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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

The limitations of scientific miracles

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski


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Moses' reminder to our generation


“To be careful to perform all the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty thing for you, for it is your life.”

                        —   Deut. 32:46-47


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Why was it necessary for Moses to even say that Torah is not ''an empty thing?'' Furthermore, he continues, ''for it is your life.'' It is conceivable that one would say about an item, ''It is not worthless. It does have some value.'' But it is too drastic a contrast to say, ''It is not worthless, it is your very life.''


Moses was speaking prophetically to our generation, as he stated so clearly, ''Harm will befall you at the end of days, if you do what is wrong in the eyes of G-d'' (Deuteronomy 31:29).


The Jerusalem Talmud makes a sharp comment: ''If you think the Torah is empty, it is the fault of your perception'' (Pe'ah 1:1).


We are the beneficiaries of unprecedented scientific advances. Who would have dreamt that a human being would walk on the moon, that computers would be invented that can make thousands if not millions of complicated calculations in seconds, or that doctors would replace diseased kidneys, livers and even hearts. Even these epochal achievements pale before the possibilities that lie in the future: eliminating all disease by genetic engineering.


The undeniable accomplishments of science may cause parents to give their children an education that will provide them access to the world of science. However, parents may be so enthralled by the marvels of science that they may lose sight of the fact that science can provide only for the ''how'' of life, but not for the ''why'' of life. Even breaking the DNA code does not give a person an ultimate purpose for life.


The Midrash says, ''You may believe that there is knowledge in the secular world, but do not believe that there is Torah in the secular world'' (Eichah Rabbah 2:17).


Is it not paradoxical that in this age of scientific miracles, when we have the possibility of living in comfort as never before, that the drug epidemic is ravaging our youth, and that rampant violence and immorality threatens the very survival of mankind?


Some parents would never tolerate that their children be given a scanty secular education, but are perfectly willing to allow their children to be ignorant of Torah. How foolish to allow the ''how'' of life to totally obscure the importance of the ''why'' of life, of giving life meaning and value.


Yes, Moses was speaking to our generation, to which he had to say, ''Be careful to perform all the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty thing for you, for it is your life.''

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Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. is a psychiatrist and ordained rabbi. He is the founder of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, a leading center for addiction treatment. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he is a prolific author, with some 30 books to his credit, including, "Twerski on Chumash" (Bible), from which this was excerpted (Sales of this book help fund JWR). Comment by clicking here.

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