In this issue

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 Apr. 18, 2013/ 8 Iyar, 5773

Things will be the same again

By Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Scarcely had the terrible news from Copley Square broken when the somber prediction began to be heard everywhere: Boston will never be the same. The Marathon will never be the same. Patriots Day will never be the same.

After such a gory and public atrocity on what is normally such an upbeat, festive day, that was a wholly understandable reaction. "There goes another piece of our freedom, another sacred and oh-so-local institution," wrote the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy in his column yesterday. The horrifying images and grisly details of the first successful terrorist bombing on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001, are now indelibly etched into Boston's memory. The dead will soon be laid to rest, the shattered glass and blood will be cleaned up. But the heartbreak and shock of this week's attack will cast a shadow over the city for a long, long time - never more so than on each Patriots Day to come.

Yet when it comes to what we value most about life in Boston and every American city — the feel of freedom, the relish of an open society — I'm betting that things are going to be the same. Yes, even now.

Remember that after 9/11, too, we were told that nothing would ever be the same. If anything back then was universally taken for granted, it was that more massacres were on the way - a matter of when, not if. Even with beefed-up security procedures and strengthened counterintelligence tools, America would never be able to protect all of its open places from determined terrorists. I'm sure I wasn't the only person who used to wonder why terrorists would bother targeting airports or other fortified public facilities when they could wreak just as much havoc almost effortlessly by setting off a couple of bombs in a crowded supermarket or a busy public park.

Our enemies likewise anticipated more slaughter. Terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed later confessed that Al-Qaeda had intended to follow up 9/11 with additional attacks on the Sears Tower in Chicago, the New York Stock Exchange, and the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

Yet those attacks never came. The last 12 years have not been terror-free, of course. There have been terrorist shootings - most notably the Fort Hood massacre in Texas in 2009 -- and a number of thwarted plots and fortunate near-misses. But not until Monday's bombings on Boylston Street did terrorists succeed in achieving the kind of public carnage in wide-open spaces that so many feared would be inevitable.

Until we know more about those responsible for this week's savagery, it is foolish to speculate about the motives that drove them, or whether Boston represents a new kind of terror threat calling for fresh security measures or counterterrorist policies. Right now, all of us have a lot more questions than answers. But even without knowing whether this was the bloody work of right-wingers or left-wingers, home-grown extremists or foreign haters, an organized group or a solo fanatic, we can be confident of at least this much: American freedom - including the freedom to run marathons, celebrate local traditions, and refight the battles of Lexington and Concord - isn't about to evaporate.

Colonial Minutemen took up their positions on Lexington's Battle Green on Monday. The start of the American War for Independence - the fighting in Lexington and Concord - is reenacted each Patriots Day in Massachusetts.

If the years since 9/11 have taught us anything, it is that Americans are jealous of their liberties and not about to relinquish them - not even in the cause of pre-empting terror. Nearly every post-9/11 change in domestic security policy - from the Patriot Act to airport security scanners - has been decried as another step down the slippery slope to a police state. But we haven't slid down that slope. Freedom still thrives in this country, and we are not about to surrender our liberties and our heritage by going overboard in pursuit of safety.

Terrorism is a potent threat, and it calls at times for potent responses. But Americans have met more than two and a half centuries of potent threats without forfeiting the love of freedom that is indispensable to our way of life. Whatever else changes between now and next Patriots Day, the resilience of American liberty will not.


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