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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 Jan. 7, 2011 / 2 Shevat, 5771

The clatter of dirty dishes in the sink

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Babes and bonhomie replaced bombast for a few minutes this week in Congress, striking dumb with delight the easily impressed folks who think that all it takes to solve the nation's problems is an infusion of civility, making nice and what used to be called good manners.

Joe Biden was on his best behavior, doing what he does best, charming the children and grandchildren of some of his old Senate colleagues. When one little boy told the veep that there ought to be a Lego store in Washington, good old Joe listened as if the lad were his economics guru, and applauded the boy's suggestion as "thinking about jobs." Over in the House, Nancy Pelosi made a production of handing over the symbol of speaker power to John A. Boehner ("this is a bigger gavel than some around here"), but only after a long valedictory about what a terrific speaker she had been. Mr. Boehner was reduced to tears, which is not difficult, twice reaching into his pocket for a soggy handkerchief to wipe away a teardrop or two.

Mr. Boehner is entitled to his emotions, and a manly speaker's out-of-control waterworks only shows how dramatically the American culture is a-changing. Ed Muskie, the other half of the Humphrey-Muskie presidential ticket of 1968, blew whatever chance he had to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years later when he cried on camera - or appeared to cry - or at least decried a newspaper's criticism of his wife. He insisted for the rest of his life that he was wiping snowflakes, not teardrops, from his face, but a widely published photograph of the incident spiked his front-running campaign, and he was soon overtaken by George McGovern.

The new speaker has become the object, if not the butt, only of mild jokes, leaving him free to irrigate his eyes at will. But his job over the next two years is to make Democrats cry, and despite the bonhomie of the opening day of the 112th Congress, the lines are drawn for a rowdy showdown with Barack Obama and his wounded Democrats. The speaker's tea party allies of November won't be impressed by Republican tears and soft answers to turn away Democratic wrath. They came to town suspicious of Republican resolve, the tendency of the Grand Old Party to waver in the face of pressure, to cave at the first sound of the popguns.

The new speaker is saying all the right things, warning of the "hard work and tough decisions" ahead as the nation recovers in fits and spurts from the worst recession since the Great Depression ended with the outbreak of World War II. "No longer can we fall short," he said as he took possession of the speaker's gavel. "No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions."

But the unexpected intrudes. Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, taking the lead on budget strategy, took a hearty kick at the can when he said the Republican promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year might not be possible after all. The promised cuts have been "compromised" by government spending already in the pipeline, and maybe cutting spending by $50 billion is a more realistic goal. Some of the tea party outriders think this sounds like somebody is already in the Republican kitchen, cooking up waffles, but the chefs say no, the noise from the kitchen is only the clatter of someone trying to deal with dirty dishes the Democrats left in the sink.

"We've got this sort of gap period that we're operating in now to take care of the next fiscal year," Rep. Eric Cantor, the new House majority leader, tells National Journal. "So it's just sort of a formulaic challenge." Mr. Ryan vows to get tough with the big spenders who want to raise the debt limit that never seems to limit the debt. "I'm not interested in raising the debt ceiling on the hope that a promise will be fulfilled at a later time. I'm only interested in raising the debt ceiling if we get concessions on spending, on real controls to get our fiscal situation turned around and headed in the right direction."

This is where the Democrats and Republicans will collide first. The president, the author of the fix, now invokes raising the debt limit as "responsible" and necessary to protect "the full faith and credit of our government." Nothing about cutting the size of government, which is what that "shellacking" in November was all about. Bonhomie and good manners will have to wait.

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