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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 Oct. 27, 2008 / 28 Tishrei 5769

Biden's right; Obama will be tested, and he'll probably flunk

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Among the first fruits of an Obama presidency will be an international crisis, his running mate said in Seattle last weekend.

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," Sen. Joe Biden said at a fund-raiser. "Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

Sen. Obama's response to the crisis may not seem adequate, Sen. Biden said. "We're going to need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him, because it's not going to be apparent initially, it's not going to be apparent that we're right," he told the Democratic fat cats.

"You all are going to be sitting here a year from now going, 'Oh my G-d, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?" Sen. Biden said. "There are going to be a lot of you who want to go 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision."

This is the most astounding thing a vice presidential candidate has ever said about the top of his ticket during a campaign. But Sen. Biden's remarks drew little attention from many mainstream journalists who are loathe to draw attention to information uncongenial to Sen. Obama's prospects in November.

This may in part be because Sen. Biden is given to saying remarkable things which aren't true: That Franklin Roosevelt (who wasn't elected until 1932) went on television (which didn't go into widespread commercial use until after World War II) to explain the causes of the stock market crash of 1929; that Hezbollah has been driven out of Lebanon; that J-O-B-S is a three letter word. But Sen. Biden was picked for his alleged foreign policy expertise, and he has been receiving classified intelligence briefings.

Jack Kennedy had two foreign policy tests early in his presidency, flunking the first and passing the second.

At their summit meeting in Vienna in June, 1961, Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev concluded Kennedy could be pushed around. The immediate consequence of the summit was the building of the Berlin Wall. In response, President Kennedy made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a jelly doughnut) speech, but otherwise did nothing.

After Kennedy failed to come to the aid of Cuban exiles during the Bay of Pigs invasion, Khruschev concluded he could put ballistic missiles in Cuba. The result was the Cuban missile crisis. This time Kennedy stood firm. The missiles were removed. But we came very close to nuclear war.

What tests might await a President Obama? "I can give you four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Sen. Biden told the Seattle fat cats, mentioning the Middle East and Russia in particular.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Wednesday senior Iranian officials are urging a preemptive strike on Israel, before Israel could launch a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Could this be what prompted Sen. Biden's musings?

When Russia invaded Georgia in August, Sen. Obama's initial response was to urge Russia and its tiny victim of aggression to exercise "restraint." Might Russia invade other neighbors? Ukraine? Azerbaijan?

The implication of Sen. Biden's remarks is that voters will be buying trouble if they choose Sen. Obama in November, because America's enemies are unlikely to "test the mettle" of John McCain.

Mr. Biden, according to Michael Crowley of the New Republic, once suggested to staffers an appropriate response to the 9/11 attacks would be to send a check, "no strings attached" for $200 million to the mullahs in Tehran. So I don't think much of his judgment. But I do think he's right in this instance. A President Obama will be challenged by our enemies, and he'll flinch.

But even if Sen. Biden's prediction is correct, to say such a thing three weeks before an election shows remarkably poor judgment. Having "Slow Joe" a heartbeat away is almost as disconcerting as an Obama presidency.

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