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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 June 5, 2008 / 2 Sivan, 5768

Now Obama wants to be Israel's newest ‘best friend’

By David Lightman

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At AIPAC parley Dem presidential candidate says all the right things

JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT)

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama reassured the American Jewish community on Wednesday that he's a devoted friend of Israel, a view seconded enthusiastically by Hillary Clinton.

On his first full day as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Obama appeared before one of his toughest crowds, a community that's been skeptical about his intentions toward Israel.

Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama opened his remarks by noting that "I know some provocative e-mails have been circulating throughout Jewish communities across the country ... they're filled with tall tales and dire warnings about a certain candidate for president.

"And all I want to say is," he paused and smiled, "let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he sounds pretty frightening."

Don't worry, he said, because "I am among friends. Good friends."

Clinton, on the other hand, has long been a favorite of this crowd, and she assured them that they can trust her rival.

"I know Senator Obama knows what is at stake here," she said of the U.S.-Israel relationship. "I know Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel."

Mere hours after delivering the speech described herein, Obama retracted a key part. Please click HERE for details

Their appearance before AIPAC at the Washington Convention Center -- Obama spoke first, then Clinton -- was largely a polite affair, a reaffirmation by both senators that they'd do what was necessary to protect Israel's security.

Their speeches, each of which lasted about half an hour, came the day after Obama clinched the party's presidential nomination. Clinton made no mention of the race and didn't discuss her future at the conference.

Like Obama, she concentrated on promising the crowd that she was a strong backer of Israel and had long-standing ties to the Jewish community.

Both senators vowed to get tough with Iran if necessary.

"I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything," Obama said.

He drew a sharp contrast between himself and his likely general election Republican opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain spoke to this gathering Monday, and tried to paint Obama as soft on Iran because of his emphasis on diplomacy.

Dialogue with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would have little value, McCain said, "except an earful of anti-Semitic rants and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another."

Obama elaborately explained his view of diplomacy Wednesday, and charged that McCain "offers only an alternate reality, one where the war in Iraq has somehow put Iran on its heels.

"The truth is the opposite. Iran has strengthened its position. Iran is now enriching uranium ... its support for terrorism and threats toward Israel have increased."

He promised to "use all elements of American power to pressure Iran. I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

While diplomacy would be his starting point, Obama noted: "I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking. But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leader at a time and place of my choosing - if and only if it can advance the interest of the United States."

And if that diplomacy doesn't work, he said, "we will ratchet up the pressure."

After Obama's speech, two high-profile Jewish McCain supporters ripped the Illinois senator in a conference call, honing the McCain campaign theme that Obama is a smooth talker who's out of his depth on foreign policy.

"Senator Obama argued today that American foreign policy in recent years has essentially strengthened Iran ... and has made Israel less safe," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut.

"I just disagree with that. If Israel is in danger today, it's not because of American foreign policy, which has been strongly supportive of Israel in every way. It's not because of what we've done in Iraq. It's because Iran is a fanatical terrorist expansionist state and has a leader and a leadership that constantly threatens to extinguish the state of Israel."

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., called Obama's speech "nice. It had some good phrases and lines in it." But, Cantor said, "it's easy to talk about supporting Israel. It's hard to do it. ... John McCain doesn't need any on-the-job training. It's in his DNA."

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