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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 Nov. 5, 2013/ 2 Kislev, 5774

The dreamboat with barnacles

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Chris Christie, en route to a blow-out victory Tuesday in New Jersey, is not everybody's idea of a dreamboat, though he's bold, bright and looks like he could make a tight squeeze through the Panama Canal.

It's not his girth. We've become a nation of fat people. Besides, he's lost weight and looks for what passes in some precincts as svelte. But he's still a taste acquired with considerable difficulty west of the Delaware River. Nor is it that he looks like a man who, if he doesn't know exactly where the bodies are buried, he might know which landfill to dig in first. He just doesn't look presidential, and appearances count, even with people who say they don't.

Stereotypes are almost always unfair, but they're the images that stick in a voter's mind. Bill Clinton, even after winning two terms as president, has never quite outgrown the image of Bubba who got his first new pair of shoes when he jumped off the truck from the turnip patch. Bubba has actually kept his common touch while walking with kings, parlaying his presidency into millions in the aftermath, but he'll be remembered decades from now more for his nocturnal skill in surviving wifely wrath and the shotguns of angry husbands than for his statecraft in a time of national crisis.

Life is not fair, as we all know. A man can't always help how he looks, even with a clean shirt, neatly pressed pants, a fresh shave and a good haircut. Al Gore, born to Washington privilege, had to have help with his "earth tones" in his race for the White House. Mr. Christie has achieved immense popularity at home with wisecracks from the street and a brash Jersey touch that speaks to the common man in Hoboken. However, he has further acquired the reputation of a man who can't quite be trusted by his friends. Lyndon Johnson applied a simple standard to measure friends and allies against: "He's a man to go to the wall with." A Christie friend and ally might look up from the wall, just before taking the blindfold and the last cigaret, to see the governor carrying the ammunition to the firing squad.



If he expects the Republican faithful, including the tea party Republicans whom he will need for a presidential nomination, to anoint him in 2016 he'll have to hope they will have forgotten how he gave the Jersey bounce to Mitt Romney in the final weeks of the 2012 campaign. Gratitude is a wonderful thing to practice and a sight to behold in the wake of a great disaster like Hurricane Sandy, but the governor could have said his thanks in behalf of New Jersey in a day or two. Instead he trotted behind President Obama for what seemed like weeks, like a hound dog looking for another bone with a little meat on it. Mitt Romney was probably doomed, anyway, but to a lot of Republicans it looked and smelled like treachery. They're not likely to forget it.

No one begrudged Mr. Christie his photo-op with President Obama in the mud and rubble of the storm, or his exploiting the free media in anticipation of a race for re-election as governor. A Republican in a blue state needs all the help he can get. Even a man who had held back his endorsement of Mitt Romney until long after the fight for the nomination was settled, flirting with getting into the race himself, might be forgiven. The man who was invited to speak to the party's national nominating convention and used so much of his time to brag about his considerable self that he forgot to mention the name of the party's nominee, could be forgiven. Maybe one of those sins and commissions could be cast into the sea of mercy, but not all of them all at once.

A new book about the 2012 campaign, "Double Down" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, tells how Mitt Romney thought he wanted Mr. Christie as his running mate until his vetting committee took a closer look. The vetters discovered a big spending bully with a sharp tongue and a ton of excess baggage. He was right for Hoboken, Joe Biden with smarts, but still risky for Terre Haute.

Establishment Republicans love him for repeating establishment pieties. "I'm in this to win," the governor told reporters on his campaign bus Monday, "because if you don't win, you can't govern." Being nice and respectable, with deference to the pieties, are the Republican virtues. They're rarely the virtues that win elections.

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