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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 Sept. 11, 2008 / 11 Elul 5768

I (Heart) Sarah

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let me count the ways? Nope, space does not permit. Also, mine turns out to be so widely shared a crush that everybody seems to have his own long list of reasons for Sarah Palin's appeal. Here are my two personal favorites:


1.) She has widened the meaning of the Constitution's ban against any religious test for public office ("...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." —Article VI).


It took a while to extend that protection to exotic types like us Jews, not to mention Muslims, Mormons, atheists, secular humanists ... but widespread prejudice persists against Sarah Palin's kind of people. I'm talking about bible thumpers, holy rollers, Jesus freaks, Christers and other such less than affectionate terms I've heard in elegant living rooms, college classrooms and, of course, newsrooms. Now all those once unmovable prejudices have encountered an attractive, indeed irresistible, force. You can almost hear the stereotypes crumbling.


The same enlightened types who don't have a problem with Muslim women wearing scarves or Jewish men wearing those little skullcaps might raise an eyebrow at the kind of Pentecostal 'do that Sarah Palin sports. Not any longer. I have an idea you're going to see it all over hair stylists' magazines. It'll soon be as fashionable as Jackie Kennedy made bouffant hair and pillbox hats in her time. The Constitution is one thing, fashion another. In this case, they're about to reinforce each other.


I'm not sure what the right term for Sarah Palin's religious persuasion is. Evangelical? Fundamentalist? Post-denominational Christian? All of the above? Whatever her religious flavor, it's about to become much more acceptable in polite society.


2.) Sarah Palin is reshaping not just this presidential election but the country's political future. She's done more than turn this campaign around, revive the Republican Party (which very much needed it), and put a new spring in old John McCain's step. The young people she's attracting to politics this year will be influencing the outcome of many a presidential election to come.


Until a couple of weeks ago, it was Barack Obama who was attracting — and shaping — the next generation of Americans, even the next America. Now the magic has dissipated, the momentum has reversed. Today, when the more far-sighted Democratic strategists look at Sarah Palin, they have to be concerned not only about the outcome of the presidential election of 2008, but of 2012, 2016, 2020.... Political icons cast long shadows. Before them.


When old John McCain introduced young Sarah Palin as his running mate, it was clear from her first, poised appearance that he'd found political gold in the Klondike. That's when a friend told me he wished he could be a fly on the wall as Democratic strategists try to figure out how they're going to counter the appeal of this hockey mom, moose hunter, long-time small-town mayor, reform governor, new hope of the Grand Old Party, and just plain capital-P Phenomenon.


It's going to be quite a challenge. Has a vice-presidential candidate ever stirred such immediate enthusiasm? Well, maybe Teddy Roosevelt. (He's also the only other one who might have known how to field dress a moose.) My infatuation seems to be shared by millions. "SA-RAH! SA-RAH!"the large and enthusiastic crowds shout at every stop. No wonder John McCain has decided to campaign with her; she's the one who brings out the people.


How in the world are the Democrats going to fight this new star? So far they don't seem to have a clue. The condescension, the baseless accusations, the personal attacks, the distortions ... all that will only backfire, firing up her defenders and attracting more admirers to her cause. Who wouldn't rise to the defense of the lady? Her critics don't dare attack her too harshly — she's a deft counter-puncher — and yet they can't afford to ignore her, either. I, too, would like to eavesdrop on that Democratic strategy session. There's something fascinating about watching barely controlled panic in action.

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