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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 8, 2012/ 16 Iyar, 5772

Holiday for the fallen and failed

By Alan Douglas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Recently television host Jon Stewart called for Jews to "step up" Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Jews escape from Egyptian slavery. Stewart cited all the great attributes of Passover: food, a great story, and a gathering of family members without football or bribery. Stewart said Passover deserved wider recognition and more press.

I agree. Those who are not religious, but are "spiritual" can appreciate that Passover even offers a paranormal spirit named, Elijah. I doubt Stewart's call to action will be anywhere as effective as Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson's contributions promoting Passover with the film, The Ten Commandments (where the goy played Moses and the Jew got the Egyptian Pharaoh's role) but Stewart should include Pesach Sheni in the Passover promo.

But there is one huge selling point, Stewart missed, Pesach Sheni. Any press campaign promoting Passover should trumpet that with Passover, you buy one, and get one free. If you miss celebrating Passover on the scheduled dates, it is available again a month later, and not like a "cover" of a popular song, nor is it the "sequel" to a blockbuster. Pesach Sheni, is the second chance holiday designed especially for those who were disqualified the first time. Glee, Dancing with the Stars and Survivor fans take note. And for those of you who are golfers, this is like a Mulligan, a "do-over."

There may be repentance, absolution or forgiveness on a grand scale but most of us appreciate an "do-over" that is available prior to our death. You have got to love an annual holiday that is all about celebrating each of us receiving divine second chances. The Torah/Bible tells us that certain folks complained to Moses that it was unfair that they were not allowed to celebrate Passover because they were impure at the time of the holiday or they were on a journey then. Unlike today's leaders, Moses went "off script" and agreed to discuss their grievances directly with the Lord. And the result was that the Lord established Pesach Sheni to give everyone a "second chance" to celebrate the festival of Passover, every year.

For those of who talk about, "Giving second chances, but not third" or question the futility of people really changing, the answer is Pesach Sheni. It teaches about biblical forgiveness from the Lord to all of us. It teaches that great leaders are willing to go to their boss to discuss inequities. We all want to receive, second and third chances, but it often seems na´ve to forgive others. If you have snickered about a previous, hard partying fundamentalist Christian being a born again virgin Pesach Sheni says is the answer. Pesach Sheni allows sinners who have fallen and failed, to regain their dignity and celebrate. It isn't automatic, but you can earn a second chance, or even a third- every year. My kind of holiday!

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JWR contributor, Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, award winning screenwriter (not produced), and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy. /FONT>


Previously:

Black History Month, Politics, and the Ice Cream Scoop
Friends With Benefits
Pilgrimages
Moneyball, Economics and Medicine
Justice, My Aunt, and Gretsky
Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Home Depot
Glenn Beck, Norway, Hitler and Me
D Day: The Ripple Effect
What are you paying for?
Law, Etiquette and 5 Rules
Inspiration
Confusing Kindness with Weakness
When Katie Couric Got Pulled Off the Air…
Don't second guess the deceased
Pain and legacies
Being in the No
The Sixth Sense
Dogs in Danger
Facebook, LinkedIn and the Zuckerberg Exit
Simon Bolivar Would Tell Glenn Beck to, ‘Put A Sock In It’
Children and Grandchildren
Swearing, Shoes, and Mark Twain
How my poor man's Porsche, Virgil, prepared me for life
Leases and Landing Gear
The Oscars, Obama and Job Creation
Damages and Penalties
Obstacles with Impossibilities
Making Others Feel Bad
Referrals and Recommendations
Woodpecker Frustration
Phrases, Not Resolutions
I Was A Crime Fighter and Super Hero
Comforting with Sympathizing
Nautical Worry Killers
Can You Keep A Secret?
Holiday Card Hazards
Gifts
Sharing, Transparency and Dumping
Red Alert
Readers Respond Regarding Rabbi
Readers: I Need Your Help with my Rabbi
Humphrey Bogart and P. T. Barnum on Fighting with Family and Friends
Columbus, Honors and Hound Dogs
The Free Lunch
When your child suffers
Conversational Transmitted Diseases
Conservative, Liberal or American
Paris, Antarctica and Shopping
Personal Protection
Dispute Resolution
Jumped or Pushed?
Friends and Acquaintances
Revenge and Vindication

© 2010 Alan Douglas

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