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 Sept. 22, 2009/ 4 Tishrei 5770

Speaking of lying

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With all the accusations about lying of late, I thought it a good idea to see what some great minds had to say on the subject.

These quotes shed some interesting light:

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on." — Winston Churchill

"An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper." — Kahlil Gibran

"What I tell you three times is true." — Lewis Carroll

For several weeks, President Obama has been relating whoppers to push his health-care agenda along — does anyone believe the government will make costs go down? — but the truth is finally getting its pants on.

Sure, opponents of Obama's vision have exaggerated some of its various shortcomings, but folks worry there's truth in the exaggerations. There may not be death panels, but government-run systems ration care.

Nonetheless, Obama keeps relating his whoppers, hoping they'll become true.

Which brings us to the origin of such whoppers:

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true." — Demosthenes

"No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." — H.L. Mencken

Obama said on video a few years back that a government insurance option was the best way to attain a single-payer government system, a system he prefers.

Many folks worry that that is what he is up to now — that he hopes to grease the skids to enable an eventual government takeover.

They worry because his speeches drip with indignation. They worry that he believes massive government intrusion is the only way to insure the uninsured -- that he believes he is on a moral crusade.

They know that if they were in his shoes — trying to sell something most Americans don't want — they'd probably be slinging the same whoppers.

And folks are becoming wary of Obama's justifications, as these quotes help illustrate:

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics." — Benjamin Disraeli

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election." — Otto von Bismarck

"Beware of the half truth. You could end up holding the wrong half." — author unknown

After years of broken promises, is there anyone who believes the government will pay for a new program with cost savings from an existing one?

We know Obama's yarn-spinning has been in high gear. If his monstrosity of a government "solution" were to go through, we know many of us would end up holding the wrong half.

Our costs would certainly go up. The quality of our care would certainly go down.

The truth is that the government already accounts for half of the $2 trillion America spends annually on health care. Excessive government intrusion is the cause of much of our current mess.

More of the same is not "meaningful reform."

Obama says his opponents offer no ideas, but that is baloney. There are numerous ideas and innovations that can unshackle the mess our health-care system has become.

There are simple ways to unleash individual choice and true competition. Why can't I buy a policy from insurance carriers in other states?

There are good ideas to rein in out-of-control lawsuits. Why does a surgeon have to pay several hundred thousand dollars a year for malpractice coverage?

There are several creative, cost-effective ways to extend portability, cover folks with pre-existing conditions and cover the uninsured that don't require excessive government meddling.

We live in the era of Google — an era of massive gains in creativity, efficiency and productivity — and most folks know there are better ways to go than the tired old government "solutions" Obama is prescribing.

This is why we're fired up, Mr. President. Our car needs a new muffler and you want to replace the motor — with one that doesn't run nearly as well.

It is not ignorance or racism or even politics that motivates most of us. To borrow from Harry Truman, we're not trying to give you hell.

We're just screaming our concerns and you think it is hell.

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