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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov. 10, 2008 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

The GOP has lost its way: It's time for Republicans to do some soul-searching

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Bush has described the election of his successor as a "triumph of the American story," the fulfillment of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream for America. Mr. Bush is right. Conservatives otherwise depressed about the outcome Tuesday should be pleased with this.


Barack Obama's victory was decisive. He won by a landslide in the Electoral College, and received a higher percentage of the popular vote (53 percent) than any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.


As the president-elect was giving his gracious victory speech, I couldn't help thinking about the 1967 movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" in which an impeccably liberal San Francisco couple is discomfited when their daughter brings home her fiance, a handsome, well-mannered, internationally recognized doctor, who is black. We've come a long way since then.


There is no such thing as a good loss. But if Republicans were destined to lose, the size of the Obama victory is less harmful than a closer outcome might have been.


If the election had been a nail-biter like 2000 was, Republicans could point to a dozen things Sen. John McCain could have done differently that might have produced a different result.


I give the McCain campaign a C- at best. It often seemed a pudding without a theme. On the paramount issue, Mr. McCain didn't have a message that resonated until Joe the Plumber found one for him. And the way the McCain campaign mishandled its prize asset — Gov. Sarah Palin — was appalling.


But the size of Mr. Obama's margin in the Electoral College suggests that even if Mr. McCain had run a perfect campaign, he still would have lost. When you add together the stock market meltdown, the toxic public-opinion ratings of Mr. Bush, Mr. Obama's huge financial advantage and the blatant media cheerleading for him, the wonder is that the popular vote was as close as it was.


There apparently was more fraud in this election than in any other in the recent past. But because Mr. Obama's margins in key states were large, the votes of the ineligible and the dead didn't affect the outcome. Republicans weren't robbed. They were beaten, fair and square.


Because Republicans cannot reasonably blame defeat on tactical mistakes by the McCain campaign or on cheating by the other guys, they'll have to do the soul-searching without which they cannot hope to return to power. And they need to do this without finger-pointing and name-calling.


I believe Republicans lost their way when they got too comfortable with earmarks and the ways of Washington. They can find their bearings only with a return to fundamental conservative principles.


But there are among conservatives, as among liberals, those who believe in addition by subtraction. They want to purge all who do not share their views. Despite Mr. Obama's victory, I think America remains a center-right country. But the right cannot prevail if it alienates the center.


The president-elect seems to think we're a center-right country, too. In his victory speech, with a humility remarkable both for him and for the occasion, he reached out to those who had opposed him.


Barack Obama remains an enigma. Is he the fairly moderate, conciliatory guy he sounded like Tuesday night? Or is he the very left-wing guy he was before the campaign began?


I hope he's the former, but fear he's the latter. We'll find out soon enough.


I sincerely hope Barack Obama will be a successful president, even though this could mean a long time in the wilderness for Republicans, because country is more important than ideology or party.


The first step on the road out of the wilderness is for conservatives to be as civil and gracious in defeat as Mr. Obama was in victory. He's our president, too, and a right-wing version of Bush Derangement Syndrome — the affliction of liberals who hated Mr. Bush so much they lost their senses — is a sure ticket to permanent minority status.


I suspect there will be many policies in an Obama administration that I'll oppose. But I'll do so civilly. In the meantime, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

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