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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Jan. 2, 2007 / 12 teves, 5767

Citizenship examined

By Tom Purcell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A new citizenship exam! My family and I have studied hard to become citizens, but we worry about this new exam!

Relax, buddy. The government is piloting a new exam with good reason. It requires new citizens to understand what being an American really means — to understand what America is really about — instead of just memorizing answers. But my family fully understands and appreciates the meaning of America, sir.

That's good, because if you want to become a citizen of the U S of A, you better be as knowledgeable about our country as native-born Americans are. There are 144 questions on the pilot exam. The examiner will pick 10 of them, and you must answer six correctly to pass.

Can you help me prepare for these questions, sir?

Sure, buddy. Let's start with the Declaration of Independence. What is it?

It is an amazing document, sir. Thomas Jefferson wrote to King George III telling him to stuff it. It said that all men are created equal, that the power of government comes from the people, that people can change the government if they don't like it, and that individuals have unalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It says all that, buddy? How about that. OK, what are unalienable rights?

America's Founders believed such rights are given to every individual by the creator, the author of all nature. Thomas Jefferson said, "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?"

Wow, I didn't know that. OK, why were the colonists so upset with the Brits that they declared independence?

This was because of the Stamp Act, high taxes imposed on every piece of paper they used. This "taxation without representation" infuriated the colonists. They were also tired of the British army staying in their homes and committing intolerable acts.

Really? I didn't know that, either, buddy. OK, then, what was the Constitutional Convention?

Sir, this took place in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. It was very hot, but this did not prevent 55 delegates from 13 colonies from debating and drafting the U.S. Constitution, the most incredible document in the history of mankind. It established a republic, which grants power to the people who then vote for officials to represent them. The Constitution divided government power among three branches — legislative, judicial and executive — to ensure checks and balances.

Hey, that was some good thinking. What does the judicial branch do?

It is supposed to review and explain the laws and resolve disputes between parties. Most important, it is supposed to objectively determine if a law is in accord with the U.S. Constitution. But today some judges are getting creative in interpreting the Constitution. This has resulted in some puzzling judgments.

I ought to keep on top of that stuff more. OK, what is the First Amendment?

This is from the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that were designed to protect individual rights. The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the right to petition the government and freedom of the press. It is essential to the survival of a democracy that the press be objective and that it works hard to root out corruption.

I had no idea that amendment had so much stuff going on. OK, name two or more ways that Americans can participate in their democracy.

Americans should participate in their democracy if they want it to survive. Americans should vote. They should contact elected officials and say what they think about the issues. They should write letters to the editor. And why not consider running for elected office themselves?

I got to tell you, buddy, you know more about what America means than most native-born Americans do, including this one. Perhaps we native Americans should be required to pass the citizenship exam, too.

This is not a bad suggestion, sir, but that would be unconstitutional.

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