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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 Dec. 11, 2009 / 24 Kislev 5770

Obama's remarkable tutorial

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nobody teaches harder lessons than Experience, the lady who grades on the steepest curve. But sometimes even her most difficult student looks like he's beginning to get it.

Barack Obama flew yesterday into Scandinavia, the redoubt of Volvo-and-bean-sprout state liberalism, to tell his Nobel Peace Prize patrons that he had no apology to make for a just war and that he'll use the prestige of the honor to "reach for the world that ought to be."

But the president of the United States must "face the world as it is," and he is obliged first to protect and defend the nation that elected him: "A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history."

Wow! I couldn't have said that any better myself. He'll catch old Billy Ned from his bean sprout base for saying true things like that, and one good speech, dramatic and defiant of putty-minded dreamers, won't convince his critics and detractors that he was not just being polite to his hosts. Fatti maschii, parole femine. "Deeds are masculine, words are feminine." (Don't blame me; it's from the Italians of yore and besides, it's on the Official Seal of the State of Maryland.)

He threw in some of the parole femine, more of the obvious: "No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy." And this: "The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it." But the man who earlier this week said he would dispatch 30,000 more American troops to deal with Islamic jihad surprised us all by using the occasion not to make further apologies for America, but for a tutorial on the causes of war and elusiveness of peace for those who need it most (and are least likely to learn anything from it).

A man shouldn't expect praise for being good to his mother, of course, nor should a president expect applause for stating the underappreciated obvious. Mr. Obama needs applause from wherever he can find it. His approval ratings continue to tank, and new findings by Public Opinion Polling suggest that just half of American voters say they like him better than George W. Bush. Forty-four percent would prefer his predecessor. Earlier in the week Gallup, measuring approval sentiment, found that the president barely shades Sarah Palin.

His remarkable speech in Oslo is no sign of anything approaching a deathbed conversion. He's still the man of radical Chicago politics, the man of trillion-dollar takeovers of a lot of things that government has no business trifling with, the man tutored by the likes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers and others who would recast America in the mold of the misery that afflicts any culture silly enough to embrace socialist bromides. But he gives impressive new evidence that he's beginning to understand jihad and its threat to the West.

He'll find his late education a hard sell to the young voters who were so crucial to his victory last November. Many of them, perhaps most of them, have no kidney for war in distant places with unpronounceable names against brutal ninth-century primitives armed with the stolen weapons of the sophisticated armies of the West. "Nonetheless," says historian Victor Davis Hanson, "many of the old rules still apply amid the modern fog of war. Human nature, after all, does not change. And since the beginning of civilization the point of war has always been for one side through the use of force to make the other accept its political will. We should remember that and get back to basics in Afghanistan. Our leaders must remind us that war always offers only two choices, bad and worse."

All true, and nobody understands this better than the young men and women the nation sends to fight the necessary war. Nobody hates war more than the man sent to die in it, as Douglas MacArthur reminded us. Such men have to believe in something, men who count life a light thing to lay down in defense of their country. They are driven by a faith in God and country that many of the men and women in Mr. Obama's base know nothing of, and ridicule those driven by it. The men of war must believe that their commander in chief shares their faith, or will not cheerfully follow him.

President Obama gave his troops a gift in Oslo. Now if he would only pay attention when Experience tells the class to turn to the chapter on economics.

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