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

Ships Passing in the Night

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It seems Fidel Castro had a deathbed conversion and now seeks to move his country toward capitalism. He told 500,000 government employees that they need to find work in the private sector. Their response: "What is a private sector?"

The economic policies of Castro and Obama are like two ships passing in the night. We are heading toward socialism and Cuba, realizing it has never worked, is moving toward capitalism.

Fidel Castro, the longest-ruling socialist dictator (if you do not count Oprah), said that he will lay off unnecessary government workers and lift some regulations on business. I presume he came to this realization after seeing the downward trajectory that just two years of socialism have set our country on, and it scared him.

In a rare interview with The Atlantic Monthly, Castro said, among other revelations, that he wished he had not been so hard on gays. I guess the difficulty of getting a stylish haircut made him realize the errors of his ways. To make it up to the gays for fifty years of persecution, Castro plans to allow the TV show Glee to air in Cuba.

This consolatory bravado comes as Cuba realizes it has until November to cut a deal with our leftist Congress to end our embargo on the island nation. When asked about this sudden change of tone from Cuba, the Hillary State Department denied being involved. It is nice bit of nostalgia to see a Clinton denying things again.

Nancy Pelosi is Castro's best shot at seeing things his way. There is even a street named after him in her San Francisco loon-fringe district. Who would better understand a thugocracy than a thugocrat like Pelosi? She was also "elected" by a small, desperate fraction of a country and allowed to run it, against the will of the majority, as her own self-aggrandizing, socialist utopia.

Like everywhere else, what matters is the economy. It turns out socialism does not produce economic growth, and government only produces more government. Castro has not been able to supply even the basic necessities of life in his country as it has grown. For example, there are about eleven million people in Cuba and only 10 million murals of Fidel Castro.

It got so bad when billionaire Fidel Castro could not provide for his country that the people took matters into their own hands. Citizens in Cuba concocted a plan to pool their money and buy a car they could all share. On ChavezList.org, they located a nice 1978 Chrysler Le Baron in Venezuela on which they have been dickering. A car they can all share will make it easier for them to attend mandatory Communist Party rallies.

On the bright side, Cuba achieved Obama's dream of socialized health care about fifty years ago, which is also the average age of its ambulance fleet.

Communism, like the Mafia and politics, is a family business. That is why Fidel Castro appointed his brother, Raul (which I think is Spanish for "Jeb"), to run the country when he dies.

Castro's mini-me, Kim Jong Il of North Korea, will also let one of his sons run the country when he dies. I knew these guys had no problem starving their countrymen in their ruthless pursuit of power, but to stoop to nepotism?

Can you imagine two families running a country for twenty years? I am glad that could not happen here.

It is funny to watch despots evolve over time. They always pretend to hate us while emulating our ways, like "Lil Kim" Jong Il, fancying Western liquors like Cognac, popping Viagra like mints, and dating women half their age. Lil' Kim is just front-row, LA Lakers season tickets away from being an aging Hollywood star.

Maybe producers in Tinsel Town could do a reality show called Cuba's Got Talent, but without running water, cars and food. Better yet, they could have Survivor-Cuba. Eleven million citizens try to survive the living immunity challenge each week in order to make it to the next week. Then there is the one where the members of the tribe make a boat out of Styrofoam ice chests and try to make it to the U.S. Unlike the American version of Survivor, contestants who get off the island are considered the winners.



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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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