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. 11, 2013/ 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

The Un-President

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A million years ago there was a 7Up advertising campaign which defined the soft drink as "The Un-Cola" suggesting that 7Up was significantly different from colas. Barak Obama has shown himself in the 5 years of his presidency to be the "un-president." Up until now, all presidents of the United States have demonstrated leadership to one degree or another, Obama has NEVER led. In fact he himself once coined his approach as "leading from behind." Leading from behind is an oxymoron, like saying "the same difference" or "loud silence."

Obama has attempted to keep himself as far out of the loop of responsibility as possible. Unlike President Truman, the buck never stops with Obama; it's always with someone else. Whether it's the IRS targeting conservatives scandal, the killing of our ambassador in Benghazi, the AP phone records scandal, the ATF Fast and Furious scheme, or government seizure of citizens e-mails and phone records, the always says the same thing, "I don't know anything about this, but I will get to the bottom of it." He never does. He never knows from nothing and he never takes responsibility for anything that his administration does.

He claimed that the sequester was not his idea, although he was the one who first suggested it. Regarding the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis, he refuses to negotiate with Republicans in Congress and claims it is they who refuse to sit down and talk. "The way to resolve this is to sit down and have a conversation to resolve our differences," House Speaker John Boehner said after meeting with his party's caucus. Obama called the speaker less than an hour later to "reiterate that he won't negotiate on a government-funding bill or debt-limit increase," said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman.

Obama claimed in a news conference regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons last month, "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line." Yet in his very own words spoken to reporters on August of 2012 he said, "We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation." This lie was pointed out in The Washington Post, usually a pro Obama newspaper.

He ultimately backed down from his red line tough guy rhetoric when it became obvious that he either couldn't or wouldn't make a case to the American people for going to war with Syria. Again, a lack of leadership and his unwillingness to take responsibility for his own actions. Obama always seems to be looking for the easy out of any situation and decision.

An interesting comparison to George W. Bush was made recently in an article by foreign affairs analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, Niles Gardiner. He wrote, "George W. Bush was a conviction president on foreign policy matters, driven by a clear sense of the national interest. President Bush emphatically made his case to the American people and to the world, explaining why he believed the use of force was necessary, and dozens of countries decided to follow him.

"In the case of Barack Obama, whose foreign policy has been weak-kneed, confused and strategically incoherent, the president hasn't effectively made the case for military intervention in Syria, and has made no serious effort to cultivate support both at home and abroad. President Bush may not have been greatly loved on the world stage, but he was respected by America's allies, and feared by his enemies. In marked contrast, Obama hasn't generated a lot of respect abroad, and he certainly isn't feared."

So why is it that Barak Obama is not a leader? Maybe it's because he wasn't trained to be. He never studied business or learned leadership abilities, he studied law but with an eye to social justice and community organizing. He studied Saul Alinsky"s Rules for Radicals, the textbook on community organizing in which Alinsky, an anti-establishment leftist, urged radicals to make common cause with anyone to further their ends. Obama was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed Communist and political activist. In short, Obama learned Marxist idealism and theory not pragmatism and how to deal with the real world as most presidents need to do.

Thanks to Obama we are a weaker nation than we were 5 years ago. Our national debt is far worse, our prestige on the world's stage has eroded, too many people aren't working, we have many more people dependent on government welfare and food stamps than ever before, our immigration laws have pretty much been decimated, and our freedoms have been lessened. ObamaCare is a big step toward complete government control over the citizens.

But if there's one thing Obama has demonstrated, it is that you don't have to have leadership ability to change things drastically. He has. As he promised in his campaign speech, he has "fundamentally transformed the United States of America." And that too makes him a president like none other that has served before him.

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