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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 August 14, 2009 / 24 Menachem-Av 5769

40th Anniversaries

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This year marks several 40th anniversaries, some important, some only interesting, but all somewhat significant in one way or another. Of course 1969 marked the end of the "sixities" in a numerical sense, but actually the period of history we call "the sixties" would continue for several years more. "The sixties" as a cultural changing point is really from about 1965 through 1975. 1961, for example, is much closer to the fifties in societal sensibilities, just as 1978 is closer to the eighties in that same way.


Of all the 40th anniversaries occurring this year, the anniversary that the media is totally obsessed with is Woodstock. The Los Angeles Times can't print enough glowing articles about it. Woodstock revival outdoor rock concerts are being held all over the country this summer. Idiots are dressing up like the idiots of 1969. Public television has been airing specials and documentaries on it. The press loves this stuff. They glorify what they call "three days of peace and music." They honor it as if the event were the 4th of July, Christmas, and Thanksgiving all rolled up into one. Yes, I said Christmas, because the Woodstock experience for many who hold "the sixties" so dear was like a religious camp meeting.


Ah, yes. Peace, love, music, and spiritual oneness with the earth. Right. What all this nostalgic glorification of Woodstock seems to forget about are little things like how the influx of hippies and wanna-be hippies created a massive traffic jam that closed the New York State Thruway. And that the facilities were not equiped to provide adequate sanitation or first aid for the number of people attending. And hundreds of thousands found themselves in a struggle against bad weather, food shortages, and poor sanitation, sleeping in mud, not bathing, and relieving themselves wherever.


Drugs flowed as freely as the sex, mud and music. There were two recorded deaths at Woodstock: one from what was believed to be a heroin overdose and another caused by an occupied sleeping bag accidentally being run over by a tractor in a nearby hayfield. There also were two births recorded at the event (one in a car caught in traffic and another in a helicopter) and four miscarriages. Ain't counterculture grand? Tens of thousands of spaced-out, smelly, ugly people in a field. Sounds like fun, eh?


And speaking of space cadets, the Apollo moon landing is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. More should be made of that. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins flying on board Apollo 11 were real American heroes. "Houston... Tranquility Base, here; the Eagle has landed." And The United States of America plants its flag on the moon. Stirring stuff. I can still remember all of our family excitedly gathered around the television watching it happen.


More in tune with the ugly sixties, however, is that other 40th anniversary - the Charles Manson murders. Helter Skelter. Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, and six others slaughtered in their own home. But hey, man, Charlie and his followers were just doing their own thing - killing "the establishment." Good old sex, drugs and rock n' roll.


There are a few other interesting events which have their 40th anniversaries this year. Like the following:


  • Sesame Street debuts on public television

  • The conviction of Sirhan Sirhan, killer of Senator Robert F. Kennedy

  • A car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's

  • Vineyard. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died.

  • James Earl Ray convicted of murder of Martin Luther King

  • Treasury Department stops issuing bills larger than $100 and starts taking larger bills out of circulation.

  • Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas found American Zoetrope.

  • The Concorde jetliner's 1st test flight took place in Bristol, England.

  • The New York Mets capped a miraculous season, winning the World Series in Game 5, a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Boris Karloff (81), [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), died.

  • US population reached 200 million.

  • Last edition of Saturday Evening Post was published.

  • The Boeing 747, the world's largest airplane, made its 1st commercial flight.

  • Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees announced his retirement from baseball

  • Jim Morrison lead singer for the Doors, was arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami before 10,000 people (yet another lovely "sixties" event)

  • Levi started to sell bell-bottomed jeans.

  • Golda Meir became the 4th prime minister of Israel

  • The Chicago 8 were indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention.

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" and were married that year

  • John Lennon was offered the role of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar.

  • First artificial heart was implanted into a human

  • 1st human eye transplant was performed.

  • Judy Garland (47), film actress and star of "The Wizard of Oz," died in London.

  • Walt Disney World construction began in Florida.

  • Muhammad Ali was convicted on appeal for refusing induction in US Army.

  • Last episode of Star Trek aired on NBC (Turnabout Intruder).

  • The Beatles last album, "Abbey Road," was released first hip replacement in the US was performed at the Mayo Clinic

  • Seiko marketed the first quartz watch.

  • The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) claims that marijuana is harmless to both the user and society in general.


And if you're having a 40th anniversary this year, happy anniversary to you! Go out and celebrate. (just don't get into a car with Ted Kennedy at the wheel).

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