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 Nov. 11, 2010 / 4 Kislev, 5771

Post-Mortem: Random Notes on an Election

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You knew it was going to be an exhilarating election night when among the early victors in Florida was a retired lieutenant colonel by the name of Allen West. He was declared the winner in his race for Congress against one of the best-funded Democrats in the House.

What his critics used against him -- an incident in his long and proud military career that caused him to be disciplined -- only endeared him to some of us. And explained why a lot of folks outside Florida were rooting for him.

It seems that in August of 2003, in Taji, Iraq, the colonel was interrogating an Iraqi prisoner who had information about an imminent attack on the colonel's unit. Figuring that all the prisoner needed was a little encouragement, Col. West punctuated his questions by firing his sidearm. He only fired it into the air, but that was enough to make the prisoner, a fast learner, remarkably cooperative. The information was promptly provided and the lives of who knows how many of his troopers saved.

That's not the end of the story. There's always the disciplinary hearing. At his, in December of that year, the colonel offered no apologies for his actions. Indeed, he said he'd do the same thing all over again if he had to. As he put it, "If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through Hell with a gasoline can."

Any objections? Not from most of the voters in Florida's 22nd Congressional District. He won his election handily.

Incidental intelligence: Allen West is the first black Republican congressman from Florida since Reconstruction, a hopeful sign that black Americans are learning not to put all their support in just one party's basket.

The whole of Election Day was like that -- an experience in shattering stereotypes. Next morning, taking my bike ride, a working man leaning up against his pick-up must have recognized me by the picture that runs at the top of this column. "How 'bout them elections?" he shouted.

"Yes-s-s-s!" I affirmed, the way I'd learned to do at black church services.

"Right!" I heard him shout as I pedaled on.

So much for the myth about working people not rooting for Republicans.

Barack Obama isn't the first president to get a thumpin' a couple of years after enjoying a landslide victory. He joins a long and distinguished line, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt. ... It's not just a pattern for a president's party to suffer a midterm setback, it's just about an American tradition.

The defeat doesn't matter as much as how the president reacts to it. Does he go into a funk or adapt? This president would do well to have a nice long talk with a former president who learned from his midterm shellacking -- Bill Clinton -- and wound up working with the opposition, not just denouncing it. The result can be real progress. In Bill Clinton's case, it was welfare reform and balanced budgets. And, oh, yes, a second presidential term.

In Barack Obama's case, the only fault this president seems able to find with his leadership is that he's failed to communicate his truly great accomplishments to us rubes, aka We the People.

This president could learn a lot from Bill Clinton. "The era of big government is over," the Comeback Kid proclaimed after the Democratic debacle of 1994. He sounded like a president properly bashed and abashed -- and, most impressive, able to learn from defeat. There's still time for Mr. Obama to follow suit. Bill Clinton could teach him a thing or invaluable two about how to bounce back from midterm rejection.

Happily, as this president well knows, Mr. Clinton always has time to talk politics. Endlessly. The challenge for Barack Obama will be not how to start the conversation but how to end it.

This wasn't Bill Clinton's best election, either. He was less the Great Campaigner than a political version of Joe Btfsplk, the Al Capp character who walks around with a perpetual rain cloud over his head, leaving disaster wherever he treads.

Every race Bill Clinton touched in Arkansas this fall, all five of them, seemed to go Republican. Right here in Arkansas, his old stomping grounds, too. All he had to do was campaign for a good Democrat like Blanche Lincoln, the two-term U.S. senator who's just lost her bid for a third, and down they went.

Those vaunted coattails of Bill Clinton in his home state proved not just short but nonexistent. Maybe his seal of approval didn't hurt, but it didn't help overmuch, either. The magic was gone. Maybe he excited the base, as the political buffs say, but the base he excited most may have been the Republican one

Savvy pols like Blanche Lincoln knew enough not to invite Barack Obama to campaign for them, not this year, not around here. They must not have realized that an appearance by Bill Clinton on their behalf would portend disaster.

If an observer will stick around to watch enough American elections, he'll find that one scripture applies to almost every analysis of the returns:

How the mighty have fallen.

It's well known that American progressives, formerly known as liberals, love the common man -- his homespun virtues and salt-of-the-earth wisdom. But just let Mr. Common Man show a little independence in a midterm election, rear up and vote Republican, and suddenly he's transformed into somebody too stupid to know his own best interests.

To kneejerk progressives, formerly kneejerk liberals, these election results proved only how ignorant and feckless, shiftless and ungrateful, dumb and disloyal the masses are. These political "analysts" bring to mind the kind of masters who were always complaining about their slaves back on the old plantation.

To quote from the wit and wisdom of Barack Obama, people just don't think straight at times -- i.e., think like him. For "facts and science and argument (don't) seem to be winning the day ... because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared." -- Barack Obama, October 16, 2010. Instead, as he put it during his presidential campaign, Americans grow bitter and "cling to their guns or religion," the poor yokels.

At such all too revealing moments, our president sounds less interested in leading us than in examining us, as if we were some alien life form on an examining table. Condescension, thy name is Barack Obama.

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