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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 Oct. 27, 2008 / 28 Tishrei 5769

Looking for the ‘Real America’

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's a campaign season, which means certain politicians are making the I'm-more-American-than-thou pitch. What's new is how many of those pols are apologizing for it.


Alaska Sen. Sarah Palin apologized on CNN for designating some parts of the country as the "real America."


While campaigning in North Carolina, the Republican vice-presidential nominee had said she and her running mate Sen. John McCain "believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you—hardworking, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation."


Really? Which part of America, I wondered, is the real America, according to Palin? Where can I get a passport? If I go there, will they take me in?


"Home," Robert Frost wrote, "is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." That's America to me. It feels like home.


Anyway, the Alaska governor later expressed regret to CNN: "I certainly don't want that interpreted as one area being more patriotic or more American than another. If that is the way it has come across, I apologize." Yup, that's how it came across.


I, for one, accept your apology, Governor, if you'll help spread the word that this is one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


And you might have a little chat with Rep. Michele Bachmann, the conservative Minnesota Republican who told Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" that she was "very concerned" that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama "may have anti-American views." She further suggested that the media should investigate which members of Congress might harbor anti-American views.


After her remarks triggered an overnight bump in the polls (and in campaign donations) for Bachmann's memorably named Democratic opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, she backpedaled. She meant to criticize only Obama's liberal views, she said, not his patriotism.


Down in North Carolina, Rep. Robin Hayes tried to deny that he said, "Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in G-d." Then the video turned up, along with a boost for his Democratic opponent, Larry Kissell, who came close to ousting Hayes in 2006.


Wrapping oneself in the flag is one of the oldest tricks in American democracy. Why isn't it working so easily this time?


Obviously these days the economic crisis on Wall Street and Main Street has eclipsed all other issues. As one friend put it, when your house is on fire, you don't care about the race or religion of the firefighter who shows up to put it out.


Any candidate who is appealing to patriotism this close to election day is preaching to the choir at a time when he or she should be looking for converts. Swing voters are looking for problem-solvers, not flag-wavers.


Besides, there is a certain arrogance in candidates who profess to oppose "elitists" while dictating to Americans what the "real America" is. This is especially true for the McCain campaign as it battles a man who came to national fame on a theme of national unification.


The danger of rhetoric that divides Americans was cited by Republican superstar Colin Powell when he endorsed Obama on NBC's "Meet the Press." The former secretary of state was particularly "troubled," he said, by fellow Republicans who spread the falsehood that Obama is a Muslim.


"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian," said the retired Army general. "But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? . . . This is not the way we should be doing it in America."


No, it's not. Powell poignantly described a mother weeping at the grave in Arlington National Cemetery of Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, a 20-year-old Muslim corporal from New Jersey. He was deployed with a Ft. Lewis-based Stryker brigade when he died in combat last year in Iraq.


"He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11 (the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks), and he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life," Powell said. "Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way."


Yes, we do. Group fear, anger, resentments and suspicions are a sign of a weak and insecure nation. We're better than that. We're Americans.

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