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, 2014 / 7 Iyar, 5774

Chris Christie Dodges Political Bullet

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dodged a political bullet when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the National Rifle Association's challenge to his state's highly restrictive gun law. The justices' decision not to hear the case Drake v. Jerejian leaves Second Amendment law in disarray. Federal appeals courts around the nation are ruling in conflicting ways, some upholding restrictions like New Jersey's and others ruling such restrictions unconstitutional. "No other constitutional right has been so left to fend for itself in the lower courts," warns a Cato Institute brief in the case.

One thing for sure: Monday's decision allows New Jersey's restrictive law to stand for now and helps Christie, who's considered a contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, to avoid a shooting match with pro-gun voters in his own party.

The decision also leaves John Drake, a New Jersey retiree who bought 50 ATM machines to manage for income, with no way to defend himself. Because he had to carry thousands of dollars of cash to fill the machines, he applied for a handgun permit in 2010. New Jersey turned him down. Drake took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, demanding his Second Amendment right to "bear" arms with backing from the NRA, the attorney generals of 19 states, 26 members of Congress and the Cato Institute think tank.

John Hoffman, acting attorney general of New Jersey and a Christie appointee, defends the state's highly restrictive law, which requires that permit applicants show "the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than issuance of a permit to carry a handgun."

Hoffman cites similar laws in Maryland and New York.

Drake told a local newspaper that "it seems unreasonable to me to have to wait until you're beaten up or shot at to get a permit."

Gun advocates say, if the Constitution guarantees the right to have a gun, why do you have to show need at all? Do you have to show need to get a parade permit or practice your religion freely, rights also guaranteed by the Constitution? "If the government can force you to provide a reason to exercise your right, then it's no longer a right," warns civil rights lawyer Alan Gura.

In a sign that Second Amendment jurisprudence is in chaos, the federal appeals court that ruled against Drake said it is "unsettled" whether "the individual right to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense extends beyond the home."

Really? The word "bear" would not have been used if the right extended only to keeping a gun in your home. And the right is guaranteed within the context of a citizens militia, something you don't' find in the kitchen. Federal appeals courts in California and Illinois have ruled that the right to bear arms includes carrying them outside the home.

The federal appeals court in New Jersey that ruled against Drake said the legislature could restrict the right to carry, so long as the restrictions are rationally connected with the goal of promoting public safety. But Drake's lawyers, and several other federal appeals courts, take the opposite view, arguing that when a constitutional right is at stake, the legislature must meet a higher test than mere rationality. The legislature must show there is no other way to achieve the goal.

This case isn't about assault weapons or background checks, which are hot button issues, but it goes to the fundamental meaning of the right to firearms. In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down a Washington, D.C., local law banning handguns altogether, ruling that the Second Amendment protects the right to "possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation."

But since then, many lower federal courts have rubber-stamped restrictions on that right, leaving it in tatters. The high court's decision on Monday to duck the issue is unfortunate, but it's a godsend to Christie, who didn't need another bridge to cross just yet.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.

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