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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, 2012/ 21 Sivan, 5772

Politics should demand more, deserve better

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is an untold story about the failed effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and it centers on Hooters.

The restaurant known for its immodestly attired waitresses played a role in the election, when Walker foes decided to make the past job of a young staffer on his team a campaign issue.

So now when you Google Ciara Matthews' name, "Former Hooters Girl," along with an old MySpace photo, come up. Somehow that she has worked for a pro-life political action committee made it all the more delicious a news story. The only news in this sad, pathetic affair is that it exposed the desperate lengths some will go to in politics.

Matthews came away a winner, as did her candidate, who found himself subject to malicious rumors at the 11th hour. But Matthews' Internet stamp exists as a cautionary tale and challenge: We ask a lot of people in the public eye. That's politics today. But it goes deeper than that -- such judgment and scandal-mongering is a temptation humans fall to all too often, albeit not always to such nasty and public extremes.

We make assumptions. We make rash judgments. We go by first impressions, some of which are based on erroneous or manipulated material. We all too often don't take into consideration our shared humanity.

Back in 2007, when fewer people were paying attention, future first lady Ann Romney gave a speech about just this: the "bag of rocks" our neighbor -- or political foe -- carries. Mrs. Romney, who struggles with multiple sclerosis, illuminates the hidden struggles so many around us have. Even in our self-revealing age, we often never know what pain our neighbor is bearing. "Sometimes we're a little too critical, a little too quick to judge," she warned. Surely there is some room for a little mercy and redemption in our political lives.

Mrs. Romney's speech ended with a cliffhanger of sorts. She would explain her view of Washington as "a group of people traveling around in a rowboat." Instead of going about the business of getting somewhere, oars in the water, folks are "banging each other over the head" with them. A little cooperation is in order before the boat goes off a waterfall. In the five years since I first heard that speech, we've about reached that point.

Speaking at the jubilee celebration for Queen Elizabeth, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, talked about the meaning of dedication: "to be absolutely removed from other uses, being completely available to God." Dedication, he said, involves "a genuine embrace of those others, a willingness to be made happy by the well-being of our neighbors ... Dedication to the service of a community certainly involves that biblical sense of an absolute purge of selfish goals, but it is also the opening of a door into shared riches." The queen's six decades of service, he said are "living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found."

Politics is frequently panned by the understandably cynical as good for nothing, most especially the soul of man. But it doesn't have to be that way.

The archbishop looked toward a future of a "rebirth of an energetic, generous spirit of dedication to the common good and the public service, the rebirth of a recognition that we live less than human lives if we think just of our own individual good." He echoed St. Paul: "We have gifts that differ according to the grace given us -- the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Outdo one another in showing honor, extend hospitality to strangers, rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; take thought for what is noble in the sight of all."

Show honor, even to the employee of someone you oppose. At a training session for some young people in Virginia last month, Jack Valero, co-founder of Catholic Voices, a successful media-evangelization program in England (which I'm involved with on these shores), was asked whether his colleagues receive hate mail when they appear on TV making the case for the Catholic Church's position on issues like gay marriage. They don't, he said, because their presentation seeks to be ego-free. Their approach is not expressly Catholic; it is, rather, based on common decency, on finding the positive intention in the person you're conversing with or trying to reach. It's not going for the jugular, as the rhetorical gladiators do on "Crossfire."

Civic life isn't for the perfect. But the political life can be a noble and even holy path. We should expect more of our politics, and be intolerant toward tactics that pervert it into a means of destruction.

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