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 May 10, 2013/ 1 Sivan, 5773


By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Evil exists. It's as real as goodness. It's as common as Starbucks. Actually more so. Sometimes you have to drive several blocks to find another Starbucks location, you don't have to go that far to find evil. Evil is as close as your own neighborhood, or closer. Evil can live right next door to you. For the last ten years, or maybe more, evil lived at 2207 Seymour Avenue, in Cleveland Ohio. That's where three young women were held in captivity for ten years, forced to endure years of sexual abuse and beatings inside a rundown house on Cleveland's west side.

The three young women were found alive along with a six year old child who was born to one of the captive women. A former assistant safety director for the city, said law enforcement officials told him that the women were beaten while pregnant, with unborn children not surviving, and that a dungeon of sorts with chains was in the home.

Police have arrested Ariel Castro, 52, the owner of the house and a former Cleveland school bus driver in connection with the alleged abductions. More than likely he has kidnapped and tortured many other girls through the years. This is pure evil; there is no other name for it.

Evil exists in Philadelphia too, where abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell is charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and four babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors. It is legal in Pennsylvania to abort a fetus up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy. Dr. Gosnell also faces charges that he performed 24 abortions well beyond 24 weeks.

Judge Jeffrey Minehart told jurors that state law defines a live baby as one that is fully expelled from the mother and showing signs of life such as breathing, heart beat or movement. These jurors actually had to have someone explain to them what constitutes a living baby. Can you imagine? God in Heaven! What a time we live in!

These four babies were supposed to be aborted, but they didn't cooperate with the late-term abortion and actually had the nerve to be born alive. They breathed, they survived, but then, prosecutors said, the good doctor deliberately severed their spinal cords. A doctor. Evil exists.

I'm angered when monsters like these get a pass from society by labeling them "sick." Calling an evil act "sick" is marginalizing it. It also turns the monster who committed the act into a victim. It relives him of personal responsibility. You see, it isn't his fault that he did what he did because he's sick. "Poor guy, he's sick, you know. Can't help himself." A sickness can be cured, so let's hospitalize the poor bastard and get him some treatment. "He isn't really bad, he just needs proper medication. Once he's rehabilitated he will become a productive member of society."

Yes, there are some people who are really mentally deranged and commit horrible acts, I don't deny that. Tucson killer Jared Lee Loughner and Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes are two that come to mind. I'm no doctor, but I think I'd be close in calling those two paranoid schizophrenic maniacs (or psycho killers for short). But I wouldn't label the kidnapper and rapist in Cleveland as such and neither would I call the abortion doctor by that term. These people are not crazy lunatics that have gone off their meds, they are evil.

Would you call the Nazi SS murderers "sick?" There were thousands of Nazis that committed horrible atrocities and murdered innocent men, women, children and babies. Were they all sick? The Soviet Union communists of the 20th Century killed and tortured millions. Was that a mental illness? Were the killing fields of Pol Pot something that might have been avoided with proper medication? What about the radical Islamic Jihadists? Are they all in need of medical attention? No, evil is what it is and evil it should be called.

In today's world of instant gratification and quick and easy answers it is always tempting to look for a convenient, easy answer to an unspeakable horror. But guess what? Sometimes there are no easy answers. The unfortunate fact is, evil is as much a part of our world as anything else. We'll never completely stop it from occurring but we have to face it honestly, head on, in order to deal with it. How do we do that?

By calling evil by its proper name whenever it occurs.

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