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 11, 2012/ 18 Iyar, 5772

Creepy-crawlies for the evolved Obama

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama, now fully evolved, is once more the rage of the demimonde. All it took was for him to man up, to acknowledge what everyone already knows the president thinks about "gay sex."

This is "sex" loosely defined, of course, since most people do not associate the terminus of the alimentary canal with poetry and romance, and not so long ago we did not look to politicians, even presidents, for moral guidance. But who needs such guidance when we have presidents, celebrities and media notabilities as models -- now that we're unbound by morality, religious faith and ancient tradition?

That celebrated creepy-crawlie that often wanders up Chris Matthews' leg has jumped to another network, where the celebration of the president's coming-out party, such as it was, continues without surcease. "Whatever people think about this issue," said George Stephanopoulos, co-host of the ABC-TV morning talk-show, "there's no denying when a president speaks out for the first time like that, it is history."

Replied Robin Roberts, his co-host and partner in grime: "And let me tell you, George, I'm getting chills again. When you sit in that room and you hear him say those historic words . . . You never know what he's going to say until you ask him." (Yogi Berra might have said it better: You can hear a lot by listening, just as you can see a lot by watching.)

For these media aspirants to the intellectual aristocracy, Mr. Obama's "historic" assurance that he has become fully evolved ranks with FDR's address to the nation on the day after Pearl Harbor ("a date which will live in infamy"), with Lincoln's Gettysburg Address ("of the people, by the people, for the people") and Winston Churchill's tribute to the Royal Air Force ("never have so many owed so much to so few").

Lost in the gay abandon of happy hysteria in the wake of media chilblains, one gay journalist or a fairly cheerful journalist, anyway reprises Freud's famous question asking what women want: What do the homosexually gifted want?

Writes Nathaniel Frank in Salon, an Internet journal: "Barack Obama has supported repealing 'don't ask, don't tell,' adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the federal hate-crimes law, passing a federal law to ban anti-gay employment discrimination, and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. Why does it matter so much, then, that [Mr. Obama] supports the freedom of same-sex couples to marry? Why is this the all-important seal of approval gay people have been waiting for?"

Why indeed? What else can Mr. Obama, who no longer carries much moral weight, if he ever did, actually do to further promote gaiety? The moral imprimatur that homosexuals seek is the endorsement from the larger culture, of the straight, sober society that lives beyond gay-pride parades with their outlandish prancing and eight-foot papier-mache penises meant to taunt those whose approval they secretly want most.

Such approval is beyond the power of presidents, whether Barack Obama or Bill Clinton, to confer. The landslide of disdain for same-sex marriage in North Carolina, the 30thstate in a row to give such rebuke, demonstrates just how far the gays still have to go to overturn centuries of rejection and scorn of homosexual behavior. No hate-crime law, even if it makes disapproval and scorn a capital crime, will change that. Neither will media rants and celebrity insults of religious belief and moral conviction.

Nothing could have angered the straight majority more than the mockery of marriage, the lasting foundation of an ordered, sober society. The very language of the rites of marriage is spoken in tribute to the unique union of one man, one woman. (You could look it up.) This anger will not be assuaged by a hundred hate-crime laws or a thousand lectures on ethics and morality from the unethical or the famously immoral. This is the reality that might be changed by demographics, as the mature die to be replaced by young people who have grown up in an amoral society. Or young people might mature in ways they do not expect. Who among the fogies hold to all the notions of their barefoot years? No one is immune to evolving, after all.

President Obama's evolution was obviously difficult. But he had the example of Joe Biden, and like Jimmy Carter seeking advice on nuclear disarmament from his daughter Amy, then 13, he says he looked to his own teenage daughters for moral tutelage. Only then could he find evolutionary completion. Evolution does not ordinarily run backward, from one generation to the one before it. This would confound Charles Darwin, but Mr. Obama, after all, is The One. He says so himself.

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