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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

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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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

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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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

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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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

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April 8, 2014

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Jewish World Review Feb. 11, 2009 / 17 Shevat 5769

A new era of responsibility?

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before Chesley Sullenberger had made a single public statement about the "miracle on the Hudson," you knew what he was going to say. You knew it from his résumé: a pilot's license at age 14, an Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award at the Air Force Academy, a flight leader and training officer as a fighter pilot, 19,000 hours of flight time as a commercial pilot and a safety consulting business on the side.

And you knew it from the fact that Sully, as the world now knows him, performed an almost incomparable aeronautical feat: landing a powerless commercial airliner from a half-mile up with no loss of life and no serious injuries. That doesn't happen by accident.

Nevertheless, it was incredibly refreshing to hear the words he gave at a hero's welcome in his hometown of Danville, Calif. "I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do."

Even the "we" was an extraordinarily gracious touch from a conscientious leader. "I think, in many ways," Sullenberger told "60 Minutes" Katie Couric, "my entire life up to that moment had been a preparation to handle that particular moment."

Dedicated, unflappable, duty-bound, humble — if President Obama is serious about starting a new era of responsibility, he'll create a Department of Integrity and Dependability and put Sullenberger in charge. God knows plenty of Washington's denizens — and not a few of Obama's own Cabinet nominees — could benefit from his example.

When Flight 1549 sank to the bottom of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, it carried with it a book — on professional ethics, no less — Sullenberger had checked it out from the Danville public library. After triple checking the well-being of his passengers, praising his crew and thanking first responders, the secretary of responsibility contacted the library to request an extension. It seems unlikely that paying taxes would escape his preflight checklist.

If Sullenberger and Flight 1549 inspire hope for the era of responsibility, then Nadya Suleman and the "in vitro eight" offer an abject illustration of an irresponsible status quo.

Suleman, 33, is single. She has no job, no means of support. She lives in her parent's three-bedroom home. She had — until recently — six children, one of them with special needs. Now there are 14.

Just like the miracle on the Hudson, the miracle octuplets didn't happen without a lot of planning and a lot of help. Yet the pilot mother and her fertility crew evidently didn't stop to question the wisdom of treating a human womb like a cargo hold, didn't challenge the assumption that more is always better, didn't ponder the downside to instant gratification, didn't ask the question, "Who will be responsible?" or more basically, "Is this responsible?"

On "Meet the Press" this week, host David Gregory peppered a bipartisan panel of senators and representatives about the deplorable state of irresponsibility in the nation's capital. Without a hint of irony, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Fannie Mae, offered this gem of accountability:

"Frankly, I think that part of the problem is the voters. You know, nobody in the Senate — well, a couple in the Senate — but nobody in the House parachuted in. And the voters have to be tougher. I don't think they hold us to a high enough standard."

Got that? The nation teeters on the brink of economic disaster, the result of a failure of oversight and regulation. Congress is doling out portions of the economic stimulus to special interests. The White House is letting the revolving door of insiders and lobbyists go supersonic. And it's your fault, voters. It's your fault.

It's too bad there aren't more Chesley Sullenbergers in Washington. The reality is, however, that if Nadya Suleman ever decides to re-enter the job market, she has proven herself worthy of a run for Congress. She's already demonstrated an amazing capacity to create children with the same discretion and forethought that Frank and Co. generate public policy.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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