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 7, 2013/ 27 Iyar, 5773

GOP pols: Americans want immigration reform. Do you even know what to do?

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A few weeks ago, the odds an immigration reform bill could pass in both the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives were closer to "none" than "slim."

The prospect of having millions of newly enfranchised Hispanics voting for them is the chief interest Democrats have in immigration reform. But there were indications President Barack Obama would rather have the issue than a bill that could pass in the House.

After the president's humiliating defeat on gun control, however, he badly needs a "win" on a substantive issue, lest he become a lame duck far earlier than any president before him. He can get it only on immigration.

The Boston Marathon bombing has made millions more aware of how badly broken the present system is and has made fixing it a more urgent priority. Big majorities of Republicans as well as of Democrats and independents say they'd support an immigration reform bill that does what the so-called "Gang of 8" senators say theirs will do -- secure the border, tighten scrutiny of visa applicants and give otherwise law-abiding illegals a "path to citizenship."

The odds a bill that does those things will become law are now better than 50-50. It won't be the "Gang of 8" bill. Critics have identified hundreds of instances in which the language in the 844-page bill undermines the claims of its sponsors.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., lead negotiator for the Democrats, never intended to keep the promises he made to get Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on board, writes columnist Rich Lowry.

"Schumer's genius is to have placated Rubio not just with promises, but with new versions of old promises," he observed. "Rubio traded amnesty -- although he refuses to call it that -- for an enforcement plan on paper and a commission to be named later."

I agree 100 percent with Mr. Lowry's characterization of Sen. Schumer. But if Rich Lowry and I know Chuck Schumer is clever, devious and untrustworthy, odds are Sen. Rubio does, too.

Mr. Lowry's condescension is a mild form of a grave conservative failing. Many are never happier than when they're accusing other conservatives of betrayal. Marco Rubio may be wrong on this issue, but he is no traitor, coward or fool. He may be a better strategic thinker.

Conservatives have raised alarms about the efficacy of the security provisions in the "Gang of 8" bill and the bill's cost. But these are better arguments for improving the bill than for rejecting reform altogether.

Most conservatives who oppose immigration reform do so primarily because they are unwilling ever to forgive the otherwise law-abiding for having snuck into the country.

Before illegals could apply for citizenship, they'd have to keep their noses clean for 13 years and pay a $2,000 fine, the "Gang of 8" bill ostensibly provides. But to Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, columnist Pat Buchanan and Mr. Lowry, this is still "amnesty."

Most Republicans don't share this view, and if it prevails, the GOP may never win another national election.

Some criticisms are spurious. No harm would befall the republic if the otherwise law-abiding were relieved of the fear of deportation before the border is pronounced secure. (Whether illegals should also be made eligible for welfare benefits, immediately or ever, is another question entirely.)

But the republic will suffer if we do nothing to repair an immigration system that's so badly broken. The winning strategy for the GOP is to make certain any bill that ultimately passes actually does what the "Gang of 8" says theirs will do.

But so many things are wrong with their bill that trying to fix them one by one is a Herculean task -- akin to cleaning the Augean stables. To get a bill that does what the "Gang of 8" promises, it'd be easier to start over from scratch.

Which is exactly what Republicans in the House should do: Write a bill that does what the vast majority of Americans say they want done. If both the House and Senate pass reform bills, the focus will be on which approach is better. Conservative concerns about security and cost will be taken more seriously.

After Boston, there will be a political cost to Democrats if they oppose fixing a system that lets the likes of the Tsarnaevs into the country. We could be pleasantly surprised by what they'd be willing to accept.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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