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 Dec. 16, 2011 20 Kislev, 5772

Newt the Historian

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Newt Gingrich is a fat target for everyone. So easy to hit. He makes the others in the race jump up, down and sometimes leap sideways, like it or not. He shakes things up. He forces voters to look differently at things they thought they already understood, lulled by habit rather than thought. That may not be the ultimate role for a leader of the Western world, but for now he's the pause that refreshes.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in his relationship to the Jews. When he said the Palestinians are "an invented people," he was speaking not as a politician but as a historian, drawing a strong contrast with the Israelis, whose 3,000-year-old culture ties them to each other and to the land they inhabit.

There's room to argue about how most of the nations of the Middle East (and elsewhere) established their national boundaries. But in his offhand remark about the Palestinians, Newt by implication put in historic perspective the call for a Palestinian state. This was also a call to look again at Israel, to remind the world of its history and the outrageous and destructive behavior of its Arab neighbors who refuse to recognize Israel's long history and its links to the land — and its right to exist there.

In contrast, "Palestine" was a region, like New England, neither a state nor a people in a fixed place. Until recently, no one talked about a Palestinian state. That came in 1964 with the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which was, as David Horowitz reminds us in FrontPage magazine, "engineered by the KGB and the Jew-hating dictator of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser."

Newt reinforced the accuracy of his observation at the recent Republican debate in Iowa, putting it in a contemporary political perspective.

"We are in a situation where every day rockets are fired into Israel while the United States — the current administration — tries to pressure the Israelis into a peace process," he said. "It's fundamentally the time for somebody to have the guts to say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East.'"

Newt's appreciative understanding of the plight of Israel forces reflection. While Mitt Romney says he agrees with this perception of the terrorism that Israel confronts, he considers Newt's words "incendiary" in a part of the world that is already a "boiling pot." Newt's robust language stands in stark contrast to President Obama's sluggish rhetoric in support of Israel, and will likely rally the religious evangelicals in Iowa, who are among Israel's best friends and strongest supporters.

It's not that Newt is against a negotiated peace settlement, but as one of his spokesmen says, "You have to understand decades of complex history." That's exactly what the Obama administration lacks.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, which established the enduring English-speaking biblical link with Western culture. Newt's history lesson is a challenge to look again at the way the country of the Israelites (as the King James Bible poetically calls the Jews) is significant to our own past in a way that Palestine is not.

A new book about the Jews cuts through the current fads of multiculturalism to demonstrate the important contributions of an inherited culture. In "The People of the Book," Gertrude Himmelfarb shows how the foundation of modern English culture is rooted in the Bible, the largest part of which, the Torah, is holy to the Jews, and that it was the King James Version that created a Renaissance in England that was as profound as the revival of classical learning on the continent.

While the author's intention is partially to examine English "philosemitism," which runs counter to the strain of anti-Semitism in contemporary England, she identifies the cultural antecedents in the Jewish religion. These antecedents sharply contrast to the Middle Eastern culture, which is so dependent on the Quran, a book fundamentally at odds with the message in both the Hebrew and Christian Bible.

History, as Newt knows, is rich with many lessons. Himmelfarb recalls that Arthur Balfour, David Lloyd George's foreign secretary and the man responsible for the declaration on which Israeli independence is based, looked to his "Old Testament training" to justify his Zionist leanings as moral, buttressing the intellectual and political arguments. He was convinced that he could not ignore history and that the Jewish people, who were homeless, should be restored to their biblicAL home. This was no recent invention.

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