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 Feb 1, 2012/ 8 Shevat, 5772

The next war

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It happens every between-the-wars period. It happened in the 1920s and '30s, then in the post-war 1940s. ... Now it's happening again in the 2010s. War-weariness sets in. A new chorus of isolationist voices arises. America cuts back on its defenses. Which explains why these are between-the-wars periods. American weakness invites the next war. The way appeasement invites aggression.

We never seem to learn. We just repeat the same dismal pattern: first retreat, then alarm when we're caught by surprise, followed by a massive reaction. George F. Kennan once compared American foreign policy to a prehistoric dinosaur with a huge body and a tiny brain. It takes us the longest time to sense that we're under attack, but when we finally do, we thrash about wildly, destroying everything in sight.

We yearn for an America that never was, one uninvolved with the rest of the world. The dream never dies. It is reborn after every war. Now it's Ron Paul's turn to revive it.

Dr. Paul has a simple prescription to offer: The way to deal with a dangerous world is to retreat from it, and take refuge in Fortress America. His campaign slogan might as well be Detente, not Defense!

If we'll just smile at our enemies, offer an outstretched hand in peace-and-friendship (Mir y Druzhba, as the Soviets and their friends used to say), all will be well. Our enemies will join us in a round of Kumbaya around the campfire, and there'll be no need to maintain this huge defense establishment. Think of the money we'll save!

The end of the dream can come abruptly. As on December 7, 1941. Or on June 25, 1950, when the Korean War was suddenly upon us. Or in our time, September 11, 2001.

For the moment, this administration dreams on. Its secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, has just proposed slashing troop levels, closing bases, concentrating on weapons that can be fired from afar, and retrenchment in general.

Want peace and security? Show our enemies they have nothing to fear from us. Reach out to the forces of tyranny in the world. If that doesn't work, and it hasn't under this administration, why, cutting our defense budget surely will.

The best one-line summary and diagnosis of this "strategy" may be found in an old movie called "The Bridge on the River Kwai" :

"Madness ... madness!"

Unlike isolationists past and now present again, some of our senators have taken note of the risks we're courting by economizing on security. "Taking us back to a pre-9/11 military force structure places our country in grave danger." --John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Yes, standing up to threats can be dangerous, too. Almost as dangerous as not standing up to them. It's always a temptation to think we can defend this country -- and the free world -- on the cheap. But that approach may prove a lot more expensive in the end.

An ounce of deterrence is worth any amount of empty rhetoric. The arrival of the U.S. carrier Abraham Lincoln in the Strait of Hormuz last week without fanfare said more than all this president's speeches about foreign affairs over the past three unsteady years.

These proposed defense cuts say a lot, too. And what they say is nothing good: America is going into decline again. And that message will be heard -- from Moscow to Teheran, Beijing to Caracas. Thank you, Mr. Panetta. As an old Navy pilot named John McCain put it, this package of a thousand cuts "ignores the lessons of history."

Also the lessons of economics. Our economist-in-chief has told us the way to stimulate the American economy is to spend more hundreds of billions on "shovel-ready projects," by which he seems to mean handouts to bluer states and greener schemes. Also the better-connected lobbies, industries, corporations, labor unions and Government Supported Enterprises. The more they spend, the better off we'll all be! Call it the Solyndra Solution.

The first sign the president's stimulus package wouldn't work was that he put Joe Biden, that economic and diplomatic mastermind, in charge of it. Oh, for the days when vice presidents just stood around and waited, the days when they were seen (if you looked closely) but not heard.

What's really been stimulated over the past three years is the country's unemployment rate.

Meanwhile, the largest collection of shovel-ready, job-creating, opportunity-offering, educationally effective projects in this country -- the United States military -- is to be shrunk.

Madness, madness.

For reasons both military and civil, political and economic, moral and practical, this country's defenses need to be bolstered -- not dismantled.

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