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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 28, 2006 / 4 Elul, 5766

Gippy, Gopher and the terrorists

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I worry that we're not up to the challenge. Those who wish us ill certainly are.

Two of the suspects in the British airline-bombing plot, a young married couple, allegedly planned to use a baby bottle to conceal bomb-making materials. They were willing to blow up their own child to advance their cause.

Meanwhile, here in America we have difficulty putting our pets out of their misery.

I offer Exhibit A: The daughter of my friend Fini had two guinea pigs, Yippy and Gippy. One day, Gippy took ill. Fini and his wife took him to the veterinarian. After a $100 examination, the vet said Gippy was suffering from a painful guinea pig illness.

They could treat him with antibiotics at a cost of $50 per day — though the illness might kill him anyhow and, besides, he was already 3, which is getting old for a guinea pig — or they could have had him put to sleep.

My friend and his wife deliberated long and hard. Finally, and painfully, they decided to send Gippy to guinea pig heaven. For another $100 they had him cremated. His ashes were tastefully collected and stored in an urn.

That brings us to Exhibit B: Another friend of mine, Kling, has four children. He and his wife thought a dog would be a nice addition to the family. They visited the humane society, chose a nice mutt, Gopher, and brought him home.

Gopher quickly proved to suffer from wanderlust. He ran away every chance he could. Kling shelled out $200 and spent a weekend installing an invisible fence. But that didn't work, either. Gopher quickly determined that a jolt of painful electricity was a price he was willing to pay to roam free.

One day, during a blinding snowstorm, the wanderlust overtook him again. He endured a zap as he fled the confines of his yard. Nobody worried, though, because Gopher always came back eventually. But this time he was brought home by the police.

Tragically, Gopher had been hit by a car. He was hit hard, too, and was no longer able to walk. Kling and his wife rushed him to the vet. The vet said Gopher was hurt badly — he had broken bones — but that there was a chance for recovery.

Kling and his wife had to make the decision: Should they put Gopher out of his pain at a nominal cost or spend $1,200 to operate? They chose life, a choice that would cost $3,000 before the dust settled. After metal rods were surgically attached — after several weeks of healing — Gopher was nearly as good as new.

I share the stories of Gippy and Gopher because both are telling. They illustrate a simple truth about Americans. We can't stand the thought of death. We can't stand the thought that any creature might endure pain or suffering, and to prevent them we frequently let our emotions get the better of us.

But those who wish us ill suffer no such compunction. They don't fear death and bloodshed and pain, and, in fact, they desire them. They desire the greater glory that, they believe, their bloody actions will bring them.

Whereas they are focused and determined to accomplish their ends, we are divided and confused and unable to agree what our ends are. Whereas we struggle with the notion of having to put a guinea pig or a dog to sleep, they are willing to kill us, themselves and their own babies.

Were I a betting man, I'd have to wager that their strategy could prove to be more effective than ours — but only if we lack the will to face what we need to face to defeat them.

I sure hope things turn out better for America than they did for my friend Kling. After all the soul-searching and emotional torment his family went through to keep Gopher alive — after all the dough they spent — the thankless dog ran away again.

This time, he never came back.

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