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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 May 2, 2006 / 4 Iyar, 5766

Rallying Against Genocide: The worst of days, the best of days

By Brent Budowsky

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Sunday, I stood with many thousands of people in front of the U.S. Capitol calling for an end to genocide in Darfur and a world where "never again" will truly mean: Never Again!

It was the worst of times, our latest reminder that we live in a world where these horrors and crimes that defy description continue to occur, before the eyes of a world that struggles to banish such evil and hate from our planet.

I will never forget the first time I met with a Holocaust survivor. I was studying international law at the London School of Economics, had written to the famous international lawyer and statesman Samuel Pisar, who had escaped death countless times as a young boy in the concentration camps. Mr. Pisar is the author of a magnificent memoir of those darkest days, "Of Blood And Hope", which told the story and taught the lessons that we must never forget.

When I saw the marks burned to his arm by the monsters, I cannot describe the emotions I felt, or the resolve that was planted in my soul which I have imperfectly tried to honor since that day. Yet when I heard him speak of the lessons, the hopes, the aspirations and commitment for a better world that he drew from that indescribably horrifying experience, I felt as uplifted by his vision, as I was horrified by the story of his boyhood of terror.

Nazis; Gulags; Pol Pot; Rwanda; Darfur; perhaps the greatest infamy is that our world has not found a better way to banish such evils forever. We should pray to do so; we must act, in whatever way we can.

This Sunday, marching against the latest horror of our times, we also the best of times, for two reasons of timeless importance.

The rally against genocide brought together every conceivable faith, ideology, politics and viewpoint behind a universal condemnation against the greatest evils, and a universal resolve to join together in common action with a resolve that will not end until the killing ends, until genocide is no more. From Elie Weisel to George Clooney, from Peace Now to Likud supporters, pro-Bush and anti-Bush, religious leaders of all persuasions from Catholic to evangelical Protestant, Jewish leaders and Muslims of conscience side by side.

Having been active in both politics and entertainment we can strive together to mobilize good people, of different views, for the common dreams.

These good people gathering together, offer a model for us all. Why not seek even greater ways for believers in freedom, democracy and justice to put aside our narrow differences and stand together with freedom's friends from the dissidents of China to democracy advocates from Iran to Cuba? What a moment to treasure and remember that so many people, from so many faiths and values, stood together on Sunday and will stand together forever until genocide is banished from this earth.

What was most moving, for me, were the young people, from the temples, churches and, yes, mosques. How inspiring they were, how proud their parents should be, how profoundly I salute every one of them. They did not come seeking money or power or glory for themselves, they came with idealism and honor and generosity of spirit that are as indescribably wonderful, as the horrors they will someday defeat are so indescribably evil.

If the carnage and crimes of Darfur are the outrage and abomination of the world, the goodness and generosity of these young men and women are the great hope of humanity, and if we sometimes pray to G-d, asking how he could let these things happen, we also give thanks to G-d, for giving us these young people who strive so nobly to set things right, and will someday make Never Again a common truth in life, not merely a noble aspiration.

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