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 27, 2013/ 21 Elul, 5773

A teaching moment for Barack Obama

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Words just don't have meanings they once did. We have a gift for abusing and discounting the language. "Hate" was once one of the most powerful words in the language. We've reduced it to a footnote on a legal bill of indictment.

When some crimes are so awful that even words won't do, we try to add emphasis, like saying it in italics or capital letters. Eventually even the italics and capitals are reduced to fine print in the public consciousness.

Calling certain acts "hate crimes" is a meaningless sop to public opinion. All murder is a hate crime, whether in Florida or Oklahoma. Sometimes the hate is premeditated hate, sometimes it's hate only in the moment of the act. Murder has been a hate crime since Cain slew Abel and Romulus killed Remus, the ultimate expression of hate. Adding the prefix doesn't make one murder more deadly than another. Corpses feel neither pain nor rebuke. The hate, being a thought, isn't a crime but a sin. The state punishes the act; the sin is condemned in a moral code to be punished by a higher law.

The death of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in a struggle to the death with George Zimmerman, was never classified as a "hate crime," though his death was remarked by many as the crime of the century. When a jury, sifting through the evidence adduced over a trial of several weeks, decided that the death, though sad and unfortunate, was not a crime under the law, the verdict was called a hate crime.

Some crimes aren't regarded as hateful in the law. When Chris Lane, a young white man and an Australian student at East Central Oklahoma University, was shot in the back on a jog along a quiet residential street, and a young black man who boasted that he hated white folks was charged with murder, the cops and the district attorney decided there was nothing about it hateful enough to make the hate list. Just your routine neighborly death by murder. One of the suspects was conveniently identified as "white" because he's the son of a white mother and a black father (like the president).

The idea of making the hate a crime followed a particularly gruesome murder in tiny Jasper, Texas 15 years ago, when three white men spent much of the night drinking beer with one James Byrd Jr., a black man, and decided that it would be a hoot to tie him to the back of their pick-up and drag him to his death. The wanton brutality of it shocked the nation and an unrepentant Lawrence Russell Brewer, may his name live in infamy, was quickly arrested, tried, convicted and treated to a ride on the busy Texas needle. The state spent neither time nor mercy on him.

The obsession with race in America has remarkable staying power, fed by jealousy, envy and the baser human emotions, and because it's a tempting pimping moment for demagogues. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who pimped the Trayvon Martin tragedy with the guile of the aluminum-siding salesman that he is, rations his outrage. He says only that killing Chris Lane was something to be "frowned on." Frowned on? You frown on a loud burp with guests at the dinner table.

Shooting an innocent man in the back deserves more than a preacher's frown. (The distinguished Chicago cleric did say, however, that he was praying for the Lane family.)

The timing of a presidential teaching moment would be doubly welcome in the anniversary week of Martin Luther King's own great teaching moment, when he spoke eloquently and directly to the conscience of the nation. The president was once a constitutional law professor, but there's more that he should talk about than mere parsing of the law.

He could tell young black men something they won't hear from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. He could tell them there's more to Martin Luther King than the name of a street, a holiday in January or a statue on the Mall. The young gang bangers in Oklahoma, like those everywhere, might not listen the first time, even to a black president quoting an iconic black American hero. The president will have to tell them again, and again and again. Teaching can be hard and thankless work.

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