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 May 20, 2013/ 11 Sivan, 5773

The dream job nobody -- and I do mean NOBODY -- wants

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You get to be in charge, except for the guy who is really in charge. You get to spend the money, but only if the other guy says OK. You get to state your platform, but you may never be able to implement one bit of it.

Why would anyone want to be mayor of Detroit?

Dave Bing, our current mayor, declined to seek a second term last week. When we spoke, the first question I asked was whether he opted out because an emergency manager now hovered over the city like one of those "War of the Worlds" spaceships.

He said no.

He said it was the hours.

He said it was the commitment.

But I don't believe him.

"I put in 70 to 80 hours a week," said the 69-year-old Bing. "... It takes a hell of lot of energy ... and I just wanted to be honest with myself and the people in the city."

I think he means what he says about the effort. But Bing still has the athlete's mentality that pushed him through years in the NBA. He admitted he'd be interested in running for Wayne County executive, which doesn't come free until late next year, when he'll be 71.

If this is really about fatigue, wouldn't he be more tired by then?

It's no accident that Bing, while considering his re-election plans, told the Free Press he was frustrated by the lack of coordinated effort -- or even interest -- from Kevyn Orr, the governor's appointed emergency manager.

It's no accident that the day Bing said he's not running again was the same day a new Detroit police chief was plucked out of Cincinnati -- not by Bing, but again by the EM.

Police chiefs and mayors are integral to each other. In many ways, they help determine one another's fate. Having a guy pushed on you is like enduring an arranged marriage. It would not sit well with too many mayoral types.

Nor would having to get permission for pretty much every major decision, spending effort or personnel initiative.

But whoever wins for mayor this November, that's likely what awaits -- at least for the early part of his or her term.

And what concerns me is what that does to potential candidates. It's already a major problem -- not only in the city or state, but on a national level -- that our best and brightest no longer seek political office. Why should they? If they are at all successful it likely means:

--A pay cut.

--A bureaucracy they've never dealt with.

--Scrutiny beyond reason.

--Criticism from everybody for everything.

Who wants it? Who needs it? When I asked Bing -- a guy who spent years in the public spotlight -- the biggest factor in his decision not to run again, he said this:

"I've got three daughters who love me dearly, and I think (the criticism) impacted and affected them. ... I think they all felt that a lot of the criticism wasn't necessarily warranted."

This from a guy who, in my opinion, has been as respected and well-thought-of as any Detroit mayor in the last four decades. If his family finds it tough, imagine the next person.

We all agree that money is the No. 1 issue for the city today. And to attract new money, you need the right economic climate; presumably Orr is working toward that.

But you also need a face. People invest in people. Great city comebacks usually involve great faces in charge. How much of a face can anyone put on a city when he or she is not really running it?

Is it any wonder that, with Bing out, the two leading candidates for mayor are longtime public officials with controversies on their records? The constriction of politics often leaves only political animals running.

No knock on these candidates, but that's a shame. Because new people are needed. Bing did what he did largely because he was not a career politician. But four years proved enough.

You're the big cheese, except for the bigger cheese. You're a city boss, under state receivership. You're elected by the people, but take orders from an appointee.

The best man may have just excused himself. Is anyone expecting a whole lot from the rest?

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