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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 Sept. 5, 2011 / 4 Elul, 5771

Cheney's book more than meets the eye

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Days after an earthquake and a hurricane in the nation's capital, there were no locusts as some local wags nervously joked, but a forecast of "heads exploding all over Washington."

And so they did.

Former vice president Dick Cheney predicted that his memoir, "In My Time," would make Beltway craniums spontaneously combust. And if the man who has been congressman, defense secretary and corporate executive, among other roles, was looking for another career, he wouldn't make a bad psychic. (Buy it at a 45% discount by clicking here and in Kindle edition for $16.99 [51% off] by clicking here.)

As with many a Washington memoir, most quasi-readers skipped to the hot parts (if they bothered to consider reading the book before they discussed it) -- the sections that are good for ratings.

But the conventional presentation of the book as a hotbed of controversy is misleading. It is actually not a series of "cheap shots," as has been commonly reported.

For an example: Cheney writes about transitioning from vice-presidential searcher to potential vice-presidential nominee, making sure he broke himself financially from Halliburton, where he was chairman and CEO. And although "there was no legal requirement that we do so," he writes, "Lynne and I set up an irrevocable gift trust agreement that would donate all the after-tax profits from these unvested options to three charities," including one that serves inner-city D.C. children.

That will be news to many.

So much of our public conversation tends to consist of competing spins. With his book, Cheney does a service to students of history. He tells his version of events as he remembers them, as he experienced them, pointing to documents and events that may be even more revealing later, when distance allows for a more sober consideration of the life and times of a man and his politics.

But Cheney provides perhaps an even bigger service: a reminder to read deeper. A reminder that as we hit refresh there is something more out there.

The lesson isn't entirely learned when most of the coverage of the book focuses only on a few small facets.

Cheney's book, in other words, is about much more than the career or legacy -- to use a common Beltway buzzword. Beyond what you think of him or Halliburton or his politics or his policies: it's about reminding us that there are facts, there is truth, and there is a perspective beyond the clashing views of the current news cycle.

Or, as Cheney recalls from an election-season Sunday morning, listening to Rev. Suzanne Harris speak from the pulpit: "'Our faith is not that bad things won't happen,' she said. 'Our faith is that when bad things do happen, God can still use that material to make something holy.' She reminded us that life is short. 'We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us,' she said, 'so be swift to love and make haste to be kind.'"

He remembers, noting that he saw campaign staff scattered in the pews: "In the midst of a hard-fought political campaign, her sermon made all of us pause and reflect."

In the ups and downs of politics, as we watch polls like sports scores, it's worth remembering that all this activity and gamesmanship should always be in service to something greater and more enduring than a mere campaign or the movements of power.

We won't always agree on issues. We may interpret events and precepts differently. But we must never simply accept what the crowd says without gathering a few primary documents, the light of reason and a perspective rooted in something beyond the hubbub of the chattering class.

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