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 December 20, 2013/ 17 Teves, 5774

Flush 2013 Down the Pipe

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a few days it will be Goodbye 2013. Another year has come and gone and I'm still here. You're still here too, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this article, would you? This week we're going to discuss New Year's resolutions, why we make them, why we don't keep them, and why we bother with the whole business every stupid year. Actually I would rather discuss something else entirely, like why it never rains in Southern California during the day, only at night, or why pineapple upside-down cakes don't fall out of the pan when they're being cooked, but since this is New Year's I'm sort of obligated to write about New Year's in one way or another, usually another.

It might interest you to know (or maybe not) that many people make New Year's resolutions with absolutely no intention of keeping them; it's called the Obama factor. Then there are those with the sincere intention of keeping their resolutions who don't keep them either. The difference between these two groups is that the first group lives guilt free all year long, while the second group goes around for the next 12 months with heaviness in the heart, a lump in their stomach, and worry on their minds. Guilt can be debilitating. As a matter of fact, a good resolution might be to resolve to do away with your guilty conscience. And the best way to do that would be to resolve to make no New Year's resolutions in the first place, or in the second place either.

According to the book, "The Most Popular Resolutions Ever Made, as if Anybody Really Gives a Darn" the favorite ones include: Losing weight, Quitting smoking, Exercising more, Spending more time with family, Eating better, Saving money, and Beating the crap out of Justin Beeber. The last one being the easiest to keep, of course. The trick being to get close enough to get your hands on him before his bodyguards beat the crap out of YOU.

Here's a question, if someone makes a promise (or resolution) to do something that he or she never intended to keep, does that qualify as: A. a failed resolution, B. a broken promise, C. a bald-faced lie, or D. all of the above. Let's take the following as an example: "If you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." That failed promise (or resolution) by Barack Obama qualifies as one of the biggest failed promises made by an American president in history, right along with George H.W. Bush's "read my lips, no new taxes."

But here's the difference. It's likely Bush had every intention of keeping his promise when he said those words. Circumstances and politics probably swayed him to compromise his pledge to the people. Even so, he should have stuck to his guns and not raised taxes, or if he absolutely had to raise taxes, then he should have gone before the people and made his case. But he didn't, and for that history will remember him as a president who went back on his word.

In the case of Obama, however, I find it hard to believe that the man didn't know all along he was lying to the American people. This wasn't one single statement made off the cuff, that pledge was said over and over again in speech after speech for at least 3 or 4 years. That statement was his main argument in order to sell his socialized medicine scheme to America. No, the guy knew he was lying, he had to know.

But why didn't he realize that at some point in the future it would all come out? If you're the smartest guy in the room, how do you not know that? Chalk it up to believing in his own myth and godly infallibility maybe. After all, he was sold initially as the Second Coming, maybe he actually believes it himself. The magic of narcissistic super ego trumps truth and everything else. Or maybe the thought was, "once it's passed, who cares? It's settled law." Or maybe lying just comes easy for a man who has been lying about lots of things for a long time now.

So while Bush's "Read my lips…" will go down in the history books as a stupid broken promise, Obama's "If you like your doctor and your insurance you can keep them," will go down as much worse. It will be known as the biggest lie ever told to the American people by a sitting president. That lie even beats Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski." Clinton's lie was about denying sex in the Oval Office, Obama's lie will quite literally impact the life and death of all Americans from now on.

So if you break your New Year's resolutions in the coming year, try not to feel too guilty about it for too long. Remember, Obama has broken a much bigger promise and it appears he hasn't experienced a minute of guilt over it.

Besides, there are worse things than breaking your New Year's resolutions, you might break your leg, and then you'll have to deal with Obamacare. And if you are one of the ones who voted for that guy, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND FEEL GUILTY.

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