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 July 12, 2011/ 10 Tamuz, 5771

Fidel: No, Virginia

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Cuba's "Ministry of Letters to Fidel" is running six months behind, as usual. And so it is that retired communist dictator Fidel Castro just lately received -- and replied to -- a letter sent to him last Christmas.

Dear Fidel, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there IS a Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Communist Party paper Granma, it's so." Please tell me the truth, former El Presidente. Is there a Santa Claus?

-- Virginia O'Hanlon

Dear Virginia, your little friends are wrong. Their tiny little minds prevent them from seeing the real truth -- the truth that lives only in Cuba.

In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him. Only Fidel and the 15 members of the Cuban Politburo can comprehend the mysteries of the universe.

No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a fiction exploited by Yankee capitalist pigs to extend corporate greed and materialism. In America, Virginia, private corporations -- not a benevolent dictator, such as Fidel -- own the means of production and enslave the multitudes into lives of despair.

Santa Claus does not exist in America or anywhere, Virginia, just as certainly as love and generosity and devotion do not exist. For if they did exist -- if indeed man was not at his core stupid and evil -- then there would be no need for government. There would be no need for smart men like Fidel to enforce, under the threat of torture, jail and death, the basic goodness that abounds only in Cuba.

Alas! How dreary would the advanced communist civilization of Cuba be if our people believed in Santa Claus! If Fidel allowed Santa to exist, where would the revolution be? A foolhardy childhood faith would eventually delude all Cubans. They would begin to squander their time not on advancing the revolution, but on poetry and romance and other self-indulgent pursuits that would ultimately make our existence here intolerable.

Believe in Santa Claus, Virginia? You might as well believe in fairies. You might as well get your papa and your uncles to watch inside all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch this Santa Claus, and when, after this great effort, you do not see Santa Claus coming down, then what will that prove?

It will prove that Fidel is right yet again.

There is no Santa Claus, Virginia. The most real things in the world are only those things that Fidel sees. Did Fidel ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not. Fidel only sees the good life the revolution has brought to Cuba -- free health care for all, free housing and the best fleet of '58 Studebakers in all of Latin America.

Thank God! Santa Claus has never lived and never will. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will still not exist, and yet, in evil capitalistic countries like America, his myth will continue to deceive, so that only rich corporations get richer as the poor grow poorer.

Alas! There is no Santa Claus, Virginia. There is no Christmas. Goodwill and goodness are possible only in Cuba thanks to the Politburo's strict rules that are faithfully enforced by the brothers and sisters of the revolution -- or else!

Now that I have answered your question, Virginia, Fidel has a question for you: What are the names and addresses of these little friends who have been telling you lies about this Santa Claus?

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