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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 Feb. 1, 2007 / 13 Shevat, 5767

A Tale of Two Cities

By Suzanne Fields


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NEW YORK CITY — New York, New York, wonderful town. The Betty Comden/Adolph Green lyrics are a syncopated serenade to the Big Apple. Nobody would write a song like that about Washington. I love my native Washington, but it's still a provincial suburb compared to New York, with neither a Battery nor a Bronx even though we can now "ride in a hole in the ground."


In New York it's the absence of the Twin Towers that haunts its inhabitants. The terrorists of September 11 hit the Pentagon and aimed at the Capitol, missing by 200 miles, but the Islamist pigs (no offense to Porky) who targeted New York were aiming at American cultural, not political, domination. The Islamists hate our politics, our wealth, our president, our military and our democratic ideals and traditions, and most of all they hate the creative ferment of New York City. They hate that Gotham appeals to all the American appetites, literally and figuratively.


One Taliban warrior in Afghanistan, where al Qaeda first thrived, famously drew the distinction between them and us. "The Americans lead lavish lives and they are afraid of death," he said. "We are not afraid of death. The Americans love Pepsi Cola. We love death." (And we were told Coke is the real thing.)


New York is the city most animated by the life force. Standards of measurements for how we live in New York and Washington are as different as Fahrenheit and Celsius, Ford and Chevy, the Cowboys and the Redskins (or for an earlier generation, as different as Macy's and Gimbels). New Yorkers come and go, chattering about Michelangelo as if he's one of them. Washington has several of the finest museums in the country, but only rarely does a dinner party conversation revolve around any of their exhibitions.


Ask any friend in the power capital what he's reading and you'll get only titles about politics, the presidency and foreign affairs. Who's in and who's out refers to Congress. A party is about Democrats and Republicans, not about where to revel. And why hasn't the Electoral College ever been invited to the Rose Bowl?


At a New York dinner party, arguments are likely to be about Norman Mailer's newest novel, debated earnestly, as if it matters. Is it his best since "The Naked and the Dead"? Washingtonians figure a book with that title must be about Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. Nobody in Washington takes time to read either long fiction or short novels. Everyone from Capitol Hill to Georgetown was surprised that George W. took "The Stranger," by Albert Camus, on his vacation. That was for a sophomore, not a senator (who would assign an aide to read it, anyway).


Hillary Clinton is the junior senator from New York but she's much more of Washington than from New York. Her fashion and coiffures have improved since she moved up from Arkansas, but she's still a stranger to the super chic manner of Manhattan. The liberals who are her natural constituency like her well enough, "but she can't win." They offer the usual litanies about her "baggage" (more likely to be Samsonite than Louis Vuitton), but it's clear they don't consider her one of them. She's more Hollywood tinsel than Hell's Kitchen grit. No one doubts her intelligence, but every time she says she's "middle class" from the "middle of the country," New Yorkers cringe.


If Martha Stewart is the "Wicked Witch of Westchester," as New York magazine calls her, Hillary is "Sappy Happy Face." Her famous listening tour worked when she ran for the Senate, but her breathy "conversation" doesn't inspire followers. FDR she is not. Nor is she Rudy Giuliani. Her "gender" has nothing to do with it — except when it comes to talk of her marriage, and there's lots of that.


The New York Post poked the usual tabloid fun with its coverage of her boasting to Iowans that "I can handle 'evil, bad men,' " headlining it, "Joke's on Bill," and illustrated with a photograph of the former first lady pointing her finger at "bad-boy hubby." But the question nevertheless lingered over the barren cornfields of the Iowa winter. What in her background is there to make anyone think she could actually deal with the evil and bad men in Tehran and Pyongyang? She says she was only taking the advice to "lighten up," but the moment underlined the problem "Bill" will pose from now to November next. Hillary's story is not so much a tale of two cities, but a tale from the Land of Oz.

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