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 March 4, 2008 / 13 Adar I 5768

A neophyte looks like a pro, and vice versa

By James Klurfeld

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have been consistently skeptical that there's any correlation between how a candidate runs a presidential campaign and his or her ability to lead the nation effectively.

The whole process has become so long, drawn out and complex - so much an endurance test - that the only attributes it highlights are the ability to sleep in unfamiliar, uncomfortable motel-room beds, eat fast food, shake hands until they blister and still manage to smile. Are you really sure you want to vote for somebody willing to undergo so many months of unending indignities? And what does it all have to do with running the country?

But having watched this primary campaign, especially the Democratic race, I do find myself coming to some conclusions about the relative merits of Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.

I'm impressed with Obama's strategic grasp of campaign strategy - and his ability to implement that strategy. In one sense, Clinton has seriously undercut her major campaign rationale: that she has the experience and is ready from day one.

Well, for all that experience - and she and her husband, God knows, have run a lot of successful campaigns - she looks as if she has been outstrategized and outmaneuvered on the ground by the neophyte. It's really incredible.

Obama spent time and money organizing to win caucuses in many of the small states that the Clinton crowd decided to ignore. That takes political savvy and organizational ability. Clinton obviously believed she could win enough delegates by Feb. 5, Super Tuesday, to deliver a knockout blow. When that didn't work, she didn't have a backup plan. Also incredible.

At the very least, it shows that he chose good people and let them do their jobs, a sign of a good manager. Clinton chose people who were loyal to her. I often had the impression her staff, especially the younger members, idolized her to the point that they couldn't even fathom she was screwing up the campaign. This is especially interesting because most of the political pros signed up early to work for Clinton, figuring she would win and they would get high-level jobs. Obama had to pick from the leftovers.

I'm also more impressed with Obama under pressure than Clinton. Her performance over the past week, when things have clearly not been going well, has been bizarre. One day she said she was honored to be on the same stage as Obama and the next she was saying, "Shame on you, Barack Obama," and then heavy-handedly mocking his lofty rhetoric. Clinton said it was meant to be a light moment in the campaign. Ouch!

In contrast, there seems to be a calm at the center of Obama that is reassuring. Obviously it helps to be the front-runner. And I believe he has become more self-confident and articulate in the debates as the campaign has continued. He has been able to parry Clinton's thrusts with grace.

Even at his worst moment of Tuesday's debate, when he would not come out and say that he not only denounced Louis Farrakhan but believed him to be an evil person, he managed to take a cue from Clinton and say he rejected his support. It's not that he has not made mistakes. He has. But he recovers from them and gets better.

Of course, not everything depends on campaign tactics. We pundits tend to make too much of them during the campaign. Voters are more interested in a sense of who is going to help them cope with their daily lives than who's running a brilliant campaign.

In the end, voters make a gestalt judgment that combines issues and character with a big dose of intuition. And that comes from watching the campaign, sometimes closely, but more often while distracted by the events of daily life.

But judgments are made. And for the past few weeks, those judgments have been coming down on Obama's side.

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James Klurfeld is a professor of journalism at Stony Brook University.


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