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 3, 2009/ 7 Adar 5769

On Muscle Cars and Saving Detroit

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before we let them supervise anything, we should make them drive Donny Krieger's '69 SS Chevelle.

Maybe I better explain.

There was an interesting report on CNN recently about the demise of the classic American muscle car. I speak of the heart-stopping works of art that Detroit built in the '60s and early '70s.

Chevrolet's 1969 SS Chevelle was one of the era's masterpieces. So, too, was the SS Camaro, the Pontiac GTO, the Ford Shelby Mustang and the Plymouth Road Runner, Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1969.

The country was packed full of young, optimistic baby boomers then. Detroit produced affordable muscle cars to appeal to them and, boy, did the boomers respond.

They spent hours of pleasure, to borrow from Henry Ford, burning rubber in G-d's great open spaces — until oil prices soared and gas-guzzling muscle cars gave way to dinky compacts.

I was saddened to learn that, then, that GM, in response to its cost woes, is disbanding its high-performance-vehicle division.

Here's why: If American carmakers need to do anything to win back consumers, they need to stop making bland, dinky, egg-shaped Japanese knockoffs.

They need to get back to building distinctly American cars that reflect American creativity, ingenuity, confidence and optimism. I worry that isn't going to happen.

According to The New York Times, President Obama has established a presidential panel for the auto industry to "supervise" the $17.4 billion in government loan agreements we've already given to GM and Chrysler.

But, according to the Detroit News, most of the 18 panel members don't have a whit of passion for automobiles.

Sure, Joe Biden drives a '67 Corvette, another member drives a Lexus and another a Mini Cooper, but two panel members don't even own a car and the others tool around in vehicles that would embarrass a teenager.

One drives a 1995 Mazda Protege, three drive Honda minivans, another drives a Subaru station wagon and another drives a Volvo — now there's a car that gets the blood pumping.

Worse, one panel member drives a French car, one a lawnmower-sized hybrid and another a 1998 Chevy Cavalier — a car so uninspiring, George Clooney couldn't get lucky in it.

And this group of uninspired individuals is going to "supervise" GM and Chrysler? G-d help us.

If there is anything that is needed to save Detroit, it is passion — the passion I got to know the very first time I drove a car, Donny Krieger's '69 SS Chevelle.

I was only 15 then — I didn't even have a license — but Donny let me drive. We were coasting down Horning Road in first gear when he told me to floor it.

The nose of the car shot upward. The rear wheels began to spin. The motor exploded into a loud, angry growl, as though the heavens were bursting loose.

I shifted into second and floored it again and was rewarded with more screeching tires, more explosive growling and an adrenaline rush that only the American muscle car could produce.

American automakers have many problems to solve, to be sure. But if they want to win back the American consumer, they need to recapture our hearts. They need to produce cars that reflect our spirit, optimism and love of the open road.

We don't care how they do it. Power the cars with batteries or hydrogen or vegetable oil. Invent something new. Just be innovative, stylish and bold. Be American, for goodness' sakes!

But now that GM and Chrysler have accepted billions from Washington — now that they've signed a pact with the devil — I fear it will be harder than ever for them to be authentically bold, innovative and stylish.

I fear that the government panel members will push their own notion of boldness, innovation and style — a notion that will lead to cars that are even dinkier, duller and less likely to sell.

As I said, we ought to make them drive Donny Krieger's '69 SS Chevelle before we let them begin supervising anything.

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