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 15, 2012/ 23 Iyar, 5772

Navigating past the 'ick factor'

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This is not what Barack Obama expected for a coming-out party. The "historic" revelation that he is now fully evolved, as from tadpole to frog, and now grooves on same-sex marriage, was meant to be marked with quiet ceremony. No music, no flowers, no kiss, no dancing, not even a cupcake.

Rage and outrage over same-sex marriage would take everybody's mind off the dreary economy, which whimpers on. Everybody was then supposed to shut up and get back to work (for those with work).

Instead, the president gets his photograph (with a rainbow halo) on the cover of Newsweek magazine as "the first gay president," all the Sunday-morning political talk shows were devoted to endless gasbaggery about gays and marriage,and even Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the heartthrob of the Upper East Side, complained that the president's coming-out might have set back the campaign for "full equality" for gay caballeros.

Several Democratic senators who comprise an endangered species in November — senators from Montana, Missouri, West Virginia,Pennsylvania and Florida — quickly began trying to put distance between themselves and the president's evolutionary moment. Opposition to same-sex marriage is strongest in black precincts, and losing only a percentage point or two in turnout could be fatal to Democratic candidates, including the president.

If that were not bad news enough, Rep. Barney Frank, the most celebrated gay dog in Congress, says he won't invite Mr. Obama to his long-awaited nuptials, scheduled for July. He doesn't want the vast presidential security apparatus tracking through the house, with Secret Service agents stepping on the tulle and peau de soie and banging into the wedding presents spread out everywhere.

The president called some of the five pastors he consults regularly for religious guidance, needing five (instead of the one pastor the rest of us usually rely on) to repair the collateral damage, which the White House fears might be considerable. The New York Times calls this "a quiet campaign to contain the possible damage among religious leaders and voters."

Mr. Obama is not the first president to require a full squadron of clergymen to repair damage to his inner man. Bill Clinton appointed several high-profile pastors to rehabilitate his inner man in the wake of "that woman, Monica Lewinsky," though it was Bubba's outer man who caused all the trouble. Bubba promised a public accounting of the reclamation project, but the job has apparently taken longer than anticipated and he has not yet delivered the results.

One preacher Mr. Obama consulted said the pastors "were wrestling with their ability to get over his theological position." But it's the president's political position, not his "theological position," that he is most worried about. Indeed, theology bores him; he slept through hundreds of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons, and he says he never heard any of the pastor's bombastic rants against honkies, Jews and assorted other evil white folks.

The Republican leadership, grateful for the president's unexpected evolutionary gift, is so far playing the game just about right. Rep. John Boehner, the speaker of the House, dismissed the president's endorsement of same-sex nuptials as an attempt to divert attention from the economy, and was quickly seconded by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. They're aware of the "ick factor," and don't want to talk about gays, sex and marriage.

Mitt Romney went to Liberty University, a powerful redoubt of Christian evangelism founded by the late Jerry Falwell, to deliver the commencement address, and made only one reference to same-sex marriage. When he did, the stadium erupted in the longest, most sustained standing ovation of the day.

Privately, some Republicans say they think the president's endorsement of the homosexual agenda could tip voters their way in several states where the vote looks close, particularly in states where voters have restricted marriage to the traditional definition of "one man, one woman."

"Icky" or not, same-sex marriage is almost certain to simmer on a front-burner, and is likely to be decisive in some states; the Electoral College is, after all, what a presidential election is all about. Democrats chide Mr. Romney for his turnabout on same-sex marriage, reminding everyone that he was for it before he was against it. So, too, was Barack Obama, indicating not only that political evolution can run in two directions, but that principles and convictions in politicians have a sell-by date. Buyer, beware.

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