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 14, 2011/ 9 Adar II, 5771

Irish Need Not Apply --- for U.S. work visas

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well, this takes the Irish cake.

The Irish are being shunned by America all over again.

Ireland, you see, is not doing so well.

Prior to the global economic meltdown, its service industry soared as global companies took advantage of its well-educated, English-speaking citizens.

Emboldened by its good fortune, the Irish government, and many of its citizens, overborrowed and overspent.

A housing bubble formed and burst spectacularly.

Now Ireland's unemployment rate is 13.5 percent. The high-paying service jobs have disappeared.

And lots of well-educated Irish folks are fleeing their motherland yet again.

But they're not heading to America this time.

During the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, millions of Irish immigrants settled here. They took jobs in mills and coal mines and along rails and waterways.

Follow America's waterways and rails and you'll find many places where the Irish settled.

My great-great-grandfather came over in the 1840s and settled in Pittsburgh. I don't know if he worked in the mills, but he probably did, and his son, my great-grandfather, was a foreman in one. His son, my grandfather, became a banker.

Today, one in four Americans can trace their heritage to Ireland's rolling green hills. The Irish influence has benefited America.

Bob Callahan, writing in Salon, says the melodies of the Irish fiddle were blended with the rhythms of African music to give birth to today's popular music.

Irish vaudevillians, masters of knockabout physical comedy, influenced early Hollywood filmmaking and gave birth to the comic strip.

But it's the mischievousness of Irish wit that has most influenced American culture.

Callahan says the "hard-boiled, darkly humorous, racetrack bitten" language of the Irish had a tremendous influence on American language, particularly the words of "brilliant, wisecracking Irish-Americans."

Which reminds me of the one about the Irish brewery worker who drowns in a vat of Guinness. His best friend visits the dead man's wife to share the sad news.

"Tell me, did he at least go quickly?" she asks him, crying.

"Not exactly, missus," says the man's best friend. "Your husband got out of the vat three times to use the bathroom."

In my family, being Irish means laughing easily, never taking yourself too seriously, being cautious of getting stuck in the narrowness of your own point of view.

Boy, America sure could use a fresh infusion of the Irish spirit -- but no luck of the Irish this time.

It's nearly impossible for the new wave of Irish immigrants to get U.S. work visas. This is because we have no jobs.

That's why the Irish are immigrating to Canada!

That's right. Unlike us, our friends to the north got their financial house in order and weathered the economic meltdown wonderfully. Their economy is going great guns.

They are letting in twice as many skilled Irish immigrants as they did in 2004.

America, so influenced by Irish immigrants, no longer has the means to let them in.

The least we can do is have some Irish grace about our dire financial situation.

Which reminds me of when Paddy died.

His wife called the newspaper to place his obituary. The newsman said the cost was $1 a word.

"I only have $2," said Mrs. Paddy. "Just print 'Paddy died.'"

The newsman, feeling sorry for her, gave her three extra words at no charge.

"A kind man you are," she said. "Print me husband's obituary this way: 'Paddy died. Boat for sale.'"

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