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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 24, 2004 / 2 Nissan, 5764

Depths of a Depraved Culture

By Joel Mowbray | Palestinians poured out into the streets Monday in what the New York Times called the largest demonstrations in a decade — all to honor the memory of a master terrorist, Hamas founder and "spiritual leader" Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. It was a hero's memorial, not one befitting a thug hellbent on emulating Adolf Hitler.

The reaction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians reveals the depths of a depraved culture created by "spiritual leaders" like Sheikh Yassin.

Political arguments can be made as to whether or not Israel's targeted killing of Hamas' chief executive was a prudent tactical move or if governments should be in the business of killing terrorists rather than arresting them.

But no argument can be made that Sheikh Yassin was anything but a bloodthirsty thug.

Palestinian culture is sinking further and further — and not by accident

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Sheikh Yassin — as Hamas' "spiritual leader" — was responsible for "inspiring" 52 youths to blow themselves up for "martyrdom," preaching that Allah would reward them for killing Jews. Since the start of the intifada, Hamas has murdered 377 Israelis and wounded more than 2,000.

It's impossible to fathom the profound depravity of a society that could hail as a hero a mass murderer. Imagine if people had taken to the streets to celebrate the life of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy when he was executed in 1989.

That wouldn't be an entirely fair comparison, however; even the highest estimates are that Bundy murdered fewer than 100 women.

But such is the sorry state of Palestinian society, where everything from the law to children's textbooks is geared toward realizing the goal of driving the Jews into the sea.

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Although the Palestinian Authority recognizes the crime of murder, it does not apply to those who slaughter Jews. In nearly eight years since Oslo, there is no record of anyone prosecuted by the Palestinian Authority serving a full sentence for conspiring, planning, or masterminding the murder of Jews.

Consider that the four men arrested — and now released — by the Palestinian Authority (PA) for carrying out the bombing of the U.S. convoy in Gaza last October were charged not with murder, but involuntary manslaughter. That they were charged at all, though, is a testament to the fact that the PA, at least on the surface, does not sanction the murder of Americans. (Never mind that 51 Americans have been killed since the start of the intifada.)

Involuntary manslaughter is a charge applied to people who could not have foreseen that their actions could have reasonably led to someone's death. In the convoy bombing, the PA prosecutors charged involuntary manslaughter because, they contended, the four men had intended to kill Jews — which is not a punishable offense, at least not in the PA.

What PA dictator Yasser Arafat and the likes of Sheikh Yassin have carefully cultivated over the years is not a culture of death, but a cult of death. Palestinians are placed on the indoctrination assembly line at a very young age, feeding a terrorist complex that depends on a steady stream of fresh young, mindless bodies to become human bombs.

No doubt a large contingent at Sheikh Yassin's memorial service was brainwashed young products of Yassin's "spiritual" guidance. A New York Times interview with 17-year-old Muhammad Abu Hussa is particularly disturbing: "Asked what would bring peace, he replied, 'The Jews should be annihilated.' He made chopping gestures at his throat, hands and legs. 'They should be turned into parts,' he said."

The most comforting thought about Abu Hussa to an American is that the teenager is a Palestinian. But given the reaction to Yassin's death of some so-called "moderate" Muslim groups in the US, it is a fair question to wonder whether Islamic institutions here are producing their own bloodthirsty youths.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which labels itself a Muslim civil rights organization, issued a press release Monday identifying Sheikh Yassin only as "the most prominent Palestinian Islamic figure." Similar was the Muslim-American Society, which went with "Palestinian religious leader."

Legitimate questions can be raised about Israel's targeted killing of Sheikh Yassin. But a much more important one is what it says about both hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and supposedly mainstream Muslim groups in the US that a mass murderer is hailed as a "religious leader."

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