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 April 24, 2012/ 2 Iyar, 5772

Why Romney's most effective booster is . . . Obama

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali, then known by his birth name, Cassius Clay, shocked the boxing world by defeating heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Ali used his superior quickness to evade Liston's ponderous punches, and counterpunched so effectively that Liston didn't answer the bell for the 7th round.

The opening rounds of the general election campaign have resembled the Clay-Liston fight. Mitt Romney has counterpunched so effectively Democrats were lying bleeding on the canvas before they knew what hit them.

Within hours after Democratic operative Hilary Rosen said on CNN that Mr. Romney's wife, Ann, a mother of five, "actually never worked a day in her life," Democrats were running from her like scalded dogs.

On a vacation trip in 1983, Seamus, the Romney family dog, rode in a crate on top of their station wagon. Democrats hyped this as evidence of Mr. Romney's "insensitivity." As a boy in Indonesia, Barack Obama ate dog, he said in his autobiography. The Romney team pounced.

"One tweet from an iPad, and the Romney campaign had knocked back five years of dog stories," wrote Dave Weigel of Slate with grudging admiration.

Twice in as many weeks, the Romney team turned Democrat attacks against them. I expect this to happen again and again.

With no achievements to tout, Democrats feel they must run down the other guys. A CBS/New York Times poll last week indicated 42 percent of Americans like Mr. Obama personally, but only 29 percent like Mitt Romney, so Democrats think personal attacks on Mr. Romney will work.

But when a president seeks a second term, the election is a referendum on his performance in office. The president's percentage of the popular vote tracks closely with his job approval, noted psephologist Sean Trende.

Americans give Mr. Obama such low marks on job performance that Washington Post political analyst Ed Rogers thinks "a serious challenge for the Romney campaign will be how to stay out of the way while Obama loses."

The president's numbers will improve if the economy does, but it is getting weaker. So Democrats double down on personal attacks. Their strategy is doomed.

Mr. Romney's low personal approval rating is chiefly the residual effect of a nasty primary campaign. It will dissipate as Republicans consolidate around their nominee. Mr. Obama's rating will drop. Personal approval and job approval tend to converge, because if you don't like what a president is doing, you tend not to like him much, either. And instead of attacking Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, Mr. Romney will run ads criticizing the president.

Mr. Obama's campaign strategy will accelerate the drop. In Michigan Wednesday (4/18), he said: "Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

This strikes Americans as more petulant than presidential.

The more the president talks about Mr. Romney, and the less he talks about the issues which concern Americans, the more he seems out of touch, in over his head.

But Democrats are so accustomed to turning every issue into a personal attack they can't stop, even when its counterproductive. To mix sports metaphors, Democrats are like a football team that runs the same play over and over, without regard to down and distance.

Early indications are a strategy of distract and smear won't work against Mitt Romney.

He counterpunches fast and hard, and then returns swiftly to the issues Americans care about.

Because he knows Americans don't have to like him to vote for him, or dislike President Obama to vote against him, Mr. Romney focuses like a laser on competence. He uses effectively the contrast between Mr. Obama's words in 2008 and his subsequent deeds to make his points. He doesn't call the president names. He acts like the grownup in the race.

Even in polls which oversample Democrats, Mr. Romney already runs even with the president. The whopping 10 point advantage the GOP enjoyed last Monday (4/16) in Rasmussen's generic Congressional poll indicates Republicans are more popular (or Democrats less popular) now than on the eve of the Republican landslide in 2010.

In every election but one (2004) since 1964, undecideds have broken heavily toward the challenger. It's early yet, but the signs indicate Mr. Romney will win, and win big.

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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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