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 28, 2014 / 28 Nissan, 5774

Obama's fishy Asian adventure

By Wesley Pruden

JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama is in Asia, for those who remember him, and it hasn't been a great week for either his administration or his family. He might be tempted to stay there.

Eric Holder was more or less disinvited to speak to a police academy commencement in Oklahoma City, where a state representative wants Congress to impeach him. The school board in Topeka canceled the first lady's speech to a joint high-school graduation ceremony, and after a controversy arranged a smaller stage for her, leaving the five high schools to their own ceremonies. The kids will get the big day they and their families have been anticipating for 12 years, after all.

The president, meanwhile, was forced by protocol and good manners to eat raw fish in Tokyo. He had the good sense to move a few pieces of the sushi around on his plate, trying to hide it under the lettuce, before it went back to the kitchen, but not before someone noticed that he had eaten only half of it.

Like all presidents under siege in their second terms, Mr. Obama flew off to the land beyond Suez, where Kipling said "the best is like the worst," searching for friendly faces and kind words. What he's finding, in conversations after the strange food is put away, is a desperate need for reassurance — or as Sen. Marco Rubio puts it, a plea to "reassure, reassure, reassure."

Asia is no longer Kipling's Asia, but a region fast growing in the shadow of an aggressive and greedy China. "When China spits," as the old saying goes, "Asia swims," and that was before China became the economic colossus.

Now China is projecting its considerable spit, and the swimmers are looking nervously to Mr. Obama, watching his reluctance to lead in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, and his deference to Vladimir Putin in the Crimea and Ukraine. One of the telling early messages from Japan was the photograph of Mr. Obama doing his usual obeisant bowing to everyone in sight, this time to a mechanical robot in Japan.

The friendly allies in Asia are flattered by the attention from an American president — old traditions survive even indifference and incompetence — but Asians are confused and dismayed by the lack of American toughness to back up the pretty rhetoric. Reassurance becomes real only with actual progress, particularly on trade and meaningful promises of security.

The president's trip, with the expenditure of all that aviation fuel and the costs of the enormous tail of a presidential retinue, will be worth it, says Mr. Rubio, if the president shows authentic leadership on trade. Mr. Rubio, who recently returned from a similar trip to Asia, says he saw firsthand the impact of trade on the economies of both the allies and the United States.

"The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, despite some issues with implementation, has been a great success, and once the Trans-Pacific Partnership is concluded and other interested nations are able to join, it will allow us to further unite our economies, creating commerce and business opportunities for millions throughout North America, South America and Asia."

Hovering over everything on the president's trip is the shadow of the place that is not on his itinerary this time. China is the rhinoceros in the courtyard, and the president could surprise and please his Asian hosts by speaking frankly about the U.S.-China relationship, and where it goes from here as the Chinese flex their growing muscle.

The Asians, like the Americans at home, are perplexed by the administration's rhetoric. Does talk of "a new model of major-power relations" mean Mr. Obama now intends to negotiate with Beijing without America's allies in the region? Inquiring minds want to know.

Inquiring minds must expect to be disappointed, short of an Obama epiphany. The president's epiphanies, alas, are usually sad ones. He's fond of evolving, but his evolutions and his "pivots" rarely go anywhere good. Three years ago he "pivoted" to Asia from the Middle East, and Syria, Iran, Crimea and Ukraine jerked him back to the harsh realities that he always tries to avoid.

If he can't fix it with a speech, the president retreats into the comfortable assumption that it's something that ain't broke.

Susan Rice, the president's national security adviser, was asked to explain what the president hoped to accomplish on his Asian adventure. "This is a positive trip with a positive agenda," she said, " a cornerstone of our global engagement ." More pretty words, like something her boss would say. They taste like more dead fish.

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