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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

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 Feb. 20, 2007 / 2 Adar, 5767

Hey, Rudy, not so fast

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Will Rudy Giuliani be the right's guy in the 2008 presidential race? It's still way too soon to be sure, but conservatives are flirting seriously with the former New York City mayor. Yes, the same mayor whose file photos will forevermore show him dressed in drag. The same mayor whose marital infidelities will be chronicled permanently in newspaper archives.

Rudy and the right? It's not the most obvious fit, but it's a marriage that could work. Let's just say they're dating but agreeing to see other people right now.

Even though no one will vote in a primary until next year, the presidential race is already prominent on the minds of the politically active. At a recent Beltway party, a friend who is a devoted social conservative explained, and I paraphrase, "Even if abortion is legal in this messed-up post-Roe country, I can choose to not have an abortion. I can counsel you not to have an abortion. I can even choose not to hook up with anyone in the first place. But I can't kill the jihadists. I need the government to do that."

Her point is a conservative one: National defense is what the government really needs to be involved in. So which presidential contender really understands this concept?

Rudy, was the answer she argued. She respects Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his service to our nation — tortured in Vietnam as a Marine — and wants to like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But on a cold February 2007 night, weeks before even a pre-primary debate, she looked at the field and was most naturally drawn to Giuliani.

Days later, the former federal prosecutor who stared down the mob was on Reaganite Bill Bennett's radio show channeling former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., talking about the Islamic terrorists' war on America. Santorum lost his re-election bid while warning of "the gathering storm" — the war "Islamic fascists" are waging on America. He wasn't thanked by voters for his leadership (he lost his bid for re-election this fall), but he gets it. Giuliani, who was there when America's enemies attacked on Sept. 11, gets it too. But what about abortion and marriage? Giuliani has already helped himself with social conservatives by saying early on that he would appoint judges in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. These are things conservatives want to hear — at least a start.

Right now, the conservative movement is longing for the second coming of Ronald Reagan, and no candidate is truly wowing it. Rudy is looking to step in and make this his moment. He's getting more than his share of help from writers on the right. Columnist Deroy Murdock has made the case that abortions went down in New York during his tenure and has written that "conservatives seeking a proven leader to lasso taxes and rein in runaway spending have a natural choice for president: Rudolph W. Giuliani." Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute also fondly recalls Giuliani's term as mayor. "The private economy, not government, creates opportunity," he said. "Government should just deliver basic services well and then get out of the private sector's way." These things, too, will help with social conservatives already attracted to the Brooklyn-born tough-guy executive.

I'm not sold on the Rudy idea quite yet. Like many conservatives, I watch the rock-concert-like crowds that Obama attracts and think, "We could really use a superstar." But I also would like a Republican nominee who is an all-encompassing leader. He may not be running for priest-in-chief, but it would also be nice to have a president who's not a cad-in-chief, fodder for daily tabloid headlines.

In other words, character matters. Now, is character also telling Yasser Arafat you have no place in my city, as Giuliani did as mayor? You bet. However, that's also Romney refusing to give protection to the former president of the terrorist state of Iran when he was speaking in Massachusetts last year.

The exciting thing about this presidential cycle is that although it is painfully long, it also gives us the opportunity to really get to know the candidates — the good, the bad and the ugly.

The bottom line? The guy who will clearly stare down the jihadists will ultimately earn conservative votes. That may be Giuliani. For now, however, I'm holding out for a leader who comes with even more than that — the one who knows not only that we have a civilization to fight for, but also understands that marriage and the preservation of human life are essential to keeping that civilization going. That may be Romney.

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