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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

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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

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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 Dec. 28, 2003 / 4 Teves, 5764

Urban Legends of Vermont

By Jonathan Tobin

Overreaction to Dean's loose tongue shouldn't stifle questions about candidate's stands | The first time I ever saw Howard Dean, he was looking very lonely. The occasion was the first presidential candidates debate in 1996, when the dead-in-the-water Bob Dole faced off in Hartford, Conn., with President Clinton. After the debate, I spent a couple of hours in "Spin Alley," an open area in the huge press room where luminaries from the major parties, including the t hen little-known governor of Vermont, gathered to give their impressions about the event we just witnessed.

The Democrats had the idea of having each of their celebrity spinners accompanied by an aide, who held a sign with their man's name so as to alert the media to their presence. But while you had to elbow your way through determined throngs of scribblers to get nose to nose with various governors, senators and members of the Cabinet present, the path to the governor of the Green Mountain State was open.

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Dean's aide waved his sign in vain, but few, if any, members of the media cared to talk to him that night, leaving the scrappy physician-turned-politician on the sidelines, looking as forlorn and frustrated as a wallflower at the junior prom.

No one would have predicted that a little more than seven years later, the same guy who was snubbed by the press corps would be on the verge of becoming the Democratic Party's nominee for president of the United States. Though no votes have yet been cast, right now it appears that the only candidate who can stop the Dean juggernaut is Dean himself.

That's because the candidate's offhand remarks now get the sort of attention he once craved. Dean's candidacy has famously been built on the effective use of the Internet, but that same medium can also be used against him, as his campaign recently found out.

The cause of their concern is a mass e-mail that cites two recent Dean quotes, and concludes that no one who "has any love for America and Israel" could vote for Dean since he has "promised" not to support the Jewish state.

The comments were Dean's assertion that "the United States needs an evenhanded approach in the [Arab-Israeli] conflict," and another where he referred to members of Hamas as "soldiers" in a war against Israel.

The mass distribution of the e-mail was enough to send Dean's campaign into action to counter it and, curiously, even got a response from the Anti-Defamation League and various Jewish Community Relations Councils around the country, agencies that don't normally leap to the defense of political candidates.

The e-mail was roundly denounced as an "urban legend." Dean himself claimed that it must have been the work of Karl Rove, President Bush's political mastermind.

Why all the fuss about an e-mail?

Most of it is driven by the fear shared by many in the Democratic Party that Bush is heading for a far larger share of the Jewish vote next November that any Republican has received since Ronald Reagan back in 1980. The Democrats will need one of their key core constituencies to stay loyal if they are to have a chance to unseat the incumbent.

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But was the e-mail merely partisan propaganda?

The answer is mixed. Dean does now say many of the right things about the enduring nature of the U.S.-Israel relationship, Palestinian terrorism and Israel's right to defend itself. And, for the sake of argument, let's assume that Dean's use of the term "evenhanded" was as innocent as he now claims it to be. But even if we stick with Dean's official policy statements on Israel, some serious questions remain.

Dean claims that on the Israel issue, he will model his presidency on that of Bill Clinton, and thinks Bush has erred at times by allowing the parties to negotiate without U.S. involvement. That would mean a Dean presidency might repeat many of the same mistakes that helped bring about the latest Palestinian terror war and left Israel stranded.

Would Dean, as Clinton did, invite Yasser Arafat to the White House more times than any other foreign leader? Others might ask why he thinks it's so important to use the power of the presidency to create a Palestinian state when he was so reluctant to use U.S. power against Saddam Hussein?

Why did he name as one of his foreign-policy advisers Clyde Prestowitz, an author who advocates ending all U.S. aid to Israel to pressure it to make concessions?

And, most importantly, how will a candidate whose base of support is on the left-wing of the political spectrum — where hostility to Israel is now commonplace — deal with the anti-Israel sentiments expressed by many of his supporters?

The truth is that there are a lot reasons, other than a few stray remarks, to question the direction a Dean presidency might take on the Middle East. And voters who care about Israel — Jews and non-Jews alike — have the responsibility to try and make him answer these questions.

That's not to say that Bush should have a free ride from Jewish voters. Far from it, since Bush has himself, with his road map peace plan, repeated many of the mistakes Clinton made, mistakes he promised not to imitate.

But whether or not you think he has a realistic shot at defeating Bush next November — and I doubt that he does — the focus now must be on pinning down Dean. As he moves toward the nomination, it's time to stop relying on e-mails and spin, and think seriously about what a President Dean might do.

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JWR contributor Jonathan S. Tobin is executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Let him know what you think by clicking here. In June, Mr. Tobin won first places honors in the American Jewish Press Association's Louis Rapaport Award for Excellence in Commentary as well as the Philadelphia Press Association's Media Award for top weekly columnist. Both competitions were for articles written in the year 2002.

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