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 Feb 28, 2012/ 5 Adar, 5772

Admit defeat during an election year? Obama DOES have an understandable foreign policy

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We must withdraw all our military and aid personnel from Afghanistan before the Obama administration's groveling gets more of them killed.

Rioting broke out across Afghanistan after U.S. troops inadvertently burned Korans in a garbage pit at Bagram Air Force Base a week ago Monday (2/20). At least 30 people -- four of them U.S. servicemen -- have been killed since the rioting began.

The Korans were part of materials taken from the library at the Parwan detention facility adjacent to Bagram AFB. They were ordered destroyed after it was learned that terrorists held there were exchanging messages by writing in the books.

The books were written in Dari and Pashtun. The U.S. troops who were told to destroy them had no idea there were Korans among them.

"The Quran is the most sacred object in the daily lives of Muslims and burning it is considered an offense against G0d," noted the Associated Press. "Muslims can only dispose of Qurans in very specific ways, including burning or burying those that have been damaged or corrupted to prevent G0d's word from being defiled."

Muslims are selective about expressing indignation over improper disposal of their holy book. Each year thousands of Korans are dumped in a sewage canal in Lahore, Pakistan, according to a Pakistani news broadcast posted on Youtube last Oct. 22. Apparently some of the locals use them for toilet paper.

As soon as the mistake was discovered, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan apologized. "It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam," said Marine Gen. John Allen. "It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it we immediately stopped and we intervened."

There the matter should have rested. But Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also issued a public apology, and President Barack Obama sent a letter of apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. A deputy defense secretary apologized at a mosque in Sterling, Va. Friday.

Serial obsequiousness has not mollified the Afghans. Two U.S. officers were murdered inside the Afghan Interior Ministry Saturday by an Afghan police intelligence officer.

Seven U.S. servicemen were injured Sunday when grenades were thrown at their base.

The administration's groveling "whets the appetite" for violence because it signals weakness and fear, said columnist Charles Krauthammer. "People love to see America on its knees."

President Karzai has demanded that the U.S. military personnel responsible for the Koran burning be put on trial, even though he acknowledges it was a mistake. He has not apologized for the treacherous murder of U.S. soldiers by his government's military and police. Nearly 200 Coalition members have been killed or wounded in nearly 50 documented attacks by members of Afghan security forces, according to war correspondent and former Green Beret Michael Yon.

The murders of NATO troops by Afghan troops "do not represent rare and isolated events," according to an Army study released last May. The "rapidly growing fratricide-murder trend" by Afghan security personnel confirms the "ineffectiveness" of NATO policy, "A Crisis of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility" concluded. The study swiftly was classified, presumably because it conflicted with the administration's happy talk.

But the truth is getting harder to conceal.

We were right to go into Afghanistan after 9/11 to oust the Taliban, because it had sheltered al Qaida. But staying after we had done so was the height of folly. Afghan society is so backward and violent the chances of "nation-building" succeeding there were infinitesimally small, no matter how long we stayed our how much money we spent.

We see how little gratitude there is for the aid we've already provided.

Mission Impossible also has been Mission Pointless. Afghanistan is a cultural backwater largely because it is so geographically isolated. Al Qaida long ago decamped for countries with better access to targets in the West.

Pulling out now would be admitting defeat, which is the administration is loathe to do in an election year. But Mr. Obama has sought peace talks with the Taliban, to be "moderated" by a senior cleric of the Muslim Brotherhood -- which suggests he was planning to get out quietly once the election is safely past. Maintaining the charade for another eight months is not worth the blood of a single American soldier.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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