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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 Oct. 2, 2009 / 14 Tishrei 5770

Obama takes a holiday

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe it's the little things in life that count at the White House. Bill Clinton spent part of his presidency worrying about school uniforms. Jimmy Carter fretted over who got to use the White House tennis courts. George W. Bush tried to get to bed before the chickens. ("It's only 9 o'clock, and we know where our president is.")


Barack Obama is merely following precedent by fleeing Washington and big headaches - the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deteriorating prospects for health care reform, legislation to cool the globe (or should we worry now about warming the globe?), and various "czars" gone wild. He's in Copenhagen with the missus not on the nation's business, but the business of his cronies in Chicago.


The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday where to hold the Olympiad of 2016, and the four cities in the running - Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro - have sent the top of the batting order to make the final effort. Tokyo and Rio sent heads of state. Spain raised with a king, and Chicago called, with a messiah.


The Republicans naturally pretend to be aghast, or at least appalled. You don't get many opportunities, even in Washington, to be aghast, so time-consuming are mere outrages, affronts and abuses. "The very idea," says Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, "of [the president] going to go off to Copenhagen when we've got serious issues here at home that need to be debated."


The White House thought so, too, last week, when the president's men said it was unlikely that the president would go to Denmark when there was so much rotten here, mostly the health care system, the world's weather and those darn czars who won't behave themselves. The generals in Afghanistan want more troops. Illegal immigrants are trying to get in. The thugs at Guantanamo want out. He would stay here to continue trying to fix things. But then the president decided that the health care debate was "far enough along" that he could spare a day or two to join the first missus in Copenhagen, where he should buy her a funnel cake and treat her to a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at Tivoli Gardens. He sounded a lot like saying that health care reform was in the tank, so he might as well take a respite from Dodge.


Chicago was the odds-on favorite to get the 2016 games a week ago, but the Brazilian bid began to look better this week. London's bookies, legal and eager to quote odds on everything, said on the eve of the decision that Chicago vs. Rio looked like an even bet.


The president, no doubt figuring that a nice speech in Copenhagen would tip the odds in Chicago's favor, isn't getting much help from his hometown. Suddenly certain streets of Chicago are awash in blood, with two horrific beatings of teenage boys damaging the city's hopes. One group of schoolyard thugs attacked with planks, another with lead pipes. Not a gun in sight this time, but neither the planks nor the pipes were registered with the law.


The beatings were only two isolated incidents, one on the South Side of town and one on the prosperous north side, but isolated as they were they fit the Al Capone image the Europeans and the rest of the world have of Chicago. Rio is among the most violent cities in the world, but that probably doesn't count.


Not everybody in the president's hometown is eager for the games, which always cost more than the promoters and boosters say they will. The vast sums of money expended to promote the games are swag for corrupt politicians - assuming such persons exist in Chicago. Mayor Richard Daley said for months that the city wouldn't assume responsibility for losses incurred by sponsorship of the games, but when Rio started closing in he changed his mind. One group of dissenters from the boosterism, called "No Games Chicago," dispatched a group to Copenhagen to argue against the city's bid, with the message that the city is broke, corrupt and undeserving.


"We are taking materials to back up our claim that Chicago is not fit to host the games," says Tom Tresser, an organizer of the group. A poll by the Chicago Tribune shows the city to be almost evenly divided.


Nevertheless, President Obama is staking his prestige on bringing the games home. The Brazilians scoff that a nice speech is nice, but Rio offers a gorgeous city set between the majesty of mountains and the bikinis of Copacabana Beach, a mild climate and Brazilians eager to welcome visitors, without either planks or pipes.


Today is decision day.

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