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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review March 27, 2006 / 27 Adar, 5766

Beauty & beastliness

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well, the blond-haired, blue-eyed teacher got off.

Debra Lafave had relations with a 14-year-old boy — what we refer to as rape, particularly when male teachers do such things — but she'll not do any jail time.

She was charged in two separate counties. The first sentenced her to three years of home detention and seven years of probation. Last week, the second decided to drop charges.

As it goes, the victim is suffering severe anxiety due to the unwanted media attention. His mother wants Lafave to do time, but she wants to protect her son more.

It's just as well the charges have been dropped. Lafave has striking blue eyes, a perfect complexion, perfect facial symmetry. She's way too good looking to prosecute.

If she were a homely teacher, they would have been able to throw the book at her. This is because her face would never have been plastered all over the evening news. Thus, the victim wouldn't have been overwhelmed with unwanted media attention. He might have been willing to testify.

In a nutshell, Lafave's looks got her off.

Attractive people have always had it good in America. Consider a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis last year. It found that attractive people earn, on average, 5 percent more than homely people do. Obese women earn 17 percent less than trim ones.

What's worse is that homely people are more likely to be criminals. According to the Washington Post, another study has determined that homely teens are more likely to turn to a life of crime than their good-looking peers.

Looks open doors in America. Homeliness slams them shut.

Last autumn, John Roberts was nominated to the Supreme Court. Despite his reputation as a conservative, he sailed through the nomination process. But another conservative judge, Robert Bork, was assailed during his nomination.

Where Roberts is congenial, fit and has the looks of a J.C. Penny mannequin, Bork looks like a guy who would eat a ham sandwich while pumping out your septic tank. I'm confident that if Bork looked like Robert Redford, or even John Roberts, he wouldn't have been "borked."

Looks are showcased on the evening news every night. In a country of 300 million, tragedies happen every day, but the ones to make the news generally involve good-looking people.

Take Laci and Scott Peterson. Laci was cute and bubbly, whereas Scott looked like one of the twits in GQ. Despite the fact that Scotty whacked his wife and his son, a lot of women found him likeable and handsome, and so he was featured on the news each night for months.

Every day in America a young woman is abducted and killed, but the victims who make the news are the pretty ones. Natalee Holloway had long blond hair and was very attractive. The recent murder of a college student in New York, a young woman who was also beautiful, is also being heavily reported.

Just last week in Pittsburgh, an odd story came to light. A woman who disappeared 10 years ago when she was 14 has been found. She was locked in a bedroom by her abductor.

Now 24, she has long, blond hair and blue eyes and is, by any measure, an attractive young woman. But if she were short and obese and had a pimply complexion, do you think this unusual story would stay in the news as long as it is going to?

To be sure, we're addicted to beauty in America, the superficial kind, anyhow. We're always giving beautiful people breaks, too, so it's only fitting the hot-looking teacher got off.

At her news conference, Lafave said it wasn't her fault. She admonished the media for underreporting her bipolar disorder. She said she's a good Christian, that she's engaged and that she just wants to get on with her life.

But, of course. There's no reason her actions or the law or her victim should stand in the way of someone as good-looking as she.

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