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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

Rabbi to NFL: Pass the pig … skin, already!

By Rabbi Joshua Hess




How -- and why -- the football lockout must end



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The National Football League is a $9 billion dollar business. The owners and players, even those making the minimum salary, live very comfortable lives (assuming they spend their money wisely). Yet, here we are, in the midst of another week of an NFL lockout with both sides asking for more money and benefits. Is it really so difficult to divide all that money fairly?

With all that is happening around the world --- earthquakes and tsunamis in the far east, complete chaos in the middle east, and a terrible economic climate in our own backyard, there really is no excuse for the selfish and greedy behavior being exhibited by both sides.

In all honesty though, greed is not only a problem that plagues the NFL; it's a societal issue. In almost every financial partnership and subsequent dispute, both parties are often hesitant to find a happy medium; each one waiting for the other to cave in and agree to take less. No one is satisfied with having 'enough' money. And that is why King Solomon writes in Proverbs, "one who loves money will never have enough of it."

The Biblical account of the dispute between Abraham and Lot's shepherds perfectly illustrates this unfortunate human condition. Both Abraham and Lot were independently wealthy. Yet, after their shepherds began to argue over some real estate property, Abraham decided that the best way to resolve their differences was to separate. Lot went south and Abraham north. Even relatives have great difficulty making concessions.

Why is it so difficult for people to compromise and learn to live in peace and harmony?


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The answer is found in the Divine's first blessing to man: "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it." Expounding on the command to 'subdue the earth,' one of the great Jewish thinkers, Nachmonidies, writes that the Lord empowered every human to rule over the world, to conquer it, and to make it his own. Translated into modern parlance, one can argue that the Alimighy'' first blessing to mankind was founded upon the ideals of capitalism; to own and earn as much as possible in one's lifetime. If one takes that Biblical command seriously, it is not surprising that humans have such difficulty taking less then they feel deserving of.

Yet what people often fail to realize is that the Divine did not intend to create a chaotic world full of greed and selfishness; a society where each person cares only about their stock portfolios. Quite the opposite! He fashioned laws that are compassionate and empathic, with the purpose of molding us into people who are kind and loving. We are required to share with others by tithing our earnings, to take special care of the orphan, the widow, and stranger, and to love everyone as one loves himself. We are required to remember that whatever success we achieve in life is because of Him and therefore, we are to use the fruits of our financial success to serve others, as He has commanded us. If the players and the owners kept that in mind, they would recognize that their inability to figure out how to divide $9 billion equitably will impact most on the "little guys" who rely on football for their livelihoods, like the concession vendors, parking attendants, and ticket takers who literally will not have enough money to feed their families if the lockout/strike results in a lost season.

So does the Divine want us to conquer the world, or does He want us to be selfless by putting ourselves and our needs secondary to everyone else?

I think that the Lord wants us to strike the perfect balance between these two conflicting, yet positive values. Do you know what that is called? That's right- a compromise.

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JWR contributor Rabbi Joshua Hess is spiritual leader of Congregation Anshe Chesed, a growing, friendly, and inclusive Orthodox Shul, in Linden, NJ.

Previously:


Johnson & Job: Is it Appropriate to Blame the Almighty for a Missed Catch?
Running up the score: Is it kosher?
Brett, it's time

© 2011, Rabbi Joshua Hess