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 April 18, 2006 / 20 Nissan, 5766

Hey, Dems: If you want to win, stop the Bush-bashing and stand for something

By Ed Koch

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The November elections will soon be upon us. Democrats believe they can win a majority in both Houses of Congress, and I agree. But victory will not be won by Bush-bashing. It will be won if we rally the country to support the core issues of the Democratic party.

On the international front, the overriding issue facing our country is whether Americans have the will to denounce, resist and vanquish the fanatic Islamists who hate democratic values, who engage in terrorism, and who want to kill us and say so. Take them at their brazen word. When Hitler wrote "Mein Kampf," we failed to take him at his word and lived to regret it. Sixty million people ultimately paid with their lives.

The best known Islamic fanatic in the entire world is Osama bin Laden, praised and followed by millions of Muslims. His chief deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has said, "Killing the infidels is our religion, slaughtering them is our religion, until they convert to Islam or pay us tribute." Who are these infidels? First the crusaders (Christians), Jews and Hindus, but ultimately the entire non-Muslim world.

A majority of Muslims and their leaders oppose these fanatics. But out of a worldwide Muslim population of 1.4 billion in 52 countries, the fanatics and their sympathizers number in the hundreds of millions. Further, their opponents, e.g., the leaders of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf states that seek to resist bin-Laden and his extreme ideology are themselves in great danger of being overthrown by fanatics in their own countries. Those fanatics call moderate Muslim leaders and their supporters infidels and seek to assassinate them. President Musharraf of Pakistan has been the subject of at least three such attempts.

What would happen to Pakistan and its nuclear stockpile if the next attempt were to be successful? It is surely not unreasonable to fear that Dr. Abdul Qadeer Kahn, who developed the Pakistani nuclear bomb and who, according to The New York Times, provided Iran with "advanced technology" in "black market offerings," would resume control of Pakistan's nuclear program and distribute the bomb and the technology to use it to terrorist countries like Iran and terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda.

One such terrorist is Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin-Laden's second in command, who in his letter of July 9, 2005 to al-Zarqawi, stated among other goals that of "the establishment of a caliphate…" What would happen to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were the terrorists to have available to them the nuclear bomb? What would happen to the U.S. and to Israel if Iran which supports and finances terrorism in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, the West Bank and elsewhere, secures a usable nuclear bomb immediately on the black market?

Iran's megalomaniacal President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has publicly threatened the destruction of both the U.S. and Israel. Is there any doubt that if he had a nuclear bomb, he would seek to use it directly or deliver it through terrorists? His missiles are now capable of reaching Hawaii and Alaska. How long will it be before they are capable of reaching Los Angeles and Chicago? Do we wait until we are attacked and millions of Americans are killed or do we do now whatever is required to prevent the Iranians from gaining access to such a weapon? Of course, if Iran struck first, we would annihilate that country, but how would that help a grieving America?

Every course of action — diplomatic and economic — should be used to prevent the bomb from being acquired by the Iranians, but if that approach fails, what then? I support the wisdom of Senator John McCain who summed up his position which I believe should also be that of the U.S. when he said, "There's only one thing worse than the United States exercising the military option, that is, a nuclear-armed Iran."

Will the Democratic Party convince American voters that it has the resolve to protect us from the terrorism of Islamic fanatics? If it does not, it won't win the next election, notwithstanding the failures and the botching of our occupation of Iraq by the Bush administration.

On the domestic front, the overriding issue is universal comprehensive medical insurance. 45 million Americans are without health coverage, millions of whom are working at minimum and low-end wages. The Republicans have told the country they will not support a comprehensive national coverage program. Our Democratic leaders have paid obeisance to the principle of a national medical insurance program, but have not agreed upon one and have not taken measures to come to a consensus on what the party will actually support. All we hear is talk and more talk, but no legislation.

The Democrats should be prepared to state well in advance of the pending election what such a program would offer. Anyone with knowledge of costs and medical demands knows there must be limits on what can be offered with the resources available. Limits could involve rationing, personal responsibility for illnesses caused by a refusal to stop smoking or to deal with obesity or to use safer sex practices (condoms). The party leaders must be willing to defend a defined program against the onslaught of those who will oppose any limitations.

The core issues of the Democratic Party, going back to FDR and expanded with the passage of time, include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, environmental protection, education, race relations, abortion, gay rights, equal employment opportunities, fair taxation and others. The party should now clarify its positions and its platform should be intelligent and reasonable. Since 1973, I have defined my philosophy as that of a liberal with sanity. I believe a majority of Democrats see themselves that way.

If the leaders of the Democratic Party convey to the country that is how they view themselves and are prepared to govern that way, we will win in November. If all we convey is opposition to President Bush, we will lose.

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