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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

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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

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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 August 10, 2007 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5767

Plastic surgery trend is behind us now

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We have been nipping and tucking our faces, chests and thighs for so long, it is only logical that we now turn the scalpel to the derriere.

A young woman was on one of those plastic surgery shows complaining that her perky parts weren't perky enough, her thin parts weren't thin enough and her curvy parts weren't curvy enough.

Hey, who hasn't felt the pull of gravity? My knees are now where my ankles used to be.

I looked at the gal on screen with great compassion and understanding. I also looked at her and thought, "Sweetie, the first thing you could do to improve your looks is chip off some of that make-up, give up the booze and get a good night's sleep.

And I wonder why they never ask me to produce.

In any case, the doctor was nodding and offering a sincere "hmmm" to all of her concerns. Then, in a voice-over, he said he was going to make this young woman perkier, firmer, curvier and, I quote, "give her the most popular surgery package in California today by also giving her a Brazilian butt."

I had no idea we were now identifying backsides by nationality. All of which leads to a host of questions: First, is this a good thing?

Secondly, are the people of Brazil happy about this?

Finally, has there been a United Nations resolution making this firm?

Is a well-endowed gluteus maximus really something any nation desires to be known for? An eagle makes a fine national symbol. A tree can be good, even a maple leaf. The back end does not lend itself to being memorialized on flags, coins, currency or even incorporated into a national motto. "In Glutes We Trust." Who wants that on a national seal?

The Brazilian people have every right to be proud of their natural endowments, but I fear we are doing them a disservice by not looking at the larger picture. The French have their sidewalk cafes and Eiffel Tower. The Greeks have their islands and inlets with turquoise water. The Swiss have their chocolate, the Italian their sauces. Do the Brazilians truly want to be known for the rear view?

Even from an export standpoint, it doesn't work: Japan exports cars, electronics and computers. Germany exports include metals, coal, machinery. Brazil exports sugar, coffee, beef and "junk in the trunk." That is the kind of thing can snap back and bite you on the backside.

But, perhaps on the plus side, and apparently there are plenty of those in Brazil, all of this opens the door to a whole new pool of conversation starters.

"Excuse me, is that a Brazilian backside you're wearing?"

"Why no, actually it's a Finnish Fanny."

"But, of course! I should have known!

What about those maps on which students label countries and identify major exports by the little icons beneath the country's name. The United States has office machines, vehicles, and boxes of cereal. What little pictures will the children identify on a map of Brazil?

Exactly. I don't think so.

It is always nice to feel like you're sitting on top of the world, but this is a seat that comes with a heavy cost.

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