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December 2, 2014

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 Sept. 28, 2012/ 12 Tishrei, 5773

Bumps (and Potholes) in the Road

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This is the week of Yom Kippur, when Jews reflect on the year just past and look forward to the new one, in hopes of being entered in the Book of Life. The shofar, or ram's horn, is a plaintive cry from the heart, marking natural events of birth, death and renewal. The Jewish new year is a holiday celebrated with solemnity, of repentance for the past and a step into the future and its fresh possibilities.

The cry of the shofar is often described as a wake-up call to remind us that we bear responsibility for what we do and for what we do not do. How we react to adversity and threats, personally and collectively, is important. In my children's book of famous Jews from Moses to Einstein, the emphasis is on the way triumph can be seized from difficulties. The Jews were enslaved in Egypt before they were freed to take that long journey through the desert to the Promised Land, and Moses, who led them there, was not allowed by the Almighty to enter. That was left to others.

The Promised Land is the same land that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scorned this week as having "no roots" in the Middle East. At last, Israel has arrived at a "dead end," he told the United Nations, and it will be "eliminated" soon. Once more, Israel must struggle for survival, this time as Iran accelerates its attempt to make the nuclear weapon that could indeed "eliminate" the Jews (and everyone else) in Israel.

President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly that Israel and Palestine must coexist peacefully and promised that "America will walk alongside all who are prepared to make that journey."

Ay, there's the rub. Israel lies surrounded by enemies who are prepared neither to make that journey nor to abandon development of the nuclear weapon that will make the elimination of Israel a reality. Iran scoffs at the sanctions that Obama regards as his super-weapon and works on its super-rockets, which put all of Israel within range.

"Iran's rate of production of enriched uranium has nearly tripled since Obama took office," Joby Warrick reports in The Washington Post, "while hopes that the president can deliver a solution to the crisis have faded, even among his former admirers in Iran."

Speakers at the Democratic National Convention dwelled on the ways in which Obama had made the nation safer through his foreign policy efforts in the Middle East, but events of the past fortnight expose a weakness hidden behind empty rhetoric. He told the United Nations that in the wake of the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya, "we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis." He should listen to his teleprompter. He continues to heap blame on "the crude and disgusting anti-Muslim" video, which almost nobody has actually seen, while speaking softly of the terrorism of radical Islamists.

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, correctly called the president's U.N. speech a "warm, fuzzy rhetorical blanket." The president sent his secretary of state to do the heavy lifting with world leaders while he basked in the love of the sorority of ladies on "The View," joking about being their token "eye candy."

Amid the banter of the ladies, he conceded that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi "wasn't just a mob attack"; the president and his surrogates insisted for days afterward that it was. There was a determined reluctance to call it what it was, assassinations by terrorists armed with heavy weapons.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan pointed out the danger in the president's warm, fuzzy rhetorical blanket when he campaigned with Mitt Romney this week in Ohio. "It projects weakness," he said. When the president eviscerates the defense budget and equivocates over whom to blame for the attacks against us, "our enemies have more incentive to attack us, and our allies are less willing to trust us."

Reliance on sanctions that haven't worked — while refusing to draw the bright red line that, if crossed, would invite the retaliation of American might — is a clear signal to Iran that it can keep stockpiling enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb. The president's prose is pretty enough, but after four years of diplomatic dithering and delay, what he does is so loud no one can hear what he says.

"Make no mistake," he told the U.N.; "a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations and the stability of the global economy." He talks the talk but won't walk the walk. The events of the past two weeks, which should alarm everybody, are mere "bumps in the road" to him. With bumps like those, a blast from the shofar shouldn't be necessary to get a president's attention.

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