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 11, 2014 / 11 Nissan, 5774

At Last, the Season of Hope

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal.

The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt.

Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged the timing of his latest approach to talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Negotiations are meant to continue until the end of April, but both Arab and Jew share only pessimism. Mr. Kerry was correct for once when he said it's time for "a reality check" — and it's his reality that needs the check.

Critics, analysts and observers — no shortage there — blame both sides for failing to forge a peace and for not living together side by side as civilized people everywhere must do. But realistic negotiations are impossible when one side disputes the other side's right even to exist. Arab countries have denied that fundamental right of the Jews since Israel proclaimed itself a nation in 1948. Mahmoud Abbas defiantly offers that same unrealistic stance now.

When Israel gave back land to Egypt that it won in the 1967 war and the two nations recognized each other, Anwar Sadat, the brave Egyptian president responsible for that breakthrough, paid with his life, taken by an Egyptian assassin.

Now, Mr. Abbas, a small player with a big problem, not only refuses to accept Israel's right to live, but abandons the peace talks to persuade various agencies at the United Nations, always hostile to the Jews, to get the recognition he wants. He breaks agreements signed by Palestinians in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

No one imagines that resolving the anger and hostility between Israel and the Palestinians will be easy, but the history of the region, from the moment the United Nations voted to recognize Israel, reveals the terrible miscalculation of the Arabs.

The day after the state of Israel was proclaimed, on May 14, 1948, five Arab nations — Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon — invaded the tiny Jewish state. Israel defeated them all, and when the war was over, Israel had more land than when the fighting began.

It doesn't have to be that way. Once there was a realistic dream that Arabs and Jews could flourish together. In 1919, the man who would become King Faisal I of Syria, which the British then expanded to include Iraq, expressed support for a national home for the Jews in Palestine. In a new book, "Faisal I of Iraq," Ali A. Allawi quotes the king as saying: "No true Arab can be suspicious or afraid of Jewish nationalism. ... We are demanding Arab freedom, and we would show ourselves unworthy of it, if we did not now, as I do, say to the Jews: Welcome back home."

King Faisal wrote a letter to Felix Frankfurter, a dedicated Zionist who later became an influential justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, to express his confidence that peace could descend on the Middle East: "We feel the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race, suffered similar oppressions at the hands of powers stronger than themselves. ... The Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement."

There are various interpretations of Faisal's overtures. Perhaps he wanted to tap into Jewish influence and money, needed to establish an independent Arab state. He understood how Arabs aligned with the Jews could advance prosperity for all.

But constructive patriotism gave way to destructive nationalism, unleashing fierce anti-Semitism and unrelenting hatred for the very idea of a Jewish state. The rest of the world would hold Israel to a higher standard of behavior.

Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor, tells Newsmax that Israeli "imperfections and deserved criticism cannot even begin to explain, much less justify, the disproportionate hatred directed against the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the disproportionate silence regarding the far greater imperfections and deserved criticism of other nations and groups — including the Palestinians."

Reality often intrudes on the most precious hopes of men and women of good will, and King Faisal's dream of Arabs and Jews as cousins working together to create a modern Middle East was not to be.

Nevertheless, this is the season of hope and renewal. The first brave flowers of spring, after all, usually must push their way through a carpet of melting snow. But we must keep hope alive.

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