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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 Feb. 4, 2011 / 30 Shevat, 5771

Cheaper than booze, but what a hangover

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Euphoria is a dangerous narcotic, more powerful than drugs and cheaper than booze. But the wise are wary of the hangover that inevitably follows a season of carousing.

President Obama, after days of weaving one way and wavering another, has abandoned wariness and joined the riotous jubilee in downtown Cairo. First he gave President Hosni Mubarak a firm vote of confidence; Joe Biden called him a good friend. But when the din in Tahrir Square grew loud enough to be heard on Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Obama changed his tune, and finally, as if he had heard the mob's call to evening prayer, he joined the demand that Mr. Mubarak must go, unintended consequences be damned.

The pitfalls and potholes in the route through the Middle East minefield at first held back the administration, most politicians and even the pundits. Nobody knew what was really going on in Egypt (and they still don't). Uncertainty ruled. But in Washington ignorance is no reason not to ride off in three or four directions at once. Care and caution is for sissies.

Uncertainty has its uses. As expected, the American liberal-left, which can always find something good to say about America's mortal enemies, is already hard at work casting the Muslim Brotherhood, a likely heir to the chaos in Cairo, not as the radical cult it is, determined to impose radical Islam on the world, but as a benign Islamic version of the League of Women Voters.

The Muslim Brotherhood, says a contributor to the editorial pages of the New York Times, can be measured by its size and "diversity," and is difficult to sum up simply. "As the Roman Catholic Church encompasses leftist liberation theology and conservative anti-abortion advocacy," writes contributor Scott Shane, "so the Brotherhood includes both practical reformers and firebrand ideologues."

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, a professor at Emory University, a Methodist school in Atlanta, and the author of a book on Egypt and the Brotherhood, likens the Brotherhood to something like a Billy Graham revival, without the singing and the sawdust. "It was a bottom-up, gradual process, beginning with the individual and ultimately reaching all of society. It's roughly analogous to the evangelical Christian goal of sharing the Gospel. Politics were secondary."

But "summing up" the Brotherhood is not so difficult for the brothers themselves, who eagerly spell out their aims and goals. In a recent "mission statement" included in a memorandum to its chapters in more than 40 countries, the leadership said the Brotherhood "must understand that their work in North America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within . . . "

The softening of public opinion in the West quickens as the mobs in the Middle East grow. "If we really want democracy in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood is going to be a big part of the picture," Bruce Riedel of the left-leaning Brookings Institution tells the New York Times. He says the United States has no choice but to give the Brotherhood a role.

So soft, in fact, have the Brotherhood's apologists in the West become that the Brotherhood itself no longer bothers to take cover in ritual happy-talk about peace, love, and goodwill that the apologists, wet and glistening in anticipation, expect. But Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the Brotherhood, proudly tells a Japan Broadcasting Co. interviewer that it intends to scrap Egypt's peace treaty with Israel when it comes to power. "After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed," he says, "there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel." It takes no imagination to imagine why.

If the radical Islamic threat is not taken seriously by the White House and the opinion elites in America, it certainly is by the Israelis, who have only their survival at stake. The chattering class in Jerusalem — government officials, pundits and even academics — regard Mr. Obama as a hopeless naf, unable to recognize reality, and nudged and pushed to pressure a reliable ally to hand over power to . . . well, who? Or what?

"I don't think Americans understand yet the disaster they have pushed the Middle East into," says Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a member of the Knesset and until recently a Cabinet officer. He thinks the Muslim Brotherhood could win half the seats, or even a majority, in the Egyptian parliament. Jimmy Carter is widely regarded in Israel as the American president who lost Iran for the West, and one analyst, Aluf Benn, writing in the daily newspaper Haaretz, thinks Mr. Obama "will be remembered as the president who 'lost' Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt [when] America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled."

Euphoria will recede in the face of the search for the turkey to blame for that disaster. Not something any president could likely survive.

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