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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 April 3, 2009 / 8 Nisan 5769

Mr. Obama discovers a complicated world

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama's late education continues. He discovered in London that the world, like life, is "complicated." France and Germany threatened to gang up on "le Anglo-Saxons." The last president who marveled at how suddenly the world gets "complicated" after the election was Jimmy Carter. The leaders of the globe's 20 top countries — who knew we even had that many top countries? — collected their souvenirs, scooped up their little bars of soap and tiny bottles of shampoo and packed for home, leaving behind a lot of hot air and cracked begging bowls.


Negotiating at the highest level is easy, the president said as the session broke up, if it's just Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in a room, talking over brandy, "but that's not the world we live in today." Indeed it is not, beginning with the obvious that expecting a lot from two snifters of Remy Martin is courting disappointment. Besides, some of us remember FDR and Sir Winston, and neither the president nor the prime minister looks like either one.


But to be fair, neither does anybody else now apparent on the scene. Gordon Brown fawned over the president with such slavish attention that even his friends turned away, cringing. "The whole of the United Kingdom welcomes you and the first lady," he told the president on his arrival in London. "You have given renewed hope not only to the citizens of the United States of America, but to all citizens in all parts of the world. I want to thank you for your leadership, your vision and your courage, which you've already shown in your presidency, and congratulate you on the dynamism, energy and indeed the achievements that you have been responsible for. Your first 70 days in office have changed America, and you've changed America's relationship with the world."


This was effusion that seemed to startle even Mr. Obama, he of the giant ego sometimes mistaken for giant intellect, but he took it like a man. At the end of the week, he seemed of two minds about what he and his colleagues had accomplished. He offered the usual self-congratulatory boilerplate expected of politicians, proclaiming that the 20 leaders had agreed on "unprecedented steps to restore growth and prevent a crisis like this from happening again." He obviously recognized that this was a millimeter over the top, even for a master rhetorician who has mastered the teleprompter. "Ever" is a long time, stretching all the way to 2012. He lapsed again into cautionary boilerplate: Protectionism bad, global unity good. "It's hard for 20 heads of state to bridge our differences. But I think we did OK."


This was putting the best face on what the Top Twenty didn't do — agree on the necessity of a worldwide "stimulus" that would pump trillions of dollars into the global economy. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank got a slot of swag, but Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy successfully thwarted the attempt to bring in an even bigger gusher of trillions for the rest of the world. Throwing trillions of dollars around is addictive, particularly if it's only money that other people don't have.


(The next big number, for anyone keeping score, is "quadrillion," and after that, if there is an after that, a "quintillion." These numbers are almost beyond comprehension, but there's already a gleam in Barney Frank's eye. Nancy Pelosi's, too.)


This was Europe's first look at the president, and the swooning and palpitations of the Europeans continued intense and unabating. Gordon Brown flirted and fished for the sweet somethings he yearned for and didn't get on his trip to Washington in late winter. This time he was not "Mr. Brown," but "Gordon," eight times by one London newspaper's count. "I absolutely agree with you," he told the prime minister at one small point at their joint press conference. Nodding like a bobble-head doll, the PM rewarded him thrice with puppy-like adoration: "Barack is absolutely right. Barack is absolutely right."


Not even the ritual exchange of gifts with Queen Elizabeth II spoiled the president's tourist moment. He gave her an Apple iPod loaded with video of her visit to Jamestown in 2007 (she already had one), and she gave him a framed photograph of herself with Prince Phillip. What a president who disdained a bust of Churchill will do with the photograph of the Queen has not been determined. The frame is nice. Now it's on to France, where Mr. Obama can expect to be kissed on both cheeks by M. Sarkozy, but he need not shave close.

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