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 23, 2012/ 1 Iyar, 5772

Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead

By Ann McFeatters

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The nastiness has started in earnest.

Fake allegations about the presidential candidates are posted more than three times per minute on social media, according to MSNBC.

Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to be able to say anything nice about President Barack Obama. Obama seems distinctly disdainful of the former Massachusetts governor.

Political action committees and corporations, freed by the Supreme Court to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, are preparing some of the most negative ads we’ve ever seen. The candidates’ own committees are said to be soliciting $1 billion each.

We Americans have had many truly awful presidential campaigns (“Ma. Ma. Where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House. Ha. Ha. Ha.” That was the chant used by Republicans against Grover Cleveland, rumored to have sired a child out of wedlock. Democrats accused his opponent, James Blaine, of corruption and cover-up: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the state of Maine, ‘Burn this letter’!”

This year we’ve got some has-been singer with scrawny hair, whose endorsement was welcomed by the Romneys, calling the president “evil” and saying that if Obama is re-elected, he, the singer, will be dead or in jail.

We’ve still got know-nothing politicians suggesting that Obama is probably a Muslim (he is not) or not a legal citizen (he is).

We’ve got Obama’s camp pointing out that Ann Romney was a privileged stay-at-home mother and Mitt Romney was born with a silver spoon in his mouth — therefore, they can’t possibly understand the other 99 percent. Oh, and did you hear that they once drove to Canada with the family dog on the station-wagon roof?

What is scary about this election is that 46 percent of Americans absolutely would never consider voting for Romney and 46 percent absolutely would never consider voting for Obama this November. And most of them feel viscerally that the other guy is a horrible, terrible, no-good person who will ruin the country.

What’s even scarier is that the experts think the election will be decided by less than 1 percent of voters. (Even though the experts are often wrong, half the population will be seriously bitter come January.)

Yes, we know that every four years there is what’s supposed to be the most crucial election in U.S. history. But this might be the case this time. This election is about philosophy of government: Do we want to make serious changes in how we are governed, or not?

Do we want to trim the deficit by cutting out the services we like, or not? Do we want to change the tax code, or not? Do we want to let the really rich have more control of the reins, or not? Do we want to cut entitlement benefits such as Medicare and Social Security and make Americans take more responsibility for their own retirements, or not? As we going to continue to be a nation that welcomes immigrants, or are we going to shut the doors?

Obama has held power since 2009. He saved Detroit, killed Osama bin Laden and began the economic recovery. But millions of Americans are still desperately struggling to get out from under one of the worst recessions ever, and Obama still can’t sell his signature health-insurance-overhaul law. Romney saved the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, made millions in business and governed his state as a moderate. But few know what he stands for on major issues or whether his plans to deregulate, cut spending and cut taxes are realistic or anachronistic.

In some respects, this era is like the Civil War, with the hatred but not the bloodshed. Brother against brother. Sister against sister. Parents against children. It’s even red-state-blue-state geographical. If you live in Arizona, you are assumed to distrust Obama; if you live in New York, you’re assumed to dislike Romney.

We’ll spend the next six months seeking reinforcement of what we already believe about each man before we hold our noses and vote.

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03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong