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 14, 2014 / 14 Iyar, 5774

Gore: 'Our Democracy Has Been Hacked'

By Roger Simon

JewishWorldReview.com | CHICAGO — You think Al Gore is upset with global warming? You ought to hear him on American politics.

"The American political system is an utter catastrophe," he said. "Our democracy has been hacked. The country is utterly and completely paralyzed, hogtied — and on a measure that will mean countless deaths in the future."

"Why?" Gore asked. "The influence of money. The average member of the House and Senate has to spend five hours per day begging rich people for money. Begging rich interests for money!"

And those rich people and rich interests don't give you money with no strings attached. No way. In return for their money, they want votes that will benefit them. "The piper is paid," Gore said.

Gore served eight years in the House, eight years in the Senate and eight years as vice president under Bill Clinton. When Gore ran for president in 2000, he beat George W. Bush by 543,895 popular votes, but the Supreme Court gave the presidency to Bush by a 5-4 vote that some (including me) considered nakedly political.

By the end of his 2000 presidential campaign, Gore had become an accomplished speaker, and his old joke no longer seemed to apply: "Al Gore is so boring his Secret Service code name is Al Gore," he used to say to reliable laughter. (It was actually "Sundance.")

Gore was talked about as a potential presidential candidate for both 2004 and 2008, but the release of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2006 and his winning (along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to "disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change" had made him an environmental rock star.

He spoke Monday at the Chicago Theological Seminary — a certified environmentally friendly building — to a large, mostly student audience in an event sponsored by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics (where I am a fellow for the next three weeks until returning to Washington).

Gore's hair is grayer and brushed back, and his face is a little fleshier than it was when he was at his "fighting weight" in 2000. But he has also developed a passionate "country" speaking style — think Elmer Gantry without the duplicity — that is compelling.

"One reason our beloved United States of America has not yet grabbed hold of this crisis is that our politics are very badly broken," Gore said. "There is no question we have seen the degrading of our country. The truth doesn't matter the way it should."

The reason, he said, is that "large carbon polluters have a business plan that is threatened by anyone saying, 'You are using the atmosphere as an open sewer, and, well, that has got to stop.'"

But it won't stop, Gore said, unless people stop the polluters, and that is not going to be easy. Though some Republicans used to support anti-pollution measures, there is now "an enforced orthodoxy in the Republican Party" to oppose such measures, he claimed.

"It's not complicated why they have been cowed," Gore said. "They will face primary opponents financed by the Koch brothers and others even if they breathe the simplest truth about climate change."

He went on: "Are there ways to compromise? Of course. But you can't compromise a core principle like the future of civilization."

But Gore ended on a hopeful note — or at least a semi-hopeful note. "When the future is at risk, our politics must come to the rescue," he told the students. "I want to recruit you! Just don't listen and process.

"Do we have to do this? Yeah. Yeah, we do. The second question is, Can we do this? Well, of course."

Gore said that there are two possible questions that future generations can ask but that only one of them actually will be asked.

"If what scientists have warned us about is not interrupted — storms, droughts, hurricanes, the loss of hope — (future generations) will be justified in asking: 'What were you thinking? Were you just watching "Dancing With the Stars"?'" Gore said.

"But if you find yourself in the midst of renewal and feel your children's lives will be better still, the young will ask, 'How did you find the courage to do what you did?'"

Gore got an ovation in favor of courage.

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