In this issue

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 21, 2014 / 19 Adar II, 5774

Communities, Folks, and Bullies

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama is one of those liberals who like to use the term "community" all the time when referring to any group. Maybe he feels comfortable with that term because he was a community organizer, but it's either "the gay community" or it's "the African American community" or the one that really drives me nuts, "the international community." When he spoke about the Ukraine/Crimean situation this morning he used "international community" at least 4 different times in his less than five minute talk.

Community used to mean a neighborhood or a suburb, not an entire population. "The international community" sounds stupid and juvenile to my ear. You might as well say "the intergalactic community" or the "community of the universe." If there's an "international community" and a "European community," can there be a "United States community?" How about a "China community?" Maybe we should refer to the Obama administration as the "White House community."

And when President Obama isn't referring to people in terms of a "community" he is referring to them as "folks." Once again, the word "folks" used to be reserved as a casual, sort of benign term for simple, ordinary people or one's own family. But Obama uses it to refer to anyone, even murderers as in "Those folks who flew the airplanes into the buildings on 9/11…" Sorry, but your mom and dad are folks. People in a studio audience are folks. Terrorists are not folks, they're murderous bastards.

And since we're on the subject of what we call people, when we think of the native people of the Caribbean Islands and the West Indies we tend to think of blacks, but they are not the true island natives. The blacks who live in those islands are no more indigenous of that area than are the whites. The islands (Jamaica, Bermuda, Antigua, Martinique, and the rest) were colonized by European whites in the 16th Century who brought over Africans as slaves to work the plantations. The real original natives to the islands were South American Indians.

At the time of the European arrival, three major indigenous peoples lived on the islands: the Taíno in the Greater Antilles, The Bahamas and the Leeward Islands; the Island Caribs and Galibi in the Windward Islands; and the Ciboney in western Cuba. Anthropologists believe that these people originally came to the islands by canoe from the South American mainland.

When the Europeans arrived the development of agriculture begun in the Caribbean. This required a large workforce of manual laborers, which the Europeans found by taking advantage of the slave trade in Africa. The Atlantic slave trade brought African slaves to British, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Slaves were brought to the Caribbean from the early 16th century until the end of the 19th century. The majority of slaves were brought to the Caribbean colonies between 1701 and 1810. In all likelihood they were not referred to as "the slave community."

When did the word "disrespect" become the popular term for anything that someone does that is not nice? When I grew up I only heard phrases such as "Never be disrespectful to your parents" or "Don't be disrespectful to your mother." Disrespectful was the word most often used, not disrespect.

And when someone was disrespectful, it was toward someone worthy of respect, such as an older person. No one ever thought to use it as in "Never disrespect your child." Children were not worthy of respect in the same way that your elders were. You loved your children, you taught your children, and you disciplined your children, but respect? Respect was what children were supposed to show their parents.

Now the term is used whenever something happens to you that you don't like. The clerk disrespected me. The guy in the car that cut me off disrespected me. Enough already!

Another overused and wrongly used word these days is "bully." Anytime someone shows aggression (usually a boy), they are labeled a "bully." Not only that, but being a "bully" is considered one of the worst things you can possibility be today. Go ahead, lie, cheat, steal, whatever, but just DON'T BE A BULLY. Even adult football players are now called "bullies" if they talk trash to their fellow players.

A lot of this nonsense comes from feminists and others who would like to stop the natural aggressive behavior of boys. Instead of worrying that boys might be too aggressive, we should be concerned that too many of our boys are losing their masculine identities. Incessantly picking on someone who is weaker than you are, is not the right thing to do nor is it the manly thing to do. It is what cowards do. But not all aggressive behavior is bullying, for Heaven's sake. Most of the time a healthy aggression and competiveness is normal in little boys. Little boys need to "man up" as a part of growing up and feminists need to deal with it.

Or am I just being a bully?

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