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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
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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 April 12, 2006 / 14 Nissan, 5766

Selling our souls for cheap labor

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | 155 years ago we had an "immigrant" problem.

It didn't happen in one or two days, but over four centuries.

Foreigners, mainly Africans, captured like animals in native countries, chained and stacked to the bowels of large ships, then sold off as oxen for the free work they and their children could provide plantation owners and businesses for infinity.

They were bred like cattle, kept uneducated, and, at times, used for the sexual pleasure of their "owners".

Their humanity was confiscated, subordinated, and subjugated to a degree that there are ramifications in their family life, sense of culture, security in their citizenship, and acceptance more than 145 years after their emancipation. Assimilation has progressed but the wounds are still evident, as aired by Oscar winner, "Crash".

Slavery is as old as man, not exclusive to any one race, or religion (Jews spent 400 years doing the bidding, suffering and dying by the scepters of many Pharaohs, something we'll be commemorating this week.) and still exists as I write this.

Specific to America, it wasn't that everyone was hunky dory with the situation. The 1850's saw a rise in the Abolitionists movement, started in 1775, 85years before the Civil War. It culminated in the election of Abe Lincoln as president. He demanded an end to the South's threats of succession, based on their slave-owning tradition.

Maybe Lincoln wasn't the most sympathetic about releasing slaves, but saw it as something that in and of itself, could destroy what he called the "Grand Experiment".

He refused to compromise, even under the advice of some of his closest friends and cabinet members.

When the South forced the surrender of Fort Sumter and enticed four more slave states to secede, Abe stood firm in his demands that the South withdraw and dismantle the Confederacy.

We lost 600,000 Americans during that war, the highest in all of the USA's wars to date.

The result was a saved Union, freed slaves, and one dead but beloved president.

When broken down, slavery is about an economic model of cheap labor by people that exploit weaker groups.

Slave owners put themselves on the moral pedestal by rationalizing that the slaves were inferior savages, unable to care for themselves, and better off in chains than the freedom they are obviously incapable of living in.

Slave owners wasted a whole generation of young Americans for their false pride. What should have been evident in the first place came as a result of stubborn arrogance, greed, and evil tradition.

It was all about the cheap labor.

It still is.

Today the issue isn't slavery. Mexican immigrants have poured over the border because they yearn for better opportunities. Their mother government encourages the daily runs to America because $$ come flowing back, boosting Mexico's lax economy.

But, we have laws!

True but a government forfeits the right to execute a law that was ignored for the last 50 years.

America needs to decide a new immigration policy fairly and soon.

Fence the border where it can be, then arm it with troops where you can't.

I haven't even mentioned the terrorists we've probably let in or the risks of the Mexican Aztlans.

(We don't need another war. But we won't last as a country if we don't enforce our laws.)

Then decriminalize the Mexican Illegals that are here. Utilize guest worker programs; put them thru all the hoops to make them legal. (But do send back the criminals and security risks.) Make 'em pay taxes to America. Let them pledge allegiance to America. Let them fight for America. Put them in the back of the line to those hopefuls that applied legally. Let the Ameriwannabes know that US citizenship doesn't come cheap.

At least Immigrants and released slaves share one thing in common.


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