the feet of Union Army Generals McClellan, Banks and Burnside as well as various cabinet members. The Union remained standing — comfortably — because of the efforts of this Jewish podiatrist.

A SPECIAL MISSION
In January, 1863, Zacharie was sent by Lincoln on a special mission to New Orleans, then under the military governorship of General Banks. Other than removing a few corns on Banks' feet, Zacharie did very little podiatry there, but reported directly to the President on the state of affairs in the occupied city. He also acted as an intermediary between the military government and the civilian population, and was of substantial assistance to the New Orleans Jewish community.


In March, 1863, Zacharie returned to Washington to report to Lincoln, and in the next five or six months he conducted highly secret negotiations for Lincoln and his cabinet on proposals for a negotiated peace with the Confederacy. The cabinet, led by Secretary of War Seward, was very cold to these proposals, but Lincoln went over their heads and personally arranged for safe passage for Zacharie to Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy.


Zacharie conferred there with Judah P. Benjamin, the Jewish Secretary of State for the Confederacy and other leading Confederate officials. He returned to Washington happy in the thought that his meeting "was of the most friendly nature." Unfortunately, we know nothing about the actual proposals which Zacharie presented to the Confederacy or their specific reply. President Lincoln was delighted with the proposals, but the cabinet, containing many radicals who were determined to destroy the South, was not, and after a number of months, the plan fell into obscurity.


Frustrated as a peacemaker, Zacharie returned to New York to resume cutting toe nails instead of deals. He was honored at a testimonial dinner by the Jewish community and continued to work in local politics for Lincoln's re-election. He wrote to Lincoln on numerous occasions and many of his letters are on file in the Todd Lincoln Archives in the Library of Congress. Zacharie's last written communication from Lincoln was two months before Lincoln's assassination in 1865, when the President granted Zacharie a pass to visit part of his family who had lived in Savannah, Georgia throughout the war.


After Lincoln's death, Zacharie dropped back into obscurity, eventually returning to England, where he died in 1897. His enigmatic role as friend, emissary, politician and spy for Lincoln, a mostly forgotten piece of Americana, should be appropriately remembered on this day.

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