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 Nov. 12, 2013/ 9 Kislev, 5774

A clear path to Republican victories in 2014 and beyond

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The election results this week were a mild net plus for conservatives -- if the gains aren't frittered away by conservatives who'd rather whine than win.

The most obvious reason for the surprisingly narrow defeat of Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race was the presence of an ersatz Libertarian candidate -- heavily bankrolled by a wealthy Obama supporter -- who took 6.52 percent of the vote, permitting Democrat Terry McAuliffe to eke out a 47.74 percent to 45.25 percent win.

Mr. McAuliffe's campaign spent nearly twice as much as did Mr. Cuccinelli's.

The Republican National Committee, which gave $9 million to Gov. Bob McDonnell when he ran four years before, contributed just $3 million to Mr. Cuccinelli, prompting charges from the conspiratorally minded the GOP establishment wanted him to lose.

The Republican Governors Association, the principal "establishment" source of funding for gubernatorial races, gave $8.5 million to Mr. Cuccinelli, much more than the Democratic Governors Association gave to Mr. McAuliffe.

Tea Party groups making this charge didn't contribute anything to Mr. Cuccinelli, who raised $1 million less from Virginians than Gov. McDonnell had.

Mr. Cuccinelli's fund-raising woes were intensified because until the final week, polls indicated Mr. McAuliffe would win in a landslide. People tend not to open their wallets for those they think are sure losers.

Mr. McAuliffe's poll numbers were fattened by a backlash against Republicans from the government "shut-down." Government employees were about the only people to suffer from it, but half a million of them live in northern Virginia.

The Democrat's mammoth fund-raising advantage permitted him to "define" Mr. Cuccinelli. But Mr. Cuccinelli himself contributed much to the negative impression so many Virginians had of him. By all accounts, he ran a poor campaign, and his Get Out The Vote operation was even more anemic than Mitt Romney's had been. On Election Day, 37 percent of voters were Democrats, just 32 percent were Republicans.

Through no fault of his own, Mr. Cuccinelli also suffered from a scandal enveloping Gov. McDonnell, which tarnished the Republican brand.

Add to that demographic changes which are converting the Old Dominion from a purple to a light blue state, and it isn't hard to figure out why Mr. Cuccinelli lost. It's harder to explain why he nearly won.

That almost certainly is blowback from the botched rollout of Obamacare, which bodes well for GOP prospects next year -- if Republicans can refrain from forming a circular firing squad yet again.

Meanwhile, in deep blue New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie was re-elected in a landslide. After his (literal and figurative) embrace of President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie became a controversial figure among conservatives. But those who call him "RINO" (Republican in Name Only) or "squish" prefer invective to facts.

Gov. Christie has governed effectively as a fiscal conservative, winning major budget cuts and facing down public employee unions despite large Democrat majorities in the legislature. His positions on abortion and same sex marriage are essentially the same as Mr. Cuccinelli's. What was different, noted Michael Barone, was their tone. That was important. Mr. Cuccinelli lost among single women by 42 percentage points. Gov. Christie -- who was running against a woman -- narrowly won in that demographic.

This doesn't mean conservatives should embrace Gov. Christie as their presidential candidate in 2016. But they should pay attention to why he was so successful.

The most hopeful election news came from Colorado, where an education "reform" initiative backed by Democrats and teacher unions was crushed, 34 percent to 66 percent, even though opponents were outspent, $10 million to $40,000.

Conservatives tend to do better on issue referenda, because the principal Democrat strategy -- aided and abetted by their friends in the news media -- is to use their fund-raising advantage to "define" (demonize) GOP candidates, as they did with Mitt Romney last year and Ken Cuccinelli this year.

This week's elections illuminate a clear path to Republican victories in 2014 and beyond. Focus on issues. Express conservative positions in moderate tones. Respond immediately to efforts by Democrats and the news media to "define" GOP candidates.

Don't screw up GOTV, as Mr. Romney and Mr. Cuccinelli did.

Above all, remember it's Democrats -- not other Republicans -- who are the enemy.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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