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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 May 2, 2006 / 4 Iyar, 5766

No flight of fancy

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The movie "United 93" depicts what David Beamer, father of United Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer, calls the first "counterattack" in the war on terror after Sept. 11, 2001. Beamer rejects the notion that the movie is coming out "too soon" after Sept. 11. He wrote in The Wall Street Journal last week that if anything is "too soon," it is "too soon for us to become complacent."


You won't hear family members of the 33 passengers and seven crewmembers complain that writer-director Paul Greengrass exploited their loved ones. The film depicts the victims from a respectful distance, with no designated star passenger.


You see the unnamed passengers from the perspective of a fellow traveler boarding the same plane — on their cell phones in the waiting room, settling into their seats, reacting to news that the plane would be late. (If the flight had left on time, United 93 might have crashed into the U.S. Capitol.)


You have to know the story well to recognize Mark Bingham — who arrived just before the gate closed — or Todd Beamer in his baseball cap, or Tom Burnett, who phoned his wife, Deena, after terrorists hijacked Flight 93, stabbed a passenger and killed three crewmembers. From San Ramon, Calif., Deena Burnett told her husband that two planes had flown into the World Trade Center, but you don't hear what she told her husband, you only see his reaction.


There is no defining, dramatic moment when a passenger says, "Let's roll," and male passengers storm forward to take back the cockpit. Instead, you see passengers and flight attendants fumbling with a harsh reality, debating over what to do and phoning loved ones as the plane jerks and falls and forces all to grab whatever they can as they hold on for dear life.


Meanwhile, at the Federal Aviation Administration, air traffic controllers are grappling with the unknown. Is American Airlines Flight 11 the plane that flew into the World Trade Center? Wait, word just came in that the plane is still airborne. It takes time for personnel to decipher the words, "We have some planes" — that's planes, not a plane.


What "United 93" does best is to bring you back to the pre-9/11 world. When one air traffic controller announces that he believes American Flight 11 has been hijacked, staffers don't bolt into action. They muse about when the last American hijacking occurred. They do not comprehend the situation — they haven't seen it on TV yet.


Greengrass persuaded a number of government workers — including Ben Sliney, head of air traffic control in Herndon, Va. — to play themselves. Sliney is key because he is the bureaucrat who boldly decided to halt all flights in America because the country was at war, when he didn't know there were four planes involved and couldn't get good answers from the military.


This is a valuable perspective that debunks the belief that warnings of the attacks were loud and clear or that officials should have jumped to action the minute American Flight 11 hit one of the World Trade Center towers. At the time and on the scene, decisionmakers didn't have the information or ability to respond surgically. See the military planes flying over the ocean, where they were least needed.


The attacks were simply too quick. The 9-11 commission report concluded that minutes after the Flight 93 crash, President Bush authorized a shooting down of American planes, if necessary. But the brass didn't pass on the order, lest American pilots shoot down the wrong plane. The movie makes it clear how the wrong response might have followed.


One morning, 33 passengers and seven crewmembers boarded a plane expecting a simple, if tedious, cross-country flight. Instead, they walked into bloody history, and they did the best they could. The Sept. 11 panel found that their "actions saved the lives of countless others." It is not too soon to relive that day.

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