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. 22, 2012/ 9 Kislev, 5773

Peace, it's wonderful --- or could be

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | By the time you read these words, Gentle and Grateful Reader, peace should have broken out in that most unlikely part of the world, the Middle East. Yes, peace is always a frail plant in that arid region, but let us celebrate and tend its appearance after eight days of headlines about war and rumors of a bigger one.

The cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, aka Hamasland, may prove only tenuous, as usual, but it is all the more welcome for the difficulties involved in negotiating it through intermediaries, and despite all the bloodthirsty talk from the usual terrorists.

Eyeless in Gaza, which has been a source of strife since Samson's time, Hamas' louder mouths cried war, but a new realism somehow prevailed over the old bloodlust.

Yes, the violations and counter-violations of this truce will now begin, but if the past is prologue, they will dwindle till an uncertain modus vivendi, a way of living rather than dying, will begin to emerge. The scope of this accomplishment can be measured simply enough; the fighting lasted eight days, while it took the Lord God fully six to create the whole world.

This has to be recorded as one of the Israel's shorter wars and, if its people can recognize it, one of its more impressive victories, for it may put an end to the incessant rocket fire that has plagued them for months. Peace has its victories as well as war.

Behind the scenes, Egyptian envoys, working with American ones, got Hamas to call off its attacks -- with a little help from the real makers of this tentative peace, the Israeli air force. But credit should go to all those who negotiated behind the scenes, including this administration, and yes, its ambassador to the United Nations, the Honorable but now under fire Susan Rice.

This time Ambassador Rice successfully stalled any interference by the Security Council, where many a war has been fomented rather than prevented. To quote the late great Jeane Kirkpatrick, who was Ronald Reagan's ambassador to the UN, it has become an organization that distributes moral outrage like violence in any other protection racket. This time it didn't get a chance to prolong a war.

Yes, we know, talk about how welcome this peace is may be lost on those, both Arab and Jew, who have seen their children, their mothers and fathers, friends and family, blown to smithereens before this cease-fire was achieved. But every day of peace, however fragile, is to celebrated. Let us both mourn the dead and vow, not for the first time, Never Again.

Why no full-scale war this time? One new factor may have made all the difference: Israel's new anti-missile missile system callled Iron Dome, which prevented scores of rockets from reaching its most heavily populated cities -- like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. If just one of those randomly fired rockets had wiped out an apartment building or school or shopping mall or bus terminal full of people, no Israeli leader might have withstood the public demand for vengeance on the full scale of war.

This administration, whatever the bad feelings between our president and current Israeli prime minister, fully supported the development and deployment of that new and welcome defense, another vindication of Ronald Reagan's old dream of an anti-missile missile, aka Star Wars. (Remember when he was ridiculed for suggesting such a sci-fi fantasy by those who thought they knew better than that "amiable dunce," as a Democratic warhorse named Clark Clifford once called him?)

Now let us celebrate this peace, however uncertain -- and in the future take all that rhetoric about wiping Israel off the map, whether from Gaza or Tehran, more seriously in the future, and denounce it at once and in no uncertain terms, for words lead to deeds, including criminal ones.

At the same time, the Israelis need to celebrate their victory ever so quietly, and find some way to appease the source of so many wars -- wounded Arab pride bent on revenge. Now would be the time for Israel not just to talk peace -- Jerusalem has long advocated direct negotiations without preconditions -- but to offer concessions. A further easing of the blockade around Gaza, maybe another temporary freeze on Israeli settlements, whatever gestures can be made short of endangering the Jewish state's now re-established security. Not just war but the pursuit of peace demands imagination, energy and new initiatives.

If the Israelis are looking for a policy just now, they could do worse than follow the lead of an American president who learned the ways of both war and peace by bitter experience, and pursued both "with malice toward none, charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right...."

Many of us have feared the worst. Now let us hope, and not just hope but work, for the best.

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