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 Oct. 4, 2013/ 30 Tishrei, 5774

Dim sum for the mind: A selection of tidbits spicy, sour and sweet

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The president might have been able to get a joint resolution through Congress backing his policy in Syria if only (1) he had been able to hold on to the support of the president, and (2) had a policy.

As has been observed before, it can be dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, but to be our friend may be fatal. By now the world is littered with small countries we have abandoned -- like Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in Southeast Asia. And peoples betrayed time and again like the Kurds in the Middle East -- and religious minorities sacrificed like the Christians in Egypt and Lebanon. Not to mention the Captive Nations of Eastern Europe while the Cold War was still on and the Soviet empire still extant. Now it becomes ever clearer that Syria's suffering people are the next to be added to that long and infamous list.

There may have been sound strategic, tactical or political reasons for retreat in each or all of those earlier cases. Other countries may have been abandoned because our policymakers lacked foresight, as when the West allowed the communists to take over the republican cause during the fateful Spanish Civil War, not realizing it was only the rehearsal for what would prove an even greater tragedy, the Second World War.

During the last century an American theologian and realist named Reinhold Niebuhr would make the case for intervening first against fascism and then communism as each bid for global domination. Yes, he knew that the use of power in this world is fraught with moral danger, for who ever came away from exercising power over others with clean hands? Yet he also knew that not exercising power might prove an even greater fault. Just as our sins of omission may outweigh those of commission. For, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, "we have left undone those things which we ought to have done."

As the American economy continues to struggle, this president's approach to it is proving about as successful as his foreign policy -- that is, not very.

Barack Obama remains a true believer in Keynesianism, the faith that all a government need do to restore economic vitality is pour more and more money into the economy. That doctrine became less an economic theory and more an article of faith decades ago, notably during the 1930s, and it still has its disciples who sleep on, comfortable in their certainty whatever evidence the intervening years have provided.

It was John Maynard Keynes who famously warned: "The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist." His words acquire an additional layer of irony now that he himself has joined the company of defunct economists.

Remember how, if you're satisfied with the health insurance you now have through your employer, you won't be affected by Obamacare? Tell it to another 160,000 Americans, this time those who work for the Walgreens chain. They've just been told they're being left to a health-insurance exchange, and will have to thread their own way through it to find insurance coverage.

But they'll have plenty of company. Trader Joe's, the grocery chain, is moving part-time workers at its 400 stores onto insurance exchanges, too, and United Parcel Service is dropping its health benefits for the 15,000 of its workers' spouses who can get their insurance through another employer.

It now seems so long ago that we were told how simple and smooth -- and affordable -- Obamacare would be. Call it Broken Promise No. 153.

It's not as if the folks at Walgreens or Trader Joe's are members of Congress, who had enough foresight to get themselves (and their staffs) special subsidies rather than just be tossed into Obamacare like the peons, aka citizens of the United States of America. Our ruling class only passes laws for the rest of us to follow.

Now the federal government -- that's you and me, fellow taxpayer -- is going to pay some 75 percent of these public employees' insurance premiums. These generous subsidies are reserved for members of Congress and their retinues. To borrow a phrase from "Animal Farm," George Orwell's ever-relevant fable, all are equal in this administration's eyes; it's just that some are more equal than others.

Picking up my dry cleaning the other day, I heard the sounds of a fight brewing right behind me. A man and woman were arguing over who was next in line. The lady insisted the gentleman had been there first, while the gentleman insisted she go first, as ladies should. In the end she graciously relented and agreed to precede him. If a thought balloon like the kind used in the comics had formed above my head, it would have consisted of a line from an old ditty Phil Harris used to sing: "And that's what I like about the South!"

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