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 August 5, 2014 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5774

A panic more lethal than a virus

By Wesley Pruden

JewishWorldReview.com | Here we go again, and this time the panic is on steroids. The ebola sickness is a horrific disease, and the virus that causes it is lethal and fast-moving. But the way much of the media, which is also lethal and fast-moving, covers the outbreak is even more horrific, spreading misinformation, fear and panic faster than a speeding bullet.

You might think we'll all be dead by Thursday next. Ebola joins AIDS, SARS, MERS and avian flu as diseases that were supposed to have accomplished wipe-out by now. Ebola is a dark word, redolent of sorcery and reeking of mystery, a word that rolls easily off the tongue and it's short enough to fit neatly into any headline.

Village customs in parts of Africa that are strange to the rest of the world swiftly spread highly infectious diseases like ebola, but these are customs absent in the United States and Europe. That's why public health officials say the likelihood of a widespread outbreak in America is very low.

Hysteria is contagious, too, and far more contagious than a mere virus. Media hysteria was once largely confined to "television news," with its shrill voices and screaming graphics in hot pursuit of "market share," but the Internet has made shouting and screaming the national pastime. The Web has become a media free-for-all, inviting pile-on. Editors, such as there are, compete on the Web to see who can cry death and doom loudest. Some Web purveyors of the news have temporarily suspended coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner to reprise fear and loathing in an endless loop of fright, out of date facts, rumors and speculation played over and over.

Even some newspapers, once presided over by curmudgeons clutching a handful of blue pencils and eager to use them to keep their pages free of malignant melodrama, have joined the chase for a piece of that vast audience of lip-readers, sensation-seekers and the terminally ignorant.

Since nothing is as sensational as imminent death for all, a threat like a killer disease irresistible. If it's a disease imported from Africa, the dark continent whence comes all manner of fear and fright, sensation will know no bounds. Ebola is one of the most frightening viruses of this or any year, with horrific symptoms and no cure, and fear outruns the facts.

Perspective is lost. There's a world of difference between an African village with open sewers and primitive sources of water shared by everyone, and everyday life in the United States (and Europe) where running water, flush toilets and basic personal hygiene are the rule, not the exception. Almost no one (except in the trendiest restaurants of Manhattan where the weird and strange are the pleasures of the table) dines on fruit bats, large rodents and forest antelope, the "bush meat" that many African villagers regard as treats. "Life is not easy here in the village," a village elder tells a correspondent for the London Guardian. "The authorities want to ban our traditions that we have observed for generations. Bush meat is available. Banning bush meat means a new way of life, which is unrealistic."

Just trying to talk to backwoods villagers, whence the outbreak sprang, can be dangerous for the well-meaning who only want to help. In Guinea, one native volunteer tells the newspapers that villagers threatened to kill her. "We were told that if we don't leave we would be cut into pieces and our flesh thrown into the water."

Many villagers in the afflicted villages noticed that ebola outbreaks occurred with the arrival of government agents promoting changes in the native way of life, and put 2 and 2 together and came up with 5. They accused health workers of spreading the sickness. Others blame witches who cast evil spells.

"The main behavior change needed is at funerals where a lot of cases are contracted," says Stephane Doyonne, the co-ordinator of Doctors Without Borders. "That and good protective measures at [hospitals and clinics] are the most important targets."

Exposure to the sick and the washing of bodies can be particularly dangerous. Touching, fondling and even embracing bodies is common in remote villages, and those who wash the dead for burial are particularly at risk because blood is a primary carrier of the virus. One of the characteristics of ebola sickness is external bleeding. There's blood and lots of it.

Since that rarely happens with mourners in Rhode Island or Oregon or places between, the chances of ebola sickness coming to America in big numbers - or even little numbers - is not great. The toll in Africa, horrific enough, would be much greater but for work of brave and selfless volunteers from America and Europe. Fear is natural, but hysteria makes it worse. Media, please copy.

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