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December 2, 2014

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 Jan. 15, 2013/ 4 Shevat, 5773

The long season of rage ahead

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama is laying out a revolutionary agenda for his second term, and he's calling up his heaviest artillery to enforce the transformative presidency delayed in the first. The campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel will be no campaign for the faint-hearted summer soldiers who know only small-caliber combat.

The emerging White House strategy is to repeat and repeat the canard that anyone who criticizes the president and his agenda is a racist, probably a Klansman and maybe even a conservative. If the canard is repeated often enough, some people will believe it, even if they're mostly people who believe it already.

A long season of rage, recriminations and name-calling lies ahead before the president finally gets the cabinet he wants. The Senate is charged by the Constitution - quaint document, that - to closely examine his nominees, to ask them sharp and even unpleasant questions, and then to decide whether they're fit to be in the cabinet. The president proposes and the Senate disposes. It's called "advise and consent," not "shut up and cheer."

The giants of the media are having a little trouble with this, too. Bob Schieffer, pretending to be younger than he really is, told Sen. John McCain on "Face the Nation" that he "couldn't remember a time" when the opposing party has so sharply questioned a president's cabinet choices. Bob can't figure out why the senator from Arizona isn't wild about Chuck Hagel.

"He would seem to be your kind of guy, a veteran, a guy who's been shot at," he told the senator in gentle rebuke. It's true, Mr. Hagel is a "guy guy," and he's a veteran and he has been shot at. But that's not necessarily all a president looks for in a secretary of defense. If it were, almost anyone from the Chicago streets would qualify.

Colin Powell, heretofore admired and even revered by many on the right, insists he's still a Republican, but he's an "Obama Republican" who disagrees with just about everything Republicans believe. Unless they become more like him, the Republicans are doomed, and deserve to be.

Mr. Powell told an NBC-TV interviewer that he sees "a dark vein of intolerance" running through the party, and unless the party elders are aggressively intolerant of intolerance, as Mr. Powell and his friends define intolerance, "they are going to be in trouble."

He cites Sarah Palin as one of the intolerant for her use of the street slang "shuck and jive." So, too, the chorus of voices, not all of them Republican, who described Mr. Obama as "lazy" in his disastrous performance in the first presidential debate. Only a racist would call a lazy black man lazy, even if, as Mr. Obama has done, he once described himself as "lazy."

Or not. Mr. Powell is a man of a certain sophistication, having served in enough high positions to have come across expressions and language used well beyond the precincts such language originated. The actual phrase Mrs. Palin used in the 2008 campaign was "shuck and jive schtick," combining a black expression with a Yiddish word used by vaudeville performers, many of them Jewish, to describe a practiced comic turn. Mr. Powell did not say whether he imagines use of the word "shtick" reflects a dark vein of intolerance of Jews.

One of the gifts of the diversity of America is that immigrants and even visitors contribute to the richness of the American language. We pick up slang, some of it colorful and some of it even vulgar, from each other. We feel free to use it at will. That's why our dictionary is thicker than most. Colin Powell, who was born in Harlem (a name stolen from the not-so-colorful Dutch), knows this better than most. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, used what we must call "the S&J words" when he campaigned for Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling her a straight-shooter (no offense intended to cowboys and gunfighters) in 2008: "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don't work when you're in someone's living room." If a New Yorkpolitician -- and a Democrat to boot -- thinks it's kosher to use "the S&J words" without giving offense, surely a politician from Alaska deserves a break, too.

Nobody gets through a turn in Washington without hearing a recital of his faults, usually at high decibel. If you want a friend in Washington, as Harry Truman famously said, get a dog. That goes double for presidents.

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