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December 2, 2014

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

Why Sharon mattered

By Richard. Z. Chesnoff



JewishWorldReview.com | For eight years, Israeli war hero and former prime minister Ariel Sharon laid in a paralytic coma in an Israeli hospital bed — the result of a massive stroke and with round-the-clock care from his family and physicians who never gave up hope.

Last week doctors announced that the 85-year-old Sharon's "primary organs" has begun to fail and the Ariel Sharon death watch was launched in full swing. Now his son Gilad Sharon announced: "He has gone. He went when he decided to go."

It is a moment to take stock of what a controversial figure whose career has spanned the history of the state of Israel means to his country, to the world's most volatile region — and to the world. Sharon's is a legacy of total devotion to his people and land, to no fear of seeking new ways to try for peace within so horribly troubled a region.

For most of his countrymen — and his myriad of admirers overseas — Sharon epitomized the ultimate "sabra," the bold, often brash born-in-Israel farmboy who went on to become one of the prime heroes and victorious commanders of Israel's 1948 War of Independence, a war in which the Jewish state had seemed to be decidedly outnumbered by its Arab enemies.

"Arik the Bulldozer" certainly didn't stop there. He became the instrumental figure in the planning and execution of the 1956 Suez War, then a prime strategist in the almost miraculously victorious Six Day War of 1967 and its aftermaths and in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 when Egypt surprise-attacked Israeli forces and crossed the Israeli-occupied Suez Canal.


When, after founding the Likud party and serving in parliament, he became Israel's minister of defense in 1981, it was Sharon who directed the 1982 Lebanon War.

Not everyone considered him a hero. In the Arab world — and particularly among the Palestinians — he was quite the opposite. When Lebanon's Christian Phalangist Militia stormed and murdered anywhere from 460 to 800 men, women and children in Palestinian refugee camps near Beirut, Sharon was harshly criticized in his own country for not having doing enough to prevent the slaughter.

Eventually, he was forced to resign as Defense Minister.

Sharon would, of course, go on to become the leader of the right-wing Likud in 2000, and then serve as Israel's prime minister from 2001 to 2006 — possibly the most influential Israeli head of government since David Ben-Gurion, the father of his country.

His expertise was across the map — from security and army plans to finances and day-to-day politics, from finding ways to attract the new mass influx of Soviet Jewish immigrants to building hundreds of thousands of new homes for them.

For journalists like myself, interviewing or meeting with Sharon always involved his careful display and detailed explanation of at least a half-dozen multi-colored maps he would unroll.

The points Sharon made on his maps were not always the same. He was not being duplicitous; circumstances had somehow changed and Sharon had no fear of changing his perspective to match the times.

The evolution is instructive, and stunning. In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Sharon became a loud, vocal champion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Then, while serving as prime minister in 2004-05, Sharon began to orchestrate Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

As Sharon once said, "Just as I thought it was in the national interest to build these settlements, now I'm telling you it's in the national interest to take them down."

Facing stiff opposition to this policy within the Likud, he left the party in 2005 to form the new Kadima (Forward) party. His worst stroke occurred just a few months before he had been expected to win a new national election. Some of his closest colleagues have described him as being on the edge of not only desettling Gaza, but preparing for "a planned unilateral withdrawal that would clear Israel out of most of the West Bank."

Sharon fully carried out the controversial Israeli withdrawal from Gaza before he became comatose. But it failed to bring peace — not because of Sharon but because of the Palestinian Authority's inability to maintain control of Gaza. Scores of PA officials were thrown to their death off roofs by hyper-radical Hamas madmen who then completely took over Gaza and soon began shelling Israel. The to-fro rocket wars that continue to this day continue to fracture life in both Gaza and Israel.

The Arab-Israeli conflict, which has continued to bedevil Mideast leaders and American Presidents to this day, needs more than Secretary of State John Kerry's frequent-flier trips to find a way to a peace settlement. It needs more than President Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's public dueling on who is bamboozling whom.

It needs more than Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refusing to publicly recognize the Jewish state as just that, and more than Israeli government ministers referring to the 1967 armistice lines as "Auschwitz Borders."

It needs — to a large degree — someone canny, principled and candid like Ariel Sharon. As Mideast expert David Makovsky, now a member of the State Department's Mideast peace negotiation team, once said: "Arab officials have demonized Sharon for years. On the other hand, they have this respect for him as the only one in the Middle East who is a man with a plan. . . . He understood that if the public had zero faith in the enterprise of peacekeeping and zero faith in the other side, that you could still yield land and not make Israel more vulnerable.

"He saw that the status quo was untenable, but you needed a new model, and that's what Sharon introduced into the equation."

Too bad Arik can't do that anymore.


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