In this issue

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 Jan. 11, 2013/ 29 Teves, 5773

The mastery of Lincoln

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I saw the movie Lincoln a few nights ago. It was based on a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin called Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The actors were terrific and the writing impeccable. If you were looking for blood and guts of Civil War battles or the intricacies of Lincoln's assassination, you would have been disappointed. The blood and guts were auxiliary and Lincoln's murder was anticlimactic. President Lincoln's death was mere reminder of why Lincoln thought it critical to end slavery with as many legal legs as he could muster.

The movie focuses on the political dilemma of passing the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery forever, before the war's end. The urgency of this effort wasn't seen as necessary by many. This made for heavy lifting from the President.

The Emancipation Proclamation, delivered in 1863, didn't free the slaves in the Border States. It was an executive order issued by Lincoln and could have been considered a temporary war measure. Lincoln, in his infinite wisdom, saw this dilemma and acted. He knew he had to get the amendment passed by the House, before the end of the war, and knowingly stalled peace negotiations at the risk of losing votes in his own party. If he didn't, the Southern States may have legally gone right back to slavery and 600,000 Americans would have died for naught. Lincoln forced the vote January 31st, 1865, before the war ended.

Having passed the Senate April 8, 1864, the real challenge was the House.

The movie was politics 101. Many would be surprised at who were fer and agin slavery. The average Obama voter would identify with the Civil War Democrats as the heroes in releasing the slaves. Most would be shocked that every Republican in the House voted for the 13th Amendment and Lincoln, with some assistance, was responsible for wrenching 20 "HELL NO! "--Dem votes and turning them into "yes" votes, most of whom were lame ducks and offered jobs in Lincoln's second term. In the end all Republicans voted for the 13th Amendment and only 23% of the House Dems were yes votes.

What I found most intriguing-other than the superior acting of Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as the radical Republican House leader Thaddeus Stevens was the ascendency of Lincoln to be above the fray, yet in control of it--and he did it in a manner that respected enemies and kept friends in the most urgent of situations.

Here are a few examples of Honest Abe's expertise:

  • President Lincoln knew his Emancipation Proclamation had little chance of being preserved after the war. Either the courts would have overturned it as a wartime declaration or the Southern States would refuse to ratify it.

  • At the same time Lincoln was cajoling 20 Democratic Representatives no votes to change their votes on the 13th Amendment, he had to herd the conservative wing of the Republican Party, who valued peace with the South over abolition. In the end he kept those as "yes" votes by not meeting with the Confederacy until the vote was cast.

  • The President, just beginning his second term after a terrible and costly and war- torn first term, was determined to have a respectful and uniting reconstruction of the South.

  • Lincoln reached over the aisle with a steely determination and soft touch to a group of Democrats largely so racist, they wouldn't consider ending slavery even upon their inevitable defeat and at the cost of saying no to their generous job offers in a second Lincoln Administration.

  • Ironically, Doris Kearns Goodwin and famed director Steven Spielberg are both Democrats and Obama supporters. They are united in praise of a man who had to cajole 20 house Democrats into changing their votes in order to end slavery once and for all.

Without Lincoln's amazing political ploys buoyed by steely effort and gentle touch, slavery would have likely continued, possibly growing back to the human disaster it was before the Civil War.

Lincoln and the Republicans saved the soul of the United States of America.

The true meaning of Lincoln was that he had the opportunity to become a king, but chose to preserve the "Republic for which we stand-one nation, under G0d, indivisible-with liberty and justice for all."

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