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 July 26, 2013/ 19 Menachem-Av, 5773

Show some appreciation for the new prince

By John Kass

John Kass

JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Royal baby haters.

They're out there. They're everywhere.

And with the birth of the beautiful royal baby boy in England the other day to the lovely Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, a horde of royal baby haters have been revealed, venting their anti-royalist spleens.

"I don't hate the royal baby," said a fellow of Irish extraction with the middle names Thomas Aquinas Francis Xavier. "Not the baby. The baby's fine. It's the royal part I don't like."

Ah, but you can't pick and choose and make complicated arguments about kings and democracy. You must take a side.

Either you're with the royal baby or you're against him. I'm with him. And if you're not with me, you're against me, and therefore a hater and perhaps even stupid.

That's how we roll in the American media.

The hustler Al Sharpton is against the royal baby. He mocked the child on the official anti-royal baby news network, MSNBC. Sharpton went so far as to offer the little prince a onesie emblazoned with the logo of his television show. Then he held up a blueberry pie.

"We hope he wears this as he's watching us," Sharpton said. "And I have a blueberry pie for his parents."

Why a pie? And why blueberry? Is the House of Windsor particularly fond of blueberries?

A Russian politician also got involved, predicting that the royal baby will grow to amass great power and eventually suck their blood sometime around the year 2050.

That's right, suck their blood.

This wild claim was likely abetted by the British papers mentioning that one of the child's ancestors is Vlad the Impaler, the legendary warrior who was the foundation of the Dracula vampire myth.

To make matters worse, my colleague Old School decided to watch "The Omen" to prepare himself for the blessed royal event. The original one, with Lee Remick and the chubby devil kid. Old School was scared.

"It's all that power and wealth and privilege," he said. "And Megiddo and the city of Jezreel and the priest. I knew what would happen but it scared the heck out of me anyway. Besides, you told me to watch it."

Yes, I did. In preparation for the birth of the royal, I did ask Old School to watch "The Omen." My bad.

Now, I confess, I was something of a royal baby hater myself and I asked this question on Facebook: What's worse? Sushi Mondays or the royal baby?

But I've evolved. My wife, Betty, cured me.

"I'm telling you this," she said, as if issuing a proclamation. "Do not mock that baby. And do not mock Kate Middleton, either."

I won't, honey. I promise.

There's nothing more zealous than a royal baby convert. That's why I'm so livid about those hateful tweets.

"I don't care about the royal baby," tweeted @HughesJack, "such a bunch of overexaggerated crap. Ugh."

"Don't care about the royal baby," tweeted @JamesSisterson, "in fact, I'm going to tweet, expressing my non-care, just in case people thought I did care. Which I don't."

There are others much too vulgar to mention here. Yet in the face of all this sordid evidence, there are those who still insist on pretending there isn't any royal baby hating going on.

Denials of royal baby hating are not only insulting, they feed the animus. And we royal baby story lovers don't like it.

"I'm not some royal baby hater," insisted a guy outside Tribune Tower. "Really, I'm not."

In the passive-aggressive manner of most royal baby haters, he tried to explain it with obscure phrases nobody in America really understands, phrases like "the Republic" and "democracy" and "the Declaration of Independence" and "the Constitution."

"The never-ending news coverage is making me sick," said the guy. "Aren't we past the time of kings? We're Americans, we're about democracy, we don't believe in divine right of kings. And then all the gushing coverage, royal baby this, royal baby that, royal baby, royal baby! And what name will they give the royal baby? It's driving me crazy."

I stared at him and said nothing.

"What?" he said. "What?"

Man, you sound just like some royal baby hater. Stop hating on that little royal baby, dude.

"I just told you! It's more complicated," he said. "You just can't lump me in with the irrational royal baby haters."

Ah, but of course I will lump you in with them. That's the beauty of the media. We have our own magic trick.

It's called the royal baby straw man.

I'll simply take your nuanced arguments about democracy and divine rights and "the Republic" and other smart-aleck stuff like "the Constitution" and lump them right in there with all the stupid, wacky royal baby hater spewings from the Russians and those ugly tweets.

Then guess what happens?

Your nuance disappears and you're pinned like an insect. And if you open your mouth to defend yourself, well, you'll sound just like that other bitter royal baby hater, the Russian Labor Party leader and wacko, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

"That British monarchy … destroyed our state," Zhirinovsky insisted to the state-run news agency RIA Novosti. "That is why the birth of another British monarch, who will suck our blood somewhere in the mid-21st century, cannot bring us any kind of happiness."

Well, the child has brought happiness to many others, including England, the British tourism industry and Mrs. Kass.

So smile, royal baby. Don't listen to the haters.

Be a good son. Be a good king.

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