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 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774

A Hell of a World

By Roger Simon

JewishWorldReview.com | "If you're going through hell," Winston Churchill once said, "keep going."

Last week felt like hell. A Malaysian passenger jet took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine by a missile supplied by Russia to separatist rebels.

All 298 on board were killed. As I write this, 251 bodies and 86 "body fragments" have been recovered — but only if you loosely define "recovered."

"Drunken — I mean literally, drunken — separatist soldiers are piling bodies into trucks unceremoniously and disturbing the evidence," Secretary of State John Kerry said on "Fox News Sunday."

Nowhere was there more anguish and anger than in the Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens on the flight, far more than any other country.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, not given to emotional outbursts, called the behavior of the separatists at the site "utterly disgusting" and demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin intervene.

In Gaza, Israelis unleashed horrific attacks in response to missiles fired from Gaza into Israel. One problem in reaching any solution is that both Gaza and Israel have hard-line governments. In fact, hard-line governments seem to be prevailing all over the world at the moment.

Putin, a former high-ranking KGB thug and ultranationalist, must have been baffled when Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday told him to "man up."

The often shirtless, tiger-hunting, bareback-riding Putin seems to suffer from too much testosterone, not too little.

In any case, there is no reason for despair. All the forces in the world bent on chaos and destruction are up against a power they will soon have to reckon with.

That's us. Just in case you have forgotten.

As President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 2012: "America is back. ... No, we can't control every event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs — and as long as I'm president, I intend to keep it that way."

The oft-repeated notion that America is "exceptional" can be traced back to Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831. But Obama was upping the ante. We are not just exceptional; we are now indispensable when it comes to world affairs.

"Never bet against the United States of America," Obama advised the graduates of the Air Force Academy on May 23, 2012 (a group that was unlikely to do so). "And one of the reasons is that the United States has been and will always be the one indispensable nation in world affairs."

As the years passed, even with world affairs seeming to slip away from us in Syria, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Crimea and Iraq, Obama did not change his rhetoric.

To the West Point graduating class, Obama said on May 28, 2014: "In fact, by most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world. Those who argue otherwise — who suggest that America is in decline or has seen its global leadership slip away — are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics."

Which led to this patented zinger: "The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century past, and it will be true for the century to come."

And don't worry; Hillary Clinton is ready to pick up the torch. In the author's note to her recent tome, "Hard Choices," she wrote, "Everything that I have done and seen, has convinced me that America remains the 'indispensable nation.'"

So how come we don't feel it? Never mind that Gallup has Obama's approval rating in America at 41 percent, 1 point above his record low, and Putin's approval in Russia at 83 percent, tied with his all-time high.

And never mind that last September, The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Putin has eclipsed Mr. Obama as the world leader driving the agenda in the Syria crisis. ... More generally, Russia has at least for now made itself indispensable."

Not to worry. Obama can get the title back for us. Though, it won't be easy. On just three pages from The New York Times this Sunday, there were these four headlines:

"With Jet's Fall, War in Ukraine Is Felt Globally"

"Despite Israeli Push in Gaza, Hamas Fighters Slip Through Tunnels"

"5 Bombs Explode in Baghdad as Dispute Continues With Jordan"

"Attack Kills at Least 21 Egyptian Soldiers at Checkpoint in Western Desert"

Last week, it felt as if the world was going through hell. But we have no choice except to keep going.

And if the United States is truly indispensible, we ought to start acting like it.

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