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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

Will CPAC's libertarian tone harm Republicans' courtship of Jewish voters

By Dmitriy Shapiro




The GOP has been making steady inroads among Jews, particularly the young. Why that may stop


JewishWorldReview.com | In striking a more libertarian tone than in previous years, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) might be taking the constituency represented by its sponsor, the American Conservative Union (ACU), down a path that is alienating to some in the Jewish community.

According to some observers, the March 6-8 conference's apparent toning down of foreign policy concerns certainly played to the base of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who won the annual gathering's straw poll of presidential contenders for the second straight year, but could prove a liability in the effort to win over moderate Jewish voters for the Republican Party.

"The most important thing is to find a candidate that speaks to all these people," said Eric Rappaport, director of PolicyHill.com. "I think a lot of Jews are Reagan Democrats who are more centrist, and what the Republicans really need instead of rhetoric is someone who can garner those votes and bring them into the fold."

Though Jews make up a small minority of CPAC attendees, their number in recent years has been increasing. This year, the invocation at the beginning of the conference at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., was given by an Orthodox rabbi.

"Everybody knows him here," David Keene, former CPAC chairman and current opinion editor at The Washington Times, said of the choice to have Rabbi Chaim "Nate" Segal of Staten Island, NY, deliver the invocation. "Rabbi Segal is our rabbi."

Keene also mentioned how recent elections show a growing number of Jews voting Republican.

"The Jewish vote has begun to shift, but it's mostly younger people because that's who you have to get [to change voting trends]," he argued. "You either have to get younger people or there has to be some cataclysmic event."

Whereas in previous presidential election years, the Jewish Republican vote at the top of the ticket hovered in the 20-percent range, exit-polling data in 2012 indicated that upwards of 30 percent of Jewish voters chose Republican nominee Mitt Romney for president. Historic highs in the GOP's share of the Jewish vote came in the 1956 reelection of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 1988 election of then-Vice President George Bush.

Since CPAC always runs Thursday through Saturday, attending each conference has traditionally been difficult for observant Jews. In 2012, the Young Jewish Conservatives began hosting a Shabbaton at or near the conference so that religious Jews could attend sessions in between prayers and meals. This year's Shabbaton drew about 120 attendees, who were addressed by former GOP presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida, and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). Each speaker, in his own way, expressed support for Israel.

Though Franks received the greatest response from Shabbaton attendees, Santorum came in a close second, delivering a thinly veiled attack at the conference's prevailing message of isolationist foreign policy.

But among attendees of the general CPAC conference, the momentum undoubtedly belonged to Paul and his brand of libertarianism which, until this year, has not seriously threatened the loyalty of the GOP elite on the boards of organizations like the ACU that project a mainstream mix of conservative fiscal and social policies.


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Paul's speech was the best attended and best received by attendees—especially among college students—than any during the entire conference, which also included a keynote address by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who read from a "Dr. Seuss" book to rail against Democrats.

Key points in Paul's address focused on the ideals of liberty and freedom, referencing National Security Agency wire-tapping programs to military drone strikes, an issue on which he conducted a filibuster on the Senate floor last year.

"Will we sit idly by and let our rights be trampled on?" he asked. "Will we be like lemmings, rushing to the comfort of Big Brother's crushing embrace, or will we stand like men and women of character and say, 'We are free and no man, no matter how well-intentioned, will take our freedom from us?'"

Among Jewish attendees backing Paul was Joseph Strauss, 24.

"I think that his message is the most refined message that traditionally isn't reached by the Republican Party," said Strauss, a consultant and native of Washington, DC, who spends half the year in West Virginia. "I think it's the most expansive message of liberty and freedom. I think that that's attractive to everyone and I think that the outreach would provide for a larger voter base than we normally have access to."

Strauss said that although Paul raised eyebrows back in September by apparently suggesting in an interview that hawkish Republicans were backing military action because of concern for Israel and the Jewish people, he could tolerate the senator's isolationist approach. In Strauss's view, presidential intervention in conflicts around the globe has only led to mistakes.

"I've watched president after president—whether on the right or the left—stumble in foreign policy," he said. "They're always supposed to be these experts and they hire all these academia types and consistently they underperform."

Rabbi Yitzhok Tendler, cofounder of the Young Jewish Conservatives, acknowledged a divide in the part of the Jewish community that hews close to conservative politics, saying that those who tend to identify as Zionist side more with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)—who finished a distant second in last weekend's straw poll—but that Paul appeals to the younger generation.

"Young people in general identify with those [libertarian] ideas and typically identify with people who express their beliefs in an articulate and unambiguous fashion," said Tendler. "Though the more strongly Zionist young Jews identify, the more likely they will have questions about Rand Paul's foreign policy."

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