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 13, 2014 / 13 Adar I, 5774

NYT shocker: Times scribes discover editorial page is dull, pointless

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The natives are restless. That's the word from the New York Observer about the atmosphere in the newsroom of the once good gray New York Times, which in its financially troubled old age has adopted the showy ways of a left-leaning tabloid. For in recent years the grande dame of American journalism has taken to exposing national secrets like some junior Edward Snowden. And in the process has collected a raft of Pulitzers in exchange for doing what it can to let al-Qaida's planners know how to get around the NSA, FBI, CIA, NYPD and such spoilsports. There have been days when a copy of that morning's Times could have served as a manual on how to exploit American vulnerabilities.

How describe some of the news coverage in the country's former paper of record? Think of an aged dowager coated with rouge and acting like a flapper out to win a Charleston contest. Appalling, maybe, but times are tough, and the old girl's got to do what she can to stir up a little interest in her leaden prose.

(N.B. However critical those of us who lost faith in the Times circa 1980 may be, we are honor-bound to note that its obituaries remain matchless -- as if its ideological prejudices stopped at the edge of the River Styx.)

When the Times isn't engaged in doing what it can to undermine national security, it's doing what it can to support Hillary Clinton's political security as she readies her next presidential bid. And that includes whitewashing her maculate record as White House heiress apparent. By now, it's as if she'd been hanging around waiting to be crowned as long as the Prince of Wales.

The Times did what it could to help her not long ago by running a "news" story echoing Our Lady of Benghazi's account of the massacre there being just the result of a popular demonstration that got out of hand. Al-Qaida affiliate? What al-Qaida affiliate? Repeated warnings that the Americans there were in mortal danger? What repeated warnings? Cover stories? What cover stories? To quote Hillary Clinton's own unforgettable words about the dispensability of historical memory in these awkward circumstances: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

This era's Times ("All the News That's Not Fit to Print") has explained all of that away. At least to the satisfaction of the usual Democratic apparatchiks and upper-class gulls in general. Anything to grease the rails for Miss Hillary's coronation as the Democrats' next presidential nominee even as the last one loses his once magic touch.

But now, according to the Observer's latest report on the rarefied atmosphere at the Times, the rank-and-file out in its newsroom are said to be unhappy with the paper's editorials, and especially its editorial page editor, whoever he may be these days. ("The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page" --New York Observer, February 4, 2014)

It always comes as a surprise to learn that Times editorial writers have names, their prose is so personalityless. They don't so much write in sentences and paragraphs as churn out clots of political conventionalities on order. They write like people who get assignments rather than come up with ideas of their own. However bad their own ideas might be, at least they'd stand a chance of interesting the reader, or just eliciting a sincere groan, rather than boring him beyond death.

The editorialists at the Times might as well be presidential speechwriters, their product is so tedious. To read it all the way through is like having to attend one of those endless testimonial banquets that go from 6:30 to eternity.

Scientists who claim that black holes are the only physical feature of the universe not a single ray of light can escape must never have tried to read one of the editorials in the New York Times. Are they actually written or just manufactured by the gross?

The editorials in the Times must be meant not to be read but analyzed, like a chemical compound, or the way kremlinologists used to mine Stalin's speeches for a clue to coming Soviet policy, or just a hint of humanity -- in vain.

If, like the vast majority of Americans, you're unfamiliar with the New York Observer and less than interested in the intramural gossip of American journalism, allow me to explain that the Observer is a journal that exists largely to serve as a check on the New York once Almighty Times, and to retail any scuttlebutt it can pick up about the aging empress of midtown Manhattan. The dowager queen of American dailies is now ensconced in splashy new quarters on Eighth Avenue designed by some signature architect. Which may be appropriate, the Times having become a kind of hedge fund of American opinion, always balancing risk and gain rather than actually taking a position that might in any way surprise.

The word from the Observer is that the news side of the Times has discovered that the editorials are vapid, researchless, unoriginal, devoid of any real ideas, utterly boring and generally not worth reading. And, oh, yes, without real influence. To think, it took those ace reporters at the Times only 10 years or so to notice. You can't keep anything from those ever-sniffing newshounds. Now they've discovered that the editorials in their publication are boring. I am shocked, shocked....

The only thing surprising about this "discovery" is that the reporters would bother to read the editorials in the first place. They may be the only ones who do, besides a few college professors who are gluttons for bad prose. Plus cosseted denizens of the East Side who don't know any better but must keep up appearances by adding a copy of today's Times to their ensemble when they venture out of their high-rises to Zabar's for something decent to eat -- if they can manage to sneak a good pastrami sandwich past the food police in New York.

When the time comes to fill out the death certificate for the Great American Editorial, once a robust fixture on the American scene, the cause of death will be listed as Terminal Boredom, and the No. 1 suspect in this homicide-suicide will be editorial pages like the one the New York Times has been foisting on a steadily diminishing readership for years.

The only surprising thing about this "discovery" that the editorials in the Times are boring -- indeed, boredom codified, indexed and archived in triplicate -- is that any of its reporters should have troubled to read them. For the Times' editorials are a powerful enough soporific that they should require FDA approval.

Congratulations to the news side at the Times for noticing, however late, that there's something rotten over there on the opinion side, and even daring to murmur about it. It's always good when the political proclivities of reporters and editorial writers differ. So they can balance each other.

The remarkable thing about this little tiff between news and opinion at the NYT is that both share the same conventional liberal/progressive prejudices. It's just that the reporters at the Times believe the opinionators should better express them. It's a shame the reporters don't have more interesting fare to complain about over on the other side of what ought to be the Great Wall between news and opinion at every respectable newspaper. Long may it stand.

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