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 May 4, 2010 / 20 Iyar 5770

Old Blighty gets a taste of hopey-changey time

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Britain gave us Twiggy (remember her?) and the Beatles and this week it's payback time. We're returning the favor with the slap and dash of an American presidential election. Old Blighty is awash in endless public-opinion polls, televised debates taking the measure of the candidates' cosmetics, celebrity endorsements, dramatic gaffes and a media-manufactured cry for some of Barack Obama's hopey-changey.

The three-way race ends Thursday when voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland decide whether to sack Gordon Brown and the Labor Party, and if so whether to replace him with David Cameron and the Conservatives or Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. The late polls show the Conservatives out front and inching toward a slender majority.

Mr. Clegg and the Liberal Democrats are trying to run in the shrinking shadow of President Obama, with Mr. Clegg quoting the president endlessly and inviting deferential comparisons, but in the end he may be remembered by the political junkies and groupies only as a British equivalent of Ross Perot or John Anderson, someone who briefly tickled the body politic and then disappeared on the first post-election breeze.

Britain, like America, has come on hard times in the search for a bold, strong leader with an understanding of the tides of history and an appreciation of what it takes to master those tides. Anyone looking for Maggie Thatcher on the English hustings will be as disappointed as someone who looked for a Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan in America two years ago.

But for the Thatcher interlude, British voters have been looking for a way to retreat into "Little England" for years, many of them imagining that playing second fiddle to the Germans and the French would make sweet music rain down on Europe. Nick Clegg, an unlikely Englishman, appeals to the British voters who yearn to be European, and want Britain to move into a closer embrace of the bureaucrats in Brussels. Mr. Clegg's ancestry is Dutch and Russian; his wife is Spanish and their three children have Spanish names. It's impolite to mention Trafalgar at the Clegg dinner table.

Since there's no Hollywood in "the sceptr'd isle," Mr. Clegg's coterie of glam endorsers must be recruited elsewhere. The list includes actor Colin Firth, celebrity ex-wife Bianca Jagger and Richard Dawkins, the scientist trying to be the Billy Graham of atheism. Despite such star power, Mr. Clegg is fading, like Ross Perot in America, as the actual election approaches and reality intrudes, as it inevitably does. With the election only 72 hours away, Mr. Clegg is sounding a loser's lament: "David Cameron, with breathtaking arrogance, is already measuring up the curtains for No. 10 Downing Street, before you have even voted."

Letter from JWR publisher

As unlikely an Englishman as Nick Clegg may be, David Cameron is the perfect extrusion of soft damp plastic. He's a onetime public-relations executive, the son of wealthy parents, and exudes the rehearsed sincerity of the manufactured politician. Continuing the American campaign model, he offers "key Conservative goals" of cleaning up politics, encouraging economic growth and resolving "social problems." Who could argued with that? Naturally he calls this his "Contract With Voters." Newt Gingrich and the Republicans may have a credible copyright infringement law suit.

Gordon Brown scoffs that such a "contract" is just clever rhetoric — a "con trick" — but the prime minister is still reeling from his off-camera but on-microphone description of a nice widow, who asked him a question about immigration, as a "bigot." The nice widow was actually talking about blue-eyed Polish immigrants taking jobs she thinks blue-eyed Englishmen should have, but "bigot" has become the all-purpose default epithet applied to anyone who dissents from the politically correct, and Mr. Brown, a practicing Presbyterian, is paying the price. He went to the widow's home to deliver his apology as "a penitent sinner," but the damage was done.

If there's no clear parliamentary majority after the Thursday vote there will be what the British call "a hung Parliament," and the prime minister from whatever coalition can be put together will hold a weakened hand. This, some analysts suggest, will further weaken the "special relationship" between the Americans and the British forged during World War II and continued during the Cold War. This is the special relationship gleefully damaged by Barack Obama in his first days in the White House, when he made a point of sending home a borrowed bust of Winston Churchill that had been prominently displayed in the White House for decades. But the bond between "a common people divided by a common language" is likely to survive mere elections. It always has.

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