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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 Feb. 21, 2008 / 15 Adar I 5768

Time for a ‘Jewish Mother’ President

by Judy Gruen

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This Member Of the Tribe has a platform unlike anybody else!

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. It's a little late in the game, but frankly, I got fed up with all those specious claims that this has been a historically diverse election. Sure, we've had a Mormon, a Baptist minister, a Catholic, and various other Christians running for president, including one who, according to some reports, has attended a Muslim madrasa. We've also had a woman candidate, candidates with poufy, pretty hair, candidates with thinning hair, candidates who were once so poor they lived in their cars (or claimed to) and candidates so rich they could blithely plunk down $40 million of their own money on their campaigns.

But this election will not truly look like America, will not transcend the petty partisan politics of the past, without a Jewish mother candidate. Yes, running for president will complicate my schedule for the next many months, but who better to make sacrifices than a Jewish mother? Therefore, I am throwing my hat into the ring. (Not the really beautiful burnt sienna floral hat - I'm saving that for taking the oath of office.)

I acknowledge that I have several disadvantages as a presidential candidate. For one, my father never worked in a steel mill. Second, I am vertically challenged, and the conventional wisdom is that the tallest candidate usually wins. This means that at this point, I could only beat Dennis Kucinich. Finally, my campaign war chest only has $312.87. But this campaign is about hope and optimism, about people shouting "Yes we can!" Well, I can shout too!

You may ask, what do I stand for? What experience do I have? Here, in brief, are some of my qualifications and policy plans as the nominee of the Maven Party:

Federal budget: I am better qualified to tame our bloated federal budget than anyone. Other candidates may talk a good game of getting rid of "pork," (you should pardon the expression) but only a president with three sets of dishes in the White House can swear to excise anything that oinks from spending bills that cross my desk. Similarly, launching an insurgency candidacy at this stage has saved my campaign at least $120 million. This is exactly the kind of fiscal discipline I will bring to the Oval Office.

Tax policy: I will cut taxes for every income level, and give tax credits for proven charitable donations and Botox treatments in women over 40. Billionaires like Warren Buffet who feel taxes are not high enough will receive pre-printed envelopes with the address of the Internal Revenue Service so they can make voluntary contributions. Be my guest, Warren.

Foreign policy: Don't be fooled by my total lack of government experience. Maybe if Condi Rice or Madeline Albright had raised three boys and one girl very close in age who spent the first dozen years of their lives trying to reenact ancient biblical fraternal feuds, maybe they would have learned a thing or two about political diplomacy. Believe me, if I managed to keep bloodshed from spilling around here, I can do it anywhere.

Israel: Read my lips: Anyone who aims a threatening weapon at Israel is toast.

Health care: Too many Americans lack coverage, I realize, so I will introduce legislation that will require three-quarter-inch sleeves on all new women's and girls' blouses beginning in 2009. This will reduce the incidence of colds and flu, thus reducing needless trips to the doctor. My economic advisors estimate that adding to clothing coverage will reduce overall health care costs by up to $23 billion by 2112. Also, if everyone would just listen to me and eat more green vegetables, we'd all get sick less.

Global Warming: I'm always cold, so I for one would welcome this trend.

Education: My plan will require special retraining of U.S. schoolchildren to only use the word "like" when they mean to convey that a) something is similar to something else or b) that they admire or approve of something. Schools that don't help in eradicating this verbal tic among the nation's youth will lose federal funding.

Marriage: I fully support a federal marriage amendment that states that marriage is an institution of one man, one woman, one minivan, children (if possible) and separate checking accounts. This is a safeguard to preserve the harmony of all marriages.

So there you have it, my Maven platform in a nutshell. I am prepared to face hecklers for some of my more controversial positions. But this doesn't scare me - I have teenagers. I am vetted and tested and can repeat the words "Yes we can!" over and over. So I'll see you on the campaign trail, energizing my base and glad handing (at least the women) in pancake houses around the country. Which reminds me: What am I going to eat on the campaign trail?

In lieu of supporting her presidential campaign, Judy Gruen welcomes your support of her latest book, "The Women's Daily Irony Supplement". To purchase it at a discount, please click here. You can read more of her work on www.judygruen.com.

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© 2008, Judy Gruen