In this issue

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 July 22, 2014 / 24 Tammuz, 5774

Unlawful rapper doesn't deserve praise

By Christine M. Flowers

JewishWorldReview.com | I hate "urban music," whether it's rap, hip-hop, gangsta or whatever else they're calling it these days. The brutal assault on my ears and my dignity (Beyoncé, honey, Jay-Z and your gynecologist should be the only ones gazing at … that) makes me wonder what Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston would think of the trashy mess.

When I wrote something similar a few years ago, I got called a lot of things that would fit right in with an urban melody. I also, predictably, was labeled a racist because as everyone knows, you cannot malign rap without also wanting to repeal the 13th Amendment.

I say these things at the outset so you understand why I am perplexed that Philly rapper Meek Mill is considered special enough to warrant a rally in his honor, and a dispensation from the Pennsylvania Criminal Code. While I also don't think Puccini, Diana Ross or Bobby Sherman should have gotten preferential treatment, at least their work product had some legitimate value beyond establishing how one properly addresses a prostitute.

If you're not familiar with Mr. Mill (or Mr. Meek, or whatever his real name is) don't be worried; he's only a household name in the chambers of Judge Genece Brinkley on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Mill has been paying regular visits to Judge Brinkley since 2009 when he was picked up and convicted of weapons and drug charges. Now every respectable rap star has a history of drugs and weapons charges (and some like Tupac Shakur, who is still dead, have an even more spectacular criminal history) but Mill's real problems started when he began to violate his probation and parole with respect to those charges.

You see, this up-and-coming musical prodigy thinks he's too important for a backwater legal system that doesn't understand or respect his brilliance. Brinkley has warned the rapper on numerous occasions to obey the restrictions she's set down from the bench, all of which are objectively quite reasonable and none of which involve visiting the Island of Molokai and ministering to the leper colony there.

But Mill is an "artiste" and they are above the mundane and terrestrial restrictions that apply to the rest of us who are incapable of stringing lots of obscenities together, putting them to a syncopated beat and convincing us that it's art (as PT Barnum might have said, there's a sucka born every minute.)

The rapper has repeatedly ignored Judge Brinkley's orders and has scheduled concert dates which would take him out of the restricted area permitted by court-ordered conditions.

He's also apparently gotten nasty toward his probation officer and the assistant district attorney handling his case. Just because she's done her job (quite admirably, by the way) she's been the object of threatening, sexist slurs. That's not exactly breaking news from a rapper, a breed that regularly degrades women (especially and including when the "artiste" is actually a woman) but it should be enough to eliminate any sense that Mill really is repentant. That he is, in fact, "Meek."

The rapper has attempted to justify himself by saying he supports his family with his music, such as it is, and that his inability to continue defying court orders will leave them hungry and destitute.

Right. Like he's never heard of getting a real job waiting tables until he becomes an overnight success

Many people have suggested that sentencing Mill to three months in prison, as Brinkley did, is racist. That is chuckle-worthy, particularly since the judge, who I know personally and greatly admire, is African-American.

Others have said it's class warfare and white suburban drug dealers get treated differently than a poor inner-city black kid who just wants to make a couple hundred grand dissing the establishment.

Frankly, that's a joke.

Meek Mill and the idiots out there supporting his continued and flagrant disrespect for the legal system are swooning over the wrong hero.

It's the lady in the judicial robes, meting out equal justice under the law, who really deserves their respect.

Truth, y'all.

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Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

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