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 16, 2014 / 18 Tammuz, 5774

Skip the kumbaya. Let's wish for a more stable world

By Jay Ambrose

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The world is lately an unstable mess, as crazily off balance as at anytime in the past three and a half decades, says a recent front-page story in The Wall Street Journal, and it's clearly, frighteningly true.

Look at the Middle East and you see bloody conflict in Iraq and Syria and escalating missile exchanges between Israel and Hamas. Look at Eastern Europe and you see Ukraine trying to defend itself from pro-Russian rebels. Look at Asia and you see China telling its neighbors that their territory is its territory and they'd better back up or else.

We could add any number of other hugely upsetting situations. The question is what's going on, and one obvious answer is that all kinds of forces are at work.

In a column in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman shows how droughts, Internet communications and the end of the Cold War have been among the natural, technological, historical and other major influences playing large, specific roles in the events we are witnessing. It's complicated and cannot be reduced to one personality, such as that of President Barack Obama, he tells us even as he admits U.S. flubs, and, up to a point, he has a point.

But it's hardly new that the world is subject to sweeping changes that then perplex leaders who nevertheless sometimes respond valiantly, wisely and effectively. They may not make the world purr, but shove back at the worst, keeping it more in hand than it would have been. Despite some genuinely good moves here and there, that's not what we are mostly seeing from Obama.

Notwithstanding occasional rhetoric to the contrary, it's almost as if he regrets we are a major power, sees fulfilling at least some of his implied responsibilities as misdeeds and, at any rate, would rather give politically divisive speeches at fundraisers. That's occupied his precious time to the extent of 74 of them this past year, reports the Washington Post, and that's not a trivial observation. It's is scarily symbolic of what sometimes seems a retreat from duty.

Specific policy miscalculations signaling the same conclusion have been well-rehearsed by his critics, but at least a few deserve mention.

Perhaps wrongheadedly, he told Syria there would be "enormous" military consequences if it crossed a red line. Syria crossed it, there were no such consequences and the message was not to worry about Obama's warnings.

He just maybe could have shortened the Syrian war and helped the relatively moderate forces in that country come to power through more military aid early on, but didn't.

If he had left maybe 20,000 occupying forces in Iraq — as in fact many experts say he could have — it is far less likely that country would now be in upheaval.

Another bad message: reducing the military at this time as much as says to every rival out there to fret less about causing trouble.

I sometimes wonder about Obama's kibitzing aides. It was bad enough to send U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice out with what appears a misbegotten tale for national TV audiences after the Benghazi murders. But considering the backlash, it was on the order of insanity to send Rice, currently the national security advisor, out on a similar mission to explain the release of five big-time terrorists in a prisoner swap that quickly turned controversial.

I also sometimes wonder about his speech writers. In his address about foreign policy strategy at the West Point graduation in May, Obama made a major point about how it is not always right to use military force in every difficult situation. Of course not. Who is saying so?

Mostly I wonder about Obama himself. He is super bright and has his moments, but more and more seems utterly miscast as president, especially considering the multiple forces banging away at world stability with too much unmediated success.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.