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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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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

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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

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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

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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 July 1, 2005 / 24 Sivan, 5765

Musings, random and otherwise

By Jeff Jacoby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The coverage of Iran's presidential election repeatedly described former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, who ended up losing the runoff to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a ''moderate,'' a ''reformer'' and a ''pragmatist.'' That made for a familiar story line — Islamist hardliner battles reform-minded centrist — but not a very accurate one.

In fact, Rafsanjani is a nasty piece of work, a collaborator in the brutality of the Khomeini era and an advocate of terror. In 1989, he called on terrorists to launch ''attacks against Americans and other Westerners and their interests around the world'' — specifically urging them to hijack planes, blow up factories, and kill Americans, Britons, and Frenchmen.

In 2001, Rafsanjani heavily implied that Iran's interest in nuclear weapons is far from peaceable. To a Tehran University audience, he explained that nukes would make possible a final solution to the Israel problem: ''The use of a nuclear bomb against Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.''

Failing to take such naked enmity and incitement to violence seriously was one of the causes of 9/11. If we are to win the war on terrorism, we cannot ignore what the Rafsanjanis of the world were saying and doing only yesterday — no matter how ''moderate'' or ''pragmatic'' they may try to appear today.

Last week the House of Representatives restored $100 million that the Appropriations Committee had cut from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's federal subsidy. Too bad: the CPB allowance should be cut, particularly when the federal budget is so badly out of balance.

But despite the argument made by some Republicans, the reason to defund ''public'' television is not its liberal political bias. It is that it has no legitimate claim on taxpayer dollars. Maybe it did back when public broadcasting was a lone oasis in a vast wasteland of mediocrity, but that is no longer the case. Thanks to cable, satellites, and the Internet, viewers now have access to an incredible array of offerings, much of it of very high quality. From ESPN to A&E to The Learning Channel, today's private broadcasters more than fill the need it was once said only public broadcasting could meet. They manage without a federal handout. Big Bird can, too.

The most eloquent commentary I saw on the manslaughter conviction of Edgar Ray Killen in the 1964 deaths of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman was an editorial cartoon in the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. Marshall Ramsey's drawing, titled ''Evolution of the Robe in Mississippi,'' consisted of two panels. The first, labeled ''1964,'' showed a Ku Klux Klansman in a white robe and hood. The second, ''2005,'' showed a black-robed judge carrying a gavel.

In some circles, America is routinely described as a land filled with racial hatred — a hatred that, while no longer expressed in lynchings, finds other outlets. In a commencement address at Colgate last month, Marian Wright Edelman spoke of ''the new racism that is seeping up across our land,'' a racism she said lurks in ''budget technicalities'' and ''racial disparities in health and in education.''

Of course intolerance still exists, and of course there are still bigots among us. But surely the most striking transformation in American life is precisely the one Ramsey's cartoon drives home: the uprooting of a virulent racial hatred that much of this country once took for granted. In 1964, Mississippians like Killen made it a priority to hunt down civil rights workers. In 2005, Mississippi makes it a priority to hunt down men like Killen.

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The Federal Communications Commission is weighing a proposal to lift the rule against using cell phones during airline flights. Apparently the original reason for the ban — fear of interference with the plane's communications equipment — is no longer a serious concern. But while in-flight cell-phone use might be safe, it would also be unbearably irritating. Who wants to be trapped in a plane for hours as scores of other passengers yammer into their phones, oblivious to the exasperation of those around them? As far as I'm concerned — and the public comments filed on the FCC's proposal suggest I'm not alone — the ban can remain in place forever.

On the other hand, why should it be for the government to decide if United's passengers may use their cell phones in the air? Shouldn't that be United's call? After all, United has a greater stake in its passenger's satisfaction and peace of mind than the feds do. If the public-safety rationale has indeed been discredited, why not let each airline decide whether cellular yackety-yak is something it wants to permit? Contrary to popular belief, not every question in American life has to be answered in Washington, D.C.

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