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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. 5, 2012 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Pragmatism is a Jewish value . . . Or, Why Barack Obama is a Bad Bet

By Heather Robinson



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Recently, several Jewish-Americans who know I write about politics have confided that they are either planning to vote for Mitt Romney, or they are profoundly undecided about the Presidential election. In a few cases, they shared that they are lifelong Democratic voters, and spoke in hushed tones about their indecision. As one woman told me, "I will absolutely not vote for Obama." But she "can't bring [her]self to vote for Mitt Romney either."

Undecided Jewish-American voters, particularly those who prioritize Israel's security, should realize that, based on close examination of Obama's record, their feelings of reluctance to vote for him are rational. And they should not hesitate to vote for Mitt Romney. In a free country with competing political parties, voters have choices, and there is no reason one party should have a monopoly on any bloc of voters. Moreover, Judaism as a religion values adherence to Jewish law, but not to one particular political party.

The President's record on Israel is not without its positive points. His administration has allocated generously to Israel's defense budget, including the Iron Dome missile defense system. But on the number one threat to Israel's security — Iran — this administration has failed to show unity with the Israeli government at a uniquely precarious time.

The "daylight," to use the President's own term, between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ominous because, as Winston Churchill noted in the days preceding World War II, war can be prevented when there is unity among peaceful nations in stopping belligerent ones before the latter get too much power.

By declining to meet with Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister came before the United Nations to plead for international solidarity against Iran's nuclear ambitions, President Obama showed less than consistent and clear alliance with Israel.

One can search for excuses or craft theories about what might have gone on behind the scenes. But the bottom line is that, with the entire world watching, President Obama chose to campaign on television talk shows rather than to show solidarity with Israel's prime minister in the face of the Iranian threat.

Nor was his snub of Netanyahu Obama's only signal that he can't be counted on to support Israel's leadership in dealing with Iran if doing so becomes inconvenient or conflicts with other priorities. While the President has spoken eloquently about the U.S./Israel alliance and, in the last Presidential debate, about visiting Yad Vashem, he has signaled via his proxies that Israel cannot count on his support if its leadership determines a strike on Iran's nuclear program is necessary and Obama does not deem it so.

When asked, for instance, if the Obama administration would lay out "red lines" for Iran or explicitly state the consequences for failing to halt its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "We're not setting deadlines." And recently, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told reporters that he does not want to be "complicit" if Israel decides to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

Moreover, although Obama now takes credit for passing tough sanctions against Iran's government, he watered down and delayed passage of Congress's earlier, tougher version of sanctions so significantly that even some prominent Democrats, such as Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), expressed outrage.

Nor has this President prioritized Israel's security when doing so might have a political cost to him. In what would seem an attempt to appease the Arab world and hard left wing of his party, Obama called for Israel, as a precondition to talks with the Palestinians, to agree to negotiations "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps" — which Netanyahu pointed out would render Israel "indefensible."

In the last Presidential debate, Obama mentioned Israel 17 times in a clear attempt to paint himself as Israel's biggest booster. But in reality, his reluctance to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel has been the clear pattern. As Mitt Romney pointed out during the debate, in April 2010, more than three quarters of the U.S. Senate, including 38 Democrats, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implicitly criticizing Obama for his confrontational stance toward Israel. Why, if relations between Obama and Netanyahu were so solid, would 38 Democratic leaders implore Hillary Clinton to "reaffirm the unbreakable bonds that tie the United States and Israel together and to diligently work to defuse current tensions"?

Sixty-nine years ago, in October 1943, a group of nearly 500 Orthodox rabbis marched to the White House pleading for President Roosevelt to take a more active approach to attempting rescue of Europe's Jews. Shortly before the rabbis reached the White House, FDR declined to meet with them, leaving the building through a rear exit.

At the time, editors of the Jewish Daily Forward editorialized, "Would a similar delegation of 500 Catholic priests have been thus treated?"

Roosevelt may have been a good man in some regards, but the fate of world Jewry was nowhere near the top of his priority list, which emerged clearly in May 1939, with his turning away from America's shores the ship St. Louis carrying nearly 1,000 Jews seeking refuge from Hitler's Europe.

Despite massive Jewish support for him in 2008, Obama, like Roosevelt, has failed to demonstrate consistent or courageous inclination to prioritize the fate of Jewish people in precarious times. With the Holocaust a mere 70 years behind us, American Jews should realize that although they may value their liberalism, pragmatism is also a Jewish value. With Israel on the brink of a potential nuclear Holocaust if no one stops Iran, American Jewish voters would be wise, and ethical, to prioritize the security of the U.S. and Israel ahead of domestic concerns which, while certainly important, will remain in play in 2016.

Voting for Mitt Romney is something American Jews can do that might well protect the future existence of Israel and the security of Jewish people worldwide.

Let's do what we can.

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JWR contributor Heather Robinson is a New York City-based independent journalist. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Daily News, Heeb magazine, and other publications. Comment by clicking here.


© 2012, Heather Robinson

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