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 August 2, 2013/ 26 Menachem-Av, 5773

More fake peace for the Middle East

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here we go again, processing peace in the Middle East. Processed peace is no more real peace than Velveeta is real cheese, but it beats suicide bombs and the killing of children. So let the Kerry Games begin.

Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians actually expect to accomplish much, but autumn in Washington can be very nice, with warm days and cool nights and the restaurants are good. Not a bad place to spend the next eight months, pretending to negotiate "a diplomatic breakthrough to end more than a century of conflict," as one optimist puts it.

Jaw, jaw is always better than war, war, as Winston Churchill said, and who can argue with that, so long as you don't lay down your arms or shut your eyes to the peril all around. John Milton said "peace hath her victories no less than war," but George Bernard Shaw observed that "in the arts of peace man is a bungler." All true, so we can't expect the promised miracle.

The Israelis can expect to feel pressure from the White House, if not to lay down their arms, to shut their eyes to the peril and leave the looking to Mr. Obama and his friends. They'll hear a lot of advice from their friends in Europe, too, the "friends" with considerable experience in sleeping through the run-up to wars of attempted annihilation.

"They have zero chances of reaching an end of conflict, end of claims agreement," says Yossi Alpher, an Israeli analyst and the former director of the Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies, as reported by Ben Lynfield in the Jewish World Review. "The positions are too far apart on narrative issues like the future of the holy places and the right of return."

The usual voices, hired optimists all, are saying the usual hopeful things that nobody believes. "I travel with a feeling of deep responsibility and great hope," Tzipi Livni, the justice minister and chief Israeli negotiator, told reporters on her departure from Tel Aviv. "There is a chance for the two sides to pave a way to bring about the solution of the conflict."

Finding similar hopes and amiable sentiment on the other side is not easy. The Palestinians want what they want and until they get it they don't intend to negotiate. It's a point of cultural honor. This sounds to Western ears like getting the process backwards, but logic has no currency in the Middle East. The Palestinians say the negotiations are based on the 1967 border between Israel and the West Bank, as recognized before the Six Day War when the Israelis gave the assembled Arab coalition a good country licking in less than a week. Not true, a senior Israeli official tells reporters. "We did not agree to that. Israel rejected the Palestinian demand for this as a precondition for talks."

This is the same old sordid story. These are talks neither side wants and agreed to them only to oblige Barack Obama, who needs something to persuade everyone that despite his disastrous summer he's still a relevant president. Neither Benjamin Natanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas want to be portrayed in the press as the rejectionist who ruined the chance for "peace."

Maybe this fear of bad press will keep the sides jaw, jawing, unless President Obama, still in love with the sound of the voice that nobody any longer listens to, pressures the two sides to paper over the vast gulf dividing them and reach an agreement to survive long enough for the president to preside over an elaborate Rose Garden ceremony and long enough for the negotiators to get home before the processed peace turns rancid.

The hard-liners in Israel - more correctly called "survivalists" - are not happy now. Several members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, threaten to boycott key votes if Mr. Netanyahu concedes on the issue of the settlements in Judea and Samaria. Others argue that crippling or toppling the Netanyahu government is foolish. "It's wrong to come out of this room with a decision to boycott a Likud-led government," a government minister told a group of West Bank mayors this week. "We should strengthen the government to back the policies of the [conservatives]."

The conservatives are already upset that the Netanyahu began freeing 104 prisoners, many of them violent criminals, in advance to the talks in Washington. "The world's thinking is twisted," Ze'ev Elkin, the deputy foreign minister, told the mayors. "There is no reason for the world to think releasing murderers advances peace, while building kindergartens [on the West Bank] harms peace."

Only in the Middle East.

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