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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 May 30, 2014 / 1 Sivan, 5774

Feeling a boot in the backside

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Looking for omens abroad for clues to what might be ahead in America is a fool's errand. But omens there may well be in the astonishing results of last week's election of delegates to the European Parliament. People everywhere are fed up. There was a genuine revolt of the peasants across Europe, and some of the hardest heads, those most oblivious to the anger at the transformation of the continent, say they learned a lesson.

Candidates skeptical of the European Union — "Euroskeptics," they're called — won the biggest share of the vote in France, where the National Front campaigned on a slogan of "politics of the French for the French."

In Britain, the U.K. Independence Party — popularly known as UKIP — won more votes than either the Conservatives or the Labor Party. Prime Minister James Cameron, who once called UKIP "a bunch of fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists" and during this campaign accused the party of saying "appalling" and "deeply unpleasant things about immigration," seemed to have had a Damascus Road experience, or something close to it on Downing Street.

On the morning after he dispatched one of his closest aides, the finance minister George Osborne, to tell a meeting of grassroots Tories that "we should show the highest respect for those who go out and cast their vote, and respect, too, those who cast their votes for another party. That includes those who voted for UKIP."

This is called eating crow raw, including the beak and bones, with neither sauce nor salad. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, did a little crowing about what Paris commentators called "the European earthquake."

"The sovereign people," she said, "have declared they want to take back the reins of their destiny. Our people demand just one politics. The politics of the French, for the French."

These were the first elections after the European debt crisis, and tell how unpopular the bailouts and austerity measures in behalf of governments of other European countries really are. Voters, though still in love with the welfare state, blame the European Union for harsh spending cuts and high unemployment.

Angry voters across the continent range from moderate to conservative to extremist. One of the small Greek parties that won votes is even neo-Nazi, and the rhetoric of the National Front in France indulges anti-Semitism similar to the ugly words about Jews widely heard in the universities in the United States.

The earthquake rattled Britain just as a study of "social attitudes" found that more than a third of Britons say they are racially prejudiced. More than 90 percent of those who admit to racial prejudice are eager to see immigration ended, at least long enough to give the nation time to catch its breath. But this was the statistic that really rattled the ruling classes: 72 percent of those who profess no racial prejudice want to see immigration curbed, too. (But only 15 percent say there's anything wrong with interracial marriage.)

This is not so hard for some to understand. "As shell-shocked politicians from the main parties struggle to discern the causes of UKIP's electoral success," columnist Allison Pearson writes in London's Daily Telegraph, "here's a tip. Look in the mirror, chaps. It is politicians, not the British people, who are to blame for a resurgence in racism; politicians who have ignored public opinion and created conditions in which resentments fester and grow."

The elites in Britain, like the elites in America, take a certain pride in having no religious beliefs and do not understand convictions, even sordid convictions, in others. Their first instinct of the elites is to cave to outrageous demands of radical newcomers and caution anyone who objects to shut up. Britons have watched as a teacher is hounded from a school by Islamists demanding that girls and boys be separated, as Muslim "grooming gangs" torment girls on the street, as demands grow for sharia law.

A onetime speechwriter for Tony Blair concedes now that the scheme was to banish the old white England and usher in a new, vibrant multicultural country. The elites would be protected by wealth and position from what David Cameron would call "deeply unpleasant" effects. Anyone who thought all this scheming was a bad idea, that the culture wrought over centuries of British history should be preserved, that keeping intact the culture that attracted immigration in the first place, was dismissed as a retrograde racist. Immigration was something nice people didn't talk about.

Now they're talking. What was racist yesterday has become legitimate concern about too many immigrants absorbed too quickly. Europe and even England, to be sure, are very different from America. But politicians everywhere hold certain truths as self-evident: a boot applied to the backside changes minds.

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