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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 Dec 20, 2011 / 24 Kislev, 5772

That Ol' Time Religion

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama spoke at the annual meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism last week, and he gave the attendees that ol' time religion — liberalism. Not surprisingly, since Reform Judaism is, in Richard Brookhiser's timeless phrase, "the Democratic Party with holidays" — it was well-received.

While the audience in the hall purred appreciatively at the president's invocation of the usual liberal bromides, Obama's claims on the subject of his administration's support of Israel — at least to those not blinkered by partisanship — are nothing short of jaw dropping. "I am proud to say," he told the group, "that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours. None. Don't let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact."

No, it's an assertion, and it scarcely passes the laugh test.

Under his leadership, the president said, "we helped Israel develop a missile defense system that's already protecting civilians from rocket attacks." That's misleading. The U.S. has been cooperating with Israel on missile defense technology since the Reagan administration. That President Obama continued the working relationship established and nurtured under his four predecessors is not noteworthy. It would have been extremely odd (not to say impossible in light of congressional views) if he had withdrawn from the partnership. Going with the flow is fine, but it hardly qualifies as an Obama initiative.

The president lauded his administration's efforts to ensure that Israeli diplomats were "able to get out safely" when a mob attacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo. That the president made a phone call on behalf of Israel is very nice. But, really, it's the very least an ally can do, isn't it? Wouldn't the president have made such a call for anyone, even for a nation with whom we had no special bond? Is he suggesting that if Thai diplomats were menaced by a mob in a third country, he wouldn't pick up the phone? Mark this one as trivial, too.

Then came the whopper. The president claimed that the U.S. has done everything possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Preposterous. Following a protracted attempt to court the Iranian mullahs, the administration settled for weak sanctions approved by the United Nations. The Obama Treasury Department has undermined even those minimal sanctions by granting thousands of exemptions to companies doing business with Iran. And, as Jonathan Tobin reminds us the administration has vigorously opposed congressional efforts to impose serious sanctions, such as blackballing any entity that does business with Iran's central bank.

Once again, as he and his representatives have done for three years, the president gave lip service to the idea that "all options are on the table" regarding Iran's nuclear program. All empty cliches are on the table, obviously. But just a couple of weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it very clear that the U.S. has no intention of using anything other than "diplomatic" pressure to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Panetta went further and emphasized that the U.S. would be heartily displeased if Israel were to attack Iran's nuclear sites.

From the start of his presidency, Obama has attempted to distance the U.S. from Israel. It began with a unilateral demand that Israel halt all settlement activity before talks with the Palestinians could resume. It escalated with a U.N. speech in which the president drew an equivalence between the Holocaust and the statelessness of the Palestinian people. It continued with the president's enraged response to the decision by the Israeli government to build homes for Jews in the Jewish capital city. And it reached a new point of crisis when the president suggested that Israel should withdraw to the pre-1967 borders.

Under this administration, in a departure from decades of settled diplomacy, the U.S. has demanded that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. With the exception of a perfunctory condemnation of a gruesome Palestinian terror attack on a Jewish family, this administration has reserved all of its anger for Israel.

Above all, the Obama administration has failed to provide the kind of moral support that Israel needs now more than ever. Behind the scenes, military-to-military cooperation is fine. But the greatest threats to Israel are strategic (Iran's nuclear ambitions) and political. From the U.N., to an increasingly anti-Israel Europe, to the university campuses in this country, Israel's very legitimacy is under relentless attack. The U.S. has traditionally been the bulwark against such delegitimization. Under Obama, the U.S. has, in Jeane Kirkpatrick's phrase, "joined the jackals."

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