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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

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 March 29, 2007 / 10 Nissan 5767

From the ashes, a legacy: 9/11 family refuses to be bitter, turning a tragedy into an opportunity to do good for others

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Among the many lessons of history is that joy and tragedy are two sides of life's coin. The lesson is true even for those who suffered loss on 9/11, a fact I witnessed recently as a New York family turned its tragedy into a helping hand for others.


Jack and Kathleen Lynch lost their firefighter son, Michael, in the collapse of the World Trade Center. When his remains were found, a photographer captured the heartbreaking scene of the parents and family members carrying the flag-draped stretcher out of Ground Zero. To this day, their grief has not stopped.


Yet neither has the grief stopped the Lynches from constructing a remarkably positive legacy for their son and his fallen brothers. Their generous spirit was overflowing Monday, as it has been every year since 2002, at a large dinner celebrating the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation where 10 more students were awarded college scholarships in Michael's name. Their young lives are now linked to one who sacrificed himself to help others on the worst day in American history.


Altogether, 31 students, most of them the sons and daughters of firefighters, have gotten financial aid through the foundation. This year's crop is the largest yet, with the students headed to some of the nation's top schools, such as Georgetown, Columbia and Johns Hopkins, where they will study physics, music, education and engineering. About $600,000 has been committed by the foundation, which is run on a volunteer basis by Jack and Kathleen, their nine surviving children, other relatives and friends. The organization, whose Web site is www.mlynch.org, spends mere pennies of donations on overhead.


Mayor Bloomberg, no slouch at philanthropy himself, gave a touching speech to the crowd of about 300 in which he marveled at how the sprawling Lynch clan has found the courage not only to persevere, but to help others. Hizzoner spoke of looking at his own two daughters and thinking of how Jack and Kathleen have lost a son, yet managed to do enormous good in the face of such horror. Controller Bill Thompson struck a similar theme.


Witnessing those and other testimonials, which were punctuated by both laughter and tears, I found it hard to reconcile the evening with the horrors and fears of 9/11. To think back on those days is to remember the sense that the world we knew had been destroyed forever.


The city itself has bounced back, of course, and many 9/11 families have done remarkable things with their lives. Ordinary New Yorkers have done their part simply by living and working here. The Lynches have done that, and more. I am fortunate to have known them for years, yet I am still astonished by their amazing grace. Because of my family's long friendship with a niece (my wife, Jennifer Raab, also spoke at the dinner), I have seen how their suffering has spurred them to action.


Jack has been active in family groups, has written about the tangled issues surrounding Ground Zero and recently traveled to his native Ireland with Bloomberg to dedicate a memorial to the Fighting 69th, the Irish brigade whose exploits date to the Civil War. The memorial in Ireland contains a piece of steel from Ground Zero.


All those activities are aimed at keeping Michael Lynch's spirit alive and, as Jack noted Monday, reminding us that we cannot take our lives and liberties for granted. As the room hushed, he spoke plainly of the heavy burden of loss, the joy of helping others and of the historic meaning of 9/11. "We were free when they attacked us, we are free now, and we will be free when they are gone," he said.


Spoken from the heart by one who has paid the price of freedom.

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