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 March 8, 2011 / 2 Adar II, 5771

A snowdrift is no place to hide

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | MANCHESTER, N.H.--- Just when the Republicans thought it was safe to hide from the social issues that drive election-day enthusiasm in their front-line troops, here come the glum and cheerless ghosts of gaiety past.

The high-profile Republicans, who either intend to run for president next year or find a place where lightning might strike, are beginning to drift into New Hampshire to take the temperature of a landscape buried under dreary drifts of three feet (and more) of snow. Mitt Romney skiied in over the weekend to speak to 300 Republicans in the tiny resort village of Bartlett, far upstate (as distances are measured in the quaint New England states the size of postage stamps), to introduce his latest revised self.

He tried to avoid the contentious issues that make politics meaningful, particularly the social issues, in his first public appearance of the New Hampshire season, scene of the first presidential primary of 2012. He has a considerable number of subjects to avoid. He gave the social issues shortest shrift, but tried hardest not to talk about the health-care plan he devised when he was the governor of Massachusetts. Romneycare was eerily similar to Obamacare. The Romney plan included the mandate that everybody had to buy insurance - or else. He didn't say he was "brainwashed," exactly, but he called his 2008 campaign, a disaster after his several primary opponents forced him to talk about his health-care scheme, "a humbling experience."

He tried to stick close to the template the Republican establishment has prescribed for 2012, a focus on creating jobs and not talking about the agenda that brought the party to its new prominence. He sneered at Mr. Obama's pursuit of the European model of big and intrusive governments, leading to the swamp where the president has parked the economy. "The president points out that he inherited an economic crisis," he told the diners. "He did, actually, and promptly made it worse.The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. This is the Obama Misery Index, and we're not going to let the American people be fooled."

The president's ideology, fashioned in his early career of stirring up the masses in the company of radicals, some of them violent, makes it foolish to expect good results now. "I like President Obama," Mr. Romney said, "but he doesn't have a clue how jobs are created."

But Mitt Romney does get the clue, as he is wont to remind everyone every time a snowflake falls. He's the man who has met a payroll and he was the man who saved the 2002 winter Olympics in Utah when no one else could.

It's the squeamish social issues that make Mr. Romney's teeth itch. Who can blame him? He went missing when President Obama and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced last month that as far as they're concerned the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional. They won't any longer defend it. (Who needs the Supreme Court to determine what's constitutional or not?)

Mr. Romney couldn't bring himself to say much about that remarkable decision beyond civics-class boilerplate that the president has a constitutional duty to enforce the nation's laws. Not so long ago he was asked by a television interviewer whether he supported repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and he fell back to a vague endorsement of John McCain's opposition to repeal.

He's trying now to get lost in the ranks of the usual Republican retreat from the sound of the guns. Haley Barbour, the affable mushmouth cornbread-and-butterbeans governor of Mississippi, and Newt Gingrich, the professorial motormouth former speaker of the House, fell unaccountably silent during the debate over "don't ask, don't tell," except for a tweet (or was that a squeak?) mildly criticizing the president for dereliction of duty. Other clues abound. The chairmen of both the Republican Senate and House campaign committees are helping to raise money to finance a more prominent role for gay activists in the party.

But Messrs Romney, Barbour, Gingrich and the other players will likely find New Hampshire a place where they can't hide. Two pieces of legislation have been introduced in the New Hampshire legislature to repeal the state law permitting same-sex marriage. One bill would prevent such state-sanctioned ceremonies, the other would prevent the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. Votes would likely be required in the opening weeks of the presidential primary campaign next year, smoking out candidates cowering behind aides and euphemisms. A final vote could even be taken on St. Valentine's Day, an ironic date for Mitt Romney and fickle Republican lovers to inscribe on their dance cards.

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