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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 May 31, 2011 / 27 Iyar, 5771

Names in the News

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com |

Well, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or DSK as he's known to those who follow politics in France or the doings of Big Money anywhere, did promise to give the International Monetary Fund a "totally different" face.

Henry Kissinger, the former everything in American foreign policy, has a new book out, this one on China. If he's as right about far Cathay as he was about the prospects for an enduring detente with an enduring Soviet Union (remember it?), then his latest tour of the cloudy horizon should be a hoot. And as equally far-seeing.

The man who would be Metternich, the prince who restored the old order of Europe after Napoleon, has turned out to be ... only Henry Kissinger. Talk about a letdown. Once again the great and powerful Wizard of Oz is revealed as just the little man behind the curtain.

But the good doktor has never let his mistakes, especially those on a grand scale, get him down. He's all-American in that way. We all may have our failed dreams, but most of us eventually make our peace with reality. Dr. Kissinger's response is different. He writes a memoir. And in it he explains, if not very convincingly, how he was right all along. Much to his own satisfaction, if not to those burdened by human memory.

Henry Kissinger is not alone in that regard. Every former immortal from Bill Clinton to Britain's Gordon Brown seems to do it. And each such book is as boring as the other. And as predictable in its self-regard.

The biggest gap in Dr. Kissinger's political (semi)philosophy, though there are many nominees for that dubious honor, is obvious. Our own Dr. Strangelove fails to take into account one minor detail in human affairs: the influence of moral principle. Which may be only natural. We all tend to project our own values -- or lack of them -- onto others.

It's not just himself that Dr. Kissinger impresses. He's still a big hit on the Chicken (Kiev)-and-Peas circuit, where dilettantes in good suits can be counted on to nod sagely at his witticisms. But whatever Weltanschauung he's peddling this year, it's hard to believe that he himself swallows it all. He's much too intelligent.

Ending his presidential bid and publicity stunt, Donald Trump, known to followers of showbiz and Big Money less formally as The Donald, did make one more campaign promise, though it sounded more like a threat:

"I make you this promise: that I will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help shape our politicians' thoughts."

I believe him -- in part. If past is prologue, he will indeed continue to voice his opinions loudly. Also frequently, rudely and inconsequentially. Isn't that what all bores and boors do?

As for Part B, the one about his helping shape politicians' thoughts, well, that's less than likely. Mr. Trump is scarcely what the PR people call, in their unfortunate way with words, a Thought Leader.

Besides, the idea of "politicians' thoughts" verges on the oxymoronic. Politicians may have instincts, which is why they're called political animals, and they certainly have rationalizations aplenty, but as for any cognitive pattern that might justifiably be called thoughts, aside from plans to win election or re-election, surely it is the rare politician who actually thinks. They may have speeches, they may have projects, they may have foundations, but thoughts? Not likely.

Even rarer is the brave soul in politics who dares offer an unpopular opinion. Which is why that kind of politician should be prized, encouraged and applauded. Agree or disagree with his thoughts. At least he has some, as distinguished from automatic echoes of public opinion polls.

In general a politician may be defined as someone who'll tell you what he thinks as soon as he knows what you want to hear. This isn't so much thought as a political reflex.

Surely there are some thinkers in American politics even this long after Robert A. Taft, Scoop Jackson and Pat Moynihan have left the scene. Joe Lieberman, maybe? Any other nominations? I'd love to hear them. Just to give me hope.

Standing in Westminster Hall, Barack Obama reverted to the Sen. Obama who opposed the use of force to change dictatorial regimes in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. That was before, as president, he ordered a surge in American forces in Afghanistan -- and backed up NATO's (not very effective) campaign in Libya, too.

Now, on the eve of his visit to continental Europe, he was back with this warning: "Ultimately, freedom must be won by the people themselves, not imposed from without."

I try to keep up, but instead I keep getting dizzy. Our ambiguous president keeps doubling back on himself. The setting for his latest pronouncement only added to its irony. How does he think Europe was ultimately liberated from Nazi tyranny if not by the use of force imposed from without, largely by the United States of America?

Democracy was even imposed on the Germans themselves, for which most are surely grateful by now.

Maybe he's "leading from behind" again. Far behind. Or maybe, in the way of politicians, he was speaking rather than thinking.

Who knows?

Whatever the explanation, Mr. Obama seems blithely unaware of the contradictions inherent in his opposite-but-equal statements. When it comes to foreign policy, our president keeps debating himself. Here's hoping that one day he'll achieve consensus.

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