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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 June 13, 2014 / 15 Sivan, 5774

Stumbling over the obvious

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | The liberal pundits, Republican elites, Democratic politicians and K Street lobbyists are having a hard time 'splainin' how Eric Cantor lost his seat in Virginia this week, since they insist it couldn't have been about immigration. He took such a drubbing — it was a landslide in anybody's book — that there must have been an evil reason.

The farther the wiseheads live from Virginia the more certain they are that they know what they're talking about. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat with infallible insights into the mind of the Republican voter, says Mr. Cantor lost because he was a flip-flopper who wasn't sufficiently fervent in his advocacy of an immigration deal pleasing to Barack Obama. What Mr. Cantor should have done, he says, was to endorse the infamous amnesty scheme of the Senate's Gang of Eight.

"If you stand up and explain to the American people what the [Senate] bill is all about, you're going to get support." He cites the poll suggesting that 72 percent of Mr. Cantor's constituents support immigration reform. That shouldn't surprise anyone, but Mr. Durbin and his fellows omit the rest of the story, that the poll actually asked whether voters would support immigration reform that includes sealing the border against the tsunami of illegal immigrants now overwhelming the Border Patrol on the Rio Grande. Framed that way, who wouldn't support reform? But that's the kind of border security that everybody knows the Democrats would never accept.

The New York Times, with its insights into everything (and nearly always wrong), thinks it has discovered the key to the demise of Mr. Cantor's fortunes. "Mr. Cantor's stunning upset loss on Tuesday — to a little-known economics professor, David Brat, who called his election 'a miracle from G0D' — has raised questions about whether anti-Semitism was at work." Did Eric Cantor lose because he was Jewish?

The answer, The Times concedes, is no. But why let an opportunity to smear benighted conservatives go to waste? No one had thought to malign the voters in Mr. Cantor's district before, and he has been elected seven times. He was nominated two years ago with 79 percent of the Republican vote. "But analysts do say," The Times account continues, with the "but" the knowing reader knew was coming. "Mr. Brat — who has a divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and often invokes G0D in his speeches — appeals to Christian conservatives in a way that Mr. Cantor simply cannot."

Dave Brat, a Roman Catholic professor at a Methodist college with a Presbyterian theological degree, often invokes the name of G0Din his speeches, speaking of the "Judeo-Christian" origins of the American culture, and openly admits — the shame and the horror of it! — a "belief in G0D." He told interviewer Sean Hannity of Fox News on election night that he felt that "G0D acted through the people on my behalf." Clergymen of every denomination, of course, routinely ask in prayer that G0D will guide the choices of voters.

Nevertheless, hearing someone speak of their faith and calling on G0D for guidance makes some people's teeth itch. An analyst for the widely read Cook Political Report says the religious issue, the issue that almost nobody else noticed, was "the elephant in the room," and says conservatives use evangelical language to establish "a comfort level" with voters that a Jewish candidate like Eric Cantor can't. The message here is plain: believers who cite "the Judeo-Christian" ethic should clean up their language. Four-letter words are OK, but "faith" has a letter too many.



There were "hints of anti-Semitism" in Mr. Cantor's first race for the House in 2000, The Times recalls darkly, a "whisper campaign" portraying his opponent as "the only Christian" in the race. The account does not say who the whisperers were, or who they whispered to, and since only one-quarter of 1 percent of the district population is Jewish, according to the Jewish Federations of North America, clearly nobody was listening. Mr. Cantor was elected those seven times with a lot of Christian votes.

There were not even whispers this time. "If there was an undertone or a hidden message somewhere," Richard Grossman, a Jewish lobbyist and Cantor supporter in Richmond tells The Times, "the Jewish community would have reacted, and I would say our history has been that we may overreact."

So much for that trial balloon, and the sore losers are back to trying to explain away what really happened — that Mr. Cantor's constituents were suspicious of squishy Republicans, and he allowed himself to be identified with the squish. It's an occupational hazard for Republicans who can't make up their minds who they want to be.

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