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 March 5 , 2012/ 11 Adar, 5772

The pause that refreshes

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was a last minute save. Mitt Romney managed to finish a couple of percentage points ahead of the latest non-Romney -- Rick Santorum -- in his native state's Republican primary Tuesday. In addition to carrying Michigan in a squeaker, he scored a decisive win in Arizona. After many a setback and comeback, those in charge of reviving his campaign after every relapse must have felt like the scientists in those old Frankenstein movies when their work begins to breathe: "It's alive! It's alive!"

It was time for his handlers to exult. For a night. Because now Ohio and the other states in play next (Super) Tuesday become their man's next big test. The GOP's once and future frontrunner has dodged still another bullet, for if he had failed to carry his home state, it might have been the beginning of the end of his presidential campaign. And for his party's hopes of emerging from this nigh-endless primary season with a clear leader. Instead, he's the frontrunner again. Or maybe just the last man standing.

For the moment, the Republicans have paused in their death march. We say paused, not ended, because Super Tuesday could mark either the crystallization or further dissolution of the Republican presidential field this year. The choice facing Republicans becomes ever clearer: Mitt Romney or more indecision.

The GOP's best chance of achieving unity and then victory in the fall now lies in the early resolution of this week-to-week fight for the nomination. It's been kind of fun while it lasted, but there can be much too much of a good thing.

There's still something good to be said about a good old knock-down drag-out for a party's presidential nomination. (Just ask Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.) If it's Mitt Romney who emerges from all this dust -- and mud -- as the Republican nominee, nobody can say he hasn't been vetted. Also scarred and patched and beaten a time or three. By the time the campaign that counts begins, anything Barack Obama throws at him might come as anticlimax after what his fellow Republicans have done to him.

Mr. Romney's intraparty rivals will have done him and the country a favor if he turns out to be the nominee. Anybody serious about becoming president of the United States ought to be tested up, down and sideways, fair and foul. The pressures of a presidential campaign, severe as they are, may be as nothing compared to sitting at that massive desk made of an old ship's timbers in the Oval Office. (The timbers come from an old British sailing ship, the well-named HMS Resolute, courtesy of dear Queen Victoria, who knew what it was to be head of state -- and resolute.)

This week, Mr. Romney managed to overcome not just the current non-Romney but something far more formidable: the Republican Party's death wish, which is almost traditional by now. It goes back at least to Robert A. Taft in 1952, and has been represented in more recent years by Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Pat Buchanan in 1992.

Democrats may have their own tradition of ideological diehards -- the Henry Wallace, George McGovern wing of the party -- but the breed seems to have lessened in recent years. Or at least had their energy drained away in futile third-party efforts like Ralph Nader's that assure a Republican victory. But there is still a wing of Republicanism that would much prefer to recite its favorite shibboleths than win a mere presidential election. Ideologues tend to embrace defeat as proof of their authenticity.

Whittaker Chambers famously compared such types to an old man in a dark shop who never sells anything but spends his time "fingering for his own pleasure, some oddments of cloth. Nobody wants to buy them, which is fine because the old man is not really interested in selling. He just likes to hold and to feel."

In this year's GOP primaries, Ron Paul is the designated Old Man in a Dark Shop, but the role keeps getting re-assigned as the familiar scenario is played out with a different cast every four years or so. This year others keep trying out for the part -- Michele Bachman, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. ... Mitt Romney's great advantage is that he's the solid, well-organized businessman in the race. His great disadvantage is that he's the solid, well-organized businessman in the race.

Mitt Romney's candidacy raises a by-now familiar question for Republicans: Can a candidate without charisma but only experience, perseverance, a working knowledge of the issues and other dull-as-duty virtues compete with the ideological and rhetorical dazzle of rivals who appeal to the party's true believers? Super Tuesday may tell us. Or it may just prolong the agony.

It's a familiar danger for a party -- or a country -- based on ideas: In rash hands, ideas become only ideology. And the lunatic fringe becomes the warp-and-woof of a party. Unless tempered by experience, moderated by tradition, tested in the real world, the best of ideas may become the worst of ideologies.

Republicans always seem to be waiting for another Reagan, a leader who can combine the spellbinding appeal of an actor who thrills the crowd with the practical political skills acquired over a long career of practical leadership. Admirers of The Gipper may forget that he was not just a star but also a union leader, governor and president who knew how to compromise when he needed to.

But the Reagans of political life, like the FDRs, are rare. This year, Republicans might as well wait for Godot, the character who never arrives in a play that never goes anywhere. Such may or may not be the stuff of art, but it's not the stuff of politics, the art of the possible. Certainly not this year, a year in which Americans have to choose between the candidates we've got, not the mythic figures their campaigns depict.

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