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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 June 11, 2004 / 22 Sivan, 5764

The Real Reagan Eulogy

By Tom Purcell


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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Dearly Beloveds,


While much of the world has gathered to celebrate the life of President Ronald Reagan, we must continue to gather to celebrate the death of the negative ideas he defeated.


President Reagan was a believer, you see. He believed in G-d — that in every country and human heart there was a daily struggle between good and evil. He believed we must fight to promote good and defeat evil.


Sure, he had his critics. The "smart" people mocked him for his simplicity — mocked his black-and-white understanding of the world. They mock him still, despite reams of evidence that show he was mostly right and they were mostly wrong.


Take communism. The smart people wanted to contain it. They wanted to "not lose" the Cold War. But his idea was to win it — to defeat the evil and oppression inherent in Communist ideology. He forged ahead with a bold plan and he won.


Some smart people believed America's era of tremendous growth and opportunity had ended. He knew better. He knew that if you want less of something, tax it, but if you want more, tax it less. He knew taxes and regulations restrained American productivity and ingenuity. He drove through sweeping reforms and the economy exploded — it continued to grow, with minor interruptions, for nearly 20 years.


The smart people attacked him for his policies for the poor. He thought they looked down on the poor — looked down on their ability to be productive. No, he believed that the most destitute should be cared for, but that all many of the poor needed was hope, opportunity, education and a helping hand. He wanted to lift them up rather than hold them down, but his views were hardly ever reported on accurately.

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Well, in 1996, welfare reform finally did pass. The cynics and smart people said it would result in a massive increase in poverty and social ills of every kind, but they were wrong. The new program was designed to train, educate and help the poor — help them work and stand on their own. It dramatically reduced poverty for millions, and is one of the most underreported successes in government history.


You see, Reagan believed in America — American common sense. He believed there was no limit to what we could accomplish if we didn't care who got the credit.


He believed America was blessed by G-d, and that in return for our blessings we had a duty to the world. We are the shining city on the hill, after all, a beacon of hope and freedom for billions around the world. He said it best in his last speech from the Oval Office:


"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the People.' 'We the People' tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. 'We the People' are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are."


And while Reagan was promoting freedom, the smart people and cynics mocked him again. And many years later, he's proved them wrong yet again. Thanks to the success of the American experiment, and the tremendous revitalization our country enjoyed under his watch, democracy has taken root across the globe. Today, millions more live in freedom thanks to the example he helped set and the policies his administration promoted.


Sure, he wasn't a perfect man and his administration had its share of flaws and hiccups. But he knew that failure was a byproduct of the struggle between good and evil. On balance, good won under his watch more than not. And many negative and wrong-headed ideas died in his wake.


And, dearly beloveds, may those ideas rest in peace for a very long time.

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