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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 June 26, 2007 / 10 Tamuz, 5767

At Ground Zero, only sour notes

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SAN DIEGO —The throw-down final debate on immigration "reform," opening today at a theater on Capitol Hill, sounds and smells a lot different at Ground Zero.

Here at Ground Zero illegal immigrants are lawbreakers, often resented most by legal Hispanic immigrants and descendants of legal immigrants who make up the great majority of Hispanics. There's little solidarity with the coyotes in the U.S. Senate, for whom the illegals are merely cheap labor, to be readily underpaid and easily abused, and granted citizenship as a kind of door prize. The "debate" in Washington is far away, as if conducted in an unknown tongue.

The back-and-forth of the Senate debate seems endless and sounds unreal, argle-bargle fit only for television's shouting-and-spinning shows. "We know what they're against," thunders Teddy Kennedy of Massachusetts. "What are they for?" As if in scripted reprise, Jeff Sessions of Alabama counters: "We are going to use every effort to slow this process down and continue to hold up the bill."

At Ground Zero, reminders of what's actually at stake are variously frequent, persuasive, sad, and infuriating. On the eve of the renewal of the debate in the Senate, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the border south of San Diego arrested a truck driver for hauling 70 men, women and children in a semitrailer designed for smuggling illegals.

This was no death trap. The trailer was fitted out with a deep freeze, cans of soda and bottled water, ventilating fans and a trap door to enable the illegal cargo to drop to the road and flee into the desert or through a warren of trucks and litter at a truck stop. "This is one of the most sophisticated rigs I've seen," a Border Patrol agent told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It was obviously equipped for a long trip."

The Border Patrol arrested the truck driver after an anonymous tipster called from a truck lot in Tecate, the Mexican town near the border. When inspectors looked inside the trailer they first saw only "a big wall of shredded cardboard haystacks." When they pushed the haystacks aside they found the 70 illegals huddled against the wall of the trailer.

San Diego, only a few miles north of the Mexican border, has been particularly vulnerable to the tidal wave of human flesh pouring in from Latin America over the past decades, relieved only recently by construction of the celebrated border fence. The San Diego Council on Literacy estimates that nearly a half-million adults in San Diego County are illiterate in English, and can often speak only a few English words. Many are barely literate in their native language. Volunteering to teach rudimentary English is a popular occupation of good citizens eager to do good, reprising the eagerness to help a neighbor first remarked on by the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville on visiting America more than 150 years ago.

Using donated classrooms in schools and churches, 200 tutors of the Laubach Literacy Council are teaching Arabic, German, Russian and Chinese immigrants — in addition to the thousands of newcomers from south of the border — the English alphabet, and then on to enough proficiency to deal with something as basic as a water bill, a grocery list, or identifying the days of the week, colors of the spectrum, common names and brief phrases of commerce.

"One of the students in the class cleans houses occasionally and wanted to learn to say things like 'wash the sheets' or 'fix the towels,' " one tutor tells the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's sometimes challenging to stick to the lessons exactly as they are in the lesson book."

The eagerness to help newcomers is matched by the fury of the many hereabouts, expressed in conversations at church halls, truck stops, diners and shopping malls, that similar eagerness to stop the flood at the border is tantamount to bigotry, racism, nativism, and indifference to human suffering. The notion that unlimited immigration is a civil right, and anyone who disagrees is an offense against the memory of Martin Luther King, is particularly infuriating.

Teddy Kennedy has even offended music lovers. He crooned a Mexican love song yesterday morning on a popular Los Angeles radio show in what was said to be Spanish, a plea that the pretty women of the city of Jalisco not give up on him: "... in the heights and in the lowlands, very pretty women, super good-looking." The sentiment of the senator's remembered prowess on long-ago nights seemed genuine, but the notes were sour, like his immigration bill.

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