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 Oct. 1, 2013/ 27 Tishrei, 5774

Study shows where GOP has BIG edge

By Laura Ingraham

JewishWorldReview.com | A fascinating new study shows that after 5 years of failed Obama economic policies, the voters in one key group are (finally) turning away from the Democrats. How should the GOP capitalize on this heartening trend?

The conventional wisdom is that a shutdown will hurt the GOP among independents. I question that assumption for this reason: most "independent-minded" people understand that Obamacare is a wrecking ball to the economy and see the inherent unfairness in system that gives big biz delays and subsidies while the working class is left to carry the bag (again). Certainly the media obviously prefer the spin of the heartless, fractious GOP shutting the government down.

But if you call yourself an "Independent," do you really get your cues from the New York Times or MSNBC?

I don't think so.

If you have rejected either the "R" or "D" label, most likely are aware that it is Harry Reid and Barack Obama who refuse to sit down with House Speaker John Boehner. Independents also know that on issue after issue the "Establishment" has flunked a basic competency test.

(See, e.g., border enforcement, Iraq & Afghanistan, NAFTA, the 2008 financial crisis, the anemic recovery, and our massive trade deficit with China. Oh, and how could I forget [drumroll please]...the $16.8 trillion national debt anvil tied to our nation's torso, that will slowly but surely drag us under.)

Republicans' translating support among independents to victory in 2014 and 2016 is, of course, not a foregone conclusion. (Just ask Mitt Romney.) They must be show courage, not arrogance, and put forward a credible, compelling series of proposals that more Americans understand will help improve the lives of the middle class. (What the elites from both parties have failed miserably to do for more than a decade.) Chris Cillizza breaks it down in the Washington Post:

On the question of congressional preference — Which political party would you prefer controlled Congress? — independent voters in 2013 lean more heavily toward the GOP than they did in 2010, when Republicans picked up 63 seats to retake control of the House. In 2010, 40 percent of independents said they wanted a GOP-controlled Congress, while 26 percent said they wanted a Democratic-led one. In an NBC-WSJ survey from July to September of this year, 43 percent of independents said they wanted GOP control, while 25 percent preferred a Democratic House majority. (NBC-WSJ began asking the congressional-preference question for this year in July, hence the lack of a year's worth of data.) By contrast, in 2012, when Democrats picked up eight House seats, independents were split — 35 percent Democrats, 34 percent GOP — when it came to which party they wanted to control Congress.

(Worth noting: Roberts's analysis is based on a single question — congressional preference — over time. Although it is considered a strong, broad gauge, it should not be taken as the end all, be all of data points.)

The reason for the GOP tilt of independents? Roberts thinks it has much to do with President Obama's faltering numbers among that group. In the third quarter of this year — July to September — 50 percent of independents surveyed by NBC-WSJ had a negative image of Obama, while 32 percent had a positive image. Six in 10 disapproved of the job he was doing overall; in particular, 63 percent disapproved of his handling of the economy. Throw in the fact that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of independents surveyed in the third quarter of 2013 think the country is on the wrong track and it becomes clear why independents are aligning with Republicans.

Are these just Republicans who are disgusted with the state of the party and are temporarily identifying themselves as independents? (Remember that Mitt Romney actually won independents by five points over Obama in 2012 but still lost the election convincingly.) No, said Roberts, who analyzed the demographics among independents across 2010, 2012 and 2013 and found remarkable similarities in the group's makeup. In 2010, a great year for Republicans, 58 percent of independents were men. Two years later, a good year for Democrats, 55 percent of independents were men. In 2013, 56 percent of them are men. The story is the same across age, ideology and geographic region. Those identifying as independents in 2010 and 2012 look a lot like people who call themselves independents today.

Viewed broadly, the data on independents culled by Roberts make one thing clear: Republicans are well positioned among electorally critical independent voters heading into the 2014 election if — and this is a major if — the party can keep the focus on Obama and off its internal rifts, which have been on full display over the past week. Independent voters want to vote for Republicans — if only the GOP could get out of its own way.

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