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 Feb. 12, 2013/ 2 Adar, 5773

Capturing The Reagan Center

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I do not believe that Republicans should “moderate” their views.

The GOP needs to stick to core principles but be more realistic about how to fight for them.

Recently, a liberal blog wrote that I said the Republican party needs to “moderate” its views. I never used the word moderate.

Here’s what I said in that National Review article:

“I’m trying to explore ways in which the Republican party can make itself viable nationally, so it can win national elections without sacrificing its basic principles,” Morris said. “That’s the mission I’ve set for myself.”

Obama has deconstructed the electorate into special interest or ethnic constituencies to create a winning coalition.

In his first Inaugural speech he spoke of following those who fought at “Concord, Gettysburg, Normandy, and Khe Sanh, “national symbols all. But in his second Inaugural, he urged us to follow those who marched at “Selma (Blacks), Seneca Falls (Woman), and Stonewall (Gays),” each symbols for a disparate constituency group.

The Republican Party often needlessly offends each element of the Democratic coalition. Blacks, by its past opposition to voting rights, Latinos over immigration reform, gays by its antipathy to their marrying, single women over abortion rights.

Many of these special interest Democratic voters would vote for the GOP if the Republicans were smart enough to re-package and re-position themselves slightly while keeping to central GOP doctrines of less government, less debt, and less spending — ideas that resonate with the grand majority of Americans.

We do not need to change our core beliefs. We just need to approach them more sensibly and delicately.

On immigration, many Republicans are pragmatically worried that legalizing 12 million would just add to the Democratic electoral majority.

But these Republicans can still embrace immigration reform, as proposed, by the Rubio plan that increases border security dramatically, gives current illegal immigrants work permits so they can pay taxes (no free ride anymore!) and steep restitution fees for breaking the law.

And no one gets citizenship automatically — it can take 10 to 15 years to gain it under the Rubio plan — so we will have no tidal wave of new Democratic voters swamping us.

Meanwhile, by embracing such a plan, the GOP can gain many new voters today among Hispanics. Here’s why. Polling that I have conducted suggests that Latino voters in the US are far closer to Republican views on abortion, gay marriage, welfare, entitlements, public indebtedness, family stability, drugs, and crime.

Indeed they see Democrats as peddling the same message that their old leaders back home pushed — entitlements, debt, big government, corruption, and class warfare — which created such a mess that they came to America in the first place. They sharply differentiate themselves from those who lean on entitlements and want instead to follow in the footsteps of hard working immigrants who rise by their initiative and labor.

The Latinos vote Democratic because Republicans oppose immigration reform. And Republicans oppose immigration reform because they worry that Latinos will vote Democratic, a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Similarly, another voter group, women and single women don’t love abortion. Like most Americans they abhor the extremes of the right — that rape is “an act of God” — and of the left in support of very easy and third trimester abortions. They agree that abortion is a not a good thing and should be avoided, if possible.

By insisting that Roe v. Wade be overturned, something that will not happen in the foreseeable future, the Republican Party is frightening women voters and, at the same time, losing the ability to enact laws that will, in fact, greatly reduce the number of abortions. They do no service to the cause.

The GOP can remain staunchly “pro-life” and “pro-family” but re-focus our efforts at preserving life by reducing the number of abortions rather just focusing on completely denying their legal availability.

The efforts to reduce the number of abortions are working. The number of abortions has dropped from about 1.4 million in 1992 to slightly more than 700,000 today. Teen pregnancy is down 42%. Those are good things we can all support.

So let’s work together to reduce abortions further by a whole range of strategies: birth control, abstinence education, waiting periods, parental notification and consent, adoption subsidies, and the like. We don’t need to scare women voters into the hands of the Democrats. Just reduce the number of abortions by sensible policies so that they become rare.

On the controversial issue of gay marriage, the GOP can make it clear that marriage is a social compact that must conform to the norms of each society. The Founding Fathers set up a wonderful system that allows almost all of the major social issues to be dealt with by state and local governments. So, if the people of a state find that marriage between gays conforms to their standard, so be it. And likewise for states that want to ban it.

But the Republicans can and should resist the courts trying to jam gay marriage down our throats by inventing some constitutional right that Thaddeus Stevens probably never thought of when he wrote the 14th Amendment.

While pivoting ever so slightly on issues like immigration, abortion and gay rights, the GOP can be even more aggressive on core issues.

We need to stand stronger on spending, debt, and taxes. These are our central to our philosophy of limited government and our belief in the free enterprise system. These issues win the support of the bulk of the American people while the divisive social issues do not.

In the 1990s, the Democrats under Bill Clinton needed to shed their image of being weak on crime, permissive on drugs, and tolerant of welfare abuse in order to prevail over their core issues of education, the elderly, and the environment. So they adapted, adopting many Republican strategies such as abolishing welfare. Now, the Republicans need to return to the Reagan center of the party — opposing big government, decrying over-regulation, and determined to cut our debt, public spending, and tax levels.

Then, Republicans can win and win big.

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