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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 Oct. 5, 2012/ 19 Tishrei, 5773

Taking the Power Punches

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When you write about war, Barbara Tuchman once told aspiring historians, write as though you don't know who won. That's hard to do. It's just as hard to write about which presidential candidate will win a tight race, or even a presidential debate. Who among the smug punditry would have predicted Mitt Romney's repeated knockdowns of Barack Obama in their first debate?

The pundit buzz had been that the re-election of the president was inevitable; it was time to uncork the Champagne. The debate proved the celebration was premature.

Some inevitable presidents have lost in the long run; some in the short run. Who was more inevitable than Hillary Clinton, who didn't make it past the nominating convention? Harry Truman is the patron saint of lagging inevitable presidents, to the historic humiliation of the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper's infamous early edition front page in 1948, "Dewey Defeats Truman," even became a postage stamp.

Still, the iron law of unintended consequences and the inevitability of unpredictable events continue to keep doubt alive. Voters who have made up minds speak with smug arrogance to anyone who disagrees. The astonishing first presidential debate does not predict the outcome of the election, but it should be a lesson in humility to the wise guys who think they know it all.

I overheard this typical and telling conversation the other day between a man and a woman, obviously friends, that grew heated over coffee in a Manhattan cafe. "So what do you think of Mitt Romney's 47 percent?" he asked with an exuberant gloat. The young woman shot back, "What do you think of the president's changing stories about what happened in Libya?" Both aimed for the obvious, and their friendly argument demonstrates how partisan gotcha games move the campaign conversation away from what was supposed to be the killer issue for November: jobs, jobs, jobs.

These two voters offer the latest snapshot of where decided voters are. But the important voters, as the campaign rattles past the first of the three debates and into the homestretch, are those who still haven't made up their minds. Their ballots will determine the winner.

But all of us are spectators watching what Samuel Popkin, author of "The Candidate," an analysis of campaign mistakes, calls "the world according to Mike Tyson." When Tyson was the heavyweight champion of the world, someone asked him what he thought about a challenger's strategy. "They all have a strategy," he said, "until they get hit." Barack Obama got hit for the first time in the first debate, and now he and his wise men are looking for a new strategy. It's how a challenger responds to the hit that makes the difference between winning and losing. That's what undecided voters — and even some of the decided voters — are now looking for.

It's that intangible, telling detail that suggests who can get up off the floor after taking a succession of power punches. Can the winded challenger stay in the fight after taking the repeated blows to the gut? It's testimony to Barack Obama's agility and rhetorical skills that his miserable record hasn't already put him on the ropes — a record of high unemployment, mismanagement of the economy and his insistence on blaming a video that almost nobody saw for the murder of an American ambassador by terrorists he wouldn't even call terrorists.

By every measurement, Americans are worse off and less secure than they were four years ago. A quarter of Americans between 25 and 55 years old are out of work. That statistic would be worse if so many workers hadn't quit looking for jobs. Joe Biden was right: The middle class has been "buried" over the past four years.

Americans are less safe in the Middle East. Speaker after speaker at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., hailed the death of Osama bin Laden as proof of the president's manly virtues, but glossed over his policies that weakened us in the eyes of the Muslims everywhere. We didn't know then what we've learned since, that an American ambassador in a hostile land repeatedly begged for more security and died when he couldn't get it. Any other candidate in Barack Obama's shoes would be looking for the smelling salts.

Jon Stewart, the television comic and a Democratic partisan, played videos of the endless contradictory explanations of what happened in Libya, and what didn't happen — changing stories by the president, his press secretary, the secretary of state, his witless ambassador to the United Nations and by Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. "Don't these guys talk to each other?" he asked. It was the question we all asked. Saddest of all was the answer. Yes, they do — and look what happened.

None of Mitt Romney's knockdown punches were knockout blows, but as any good fight manager knows, the full impact of body blows has a cumulative, delayed effect. We're moving into the most important part of the fight. But we haven't heard the bell on the last round.

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