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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 Jan. 10, 2011 / 5 Shevat, 5771

Rubio goes to Washington

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "You didn't fly here to celebrate me," Marco Rubio announced from the stage of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

The comment could have been received as a bit jarring coming from Rubio. Hours after being sworn in as a U.S. senator, this former insurgent candidate who bucked his party's national establishment to challenge their hand-crafted candidate -- Charlie Crist, the sitting governor at the time -- was presenting himself as nothing but a working man starting out in a new office. Here, the latest hot ticket in town, being talked about as any Republican presidential candidate's favored running mate, was turning the humble on high. This was the party to be at. Everyone seemed to drop by -- an impression one got as liberal Minnesota Sen. Al Franken posed for pictures with some of this tea party king's most loyal supporters.

In his remarks, Rubio echoed a campaign theme of his: "It's not about me." People supported his candidacy, he contended, because they worried about the fate of their nation. Relaying some of the touristy things he had done with his wife and young children since arriving in our nation's capital, Rubio recalled -- with a savvy "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" appeal -- visiting some of the founders memorials in and around town. They stand as reminders and even rallying cries. Those who fought and died to establish this country; those who worked on its founding; those who believed that "every single human person had inherent rights that came from G0d," he reminded the crowd. And "those principles still bind us as a nation today." We are the "one place on Earth" that can be relied on to stand as a beacon on these things. And what the 112th Congress does will help determine, Rubio insisted, whether "when my children are my age," they will come back here to admire the monuments of our core national values, or merely be "looking at relics of a once-great nation."

Our national government, he reiterated, "Spends more money than it takes in." This city, he pointed out, "is filled with people who believe that senators and congressmen and presidents create jobs." So many in the room who supported him, he said, are the actual job creators, who are being hurt by Washington's paternalistic good intentions.

Rubio declared: "The world is a safer and better place when America is the strongest," declaring his intention to "work with anyone and I mean anyone who stands with these things." But not without adding that if you don't, he'll "work against you."

His message was a Miami version of the one with which the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ohio's John Boehner, opened the new session of his chamber. "The American people have humbled us," Boehner said.

The humility point was underscored by Sarah Palin -- of all people, considering some of the commentary about her -- in her recent book "America by Heart." She cites evangelical pastor Charles Stanley, from his book "How to Reach Your Full Potential for G0d." "If something is presented to you as 'you must decide right now or the opportunity ends,' take that as a sign that your answer should be no. An opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad ultimatum is rarely from G0d."

In the wake of a congressional year that began with a supposed do-or-die health care vote of monumentally unsustainable proportions and ended with a nuclear-proliferation treaty and military policymaking being rushed, it's a caution that couldn't be wasted in Washington. The town, needless to say, is overrun with ghosts -- needless to say -- of men who let themselves be corrupted by power. But power only tends to corrupt. It's not a given. A tendency in the opposite direction is fostered through listening to the right advice, keeping the right influences around you, remembering why you were sent to town.

Palin could have been comfortable at Rubio's party, as she wrote: "we'd do well to quit thinking we're the center of it all -- the center of our circle of friends, our office, our softball team, our political party. No, we are part of a much larger body."

Or remember the example of the men who came before you whose very names are synonymous with selflessness, who had no identity issues, confident in their callings, not letting themselves be deluded by power. Men like Thomas More, the aide to Henry VII who displayed saintly courage of conviction. The day after the swearing-in, one congressman's constituent pointed to a statue of More directly across from the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington: "Don't forget him." He died for what he believed. Congressional freshmen are likely not to have to give their lives, but they certainly ought not surrender their souls. And, as Rubio reminded, the stakes involve just that -- our very nation, heart and soul.

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