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 Sept. 21, 2012/ 6 Tishrei, 5773

The Gaffe Patrol, shooting blanks

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Government intelligence" sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe that's why Barack Obama usually skips his daily intelligence briefings. He prefers to get up to date on his iPad.

There's plenty to get up to date on. Campaign trivia is all the rage, mostly because trivia is what campaign correspondents understand best, but there's real news out there. We're seeing daily the grim result of Mr. Obama's apologetic outreach to the Muslims.

The American embassy in Pakistan battens down under siege. The prime minister of Iraq, thought to be an American ally, beats the dead horse on which the infamous video rides. Protests and demonstrations shut down a U.S. consulate inIndonesia. Crowds in Afghanistan chant death forAmerica (when they aren't killing American soldiers.)

But serenity is the rule in Washington. The president prefers life in his bubble, where he can survey the world as he imagines it is, eager to hear another speech, rather than the world as it really is, full of bad people on their way to the mosque and keen to kill, maim and dismember Americans to please Allah. If only Israel would behave and the First Amendment disappear. Peace and love would envelop us all.

Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, and Jay Carney, the presidential mouthpiece, gave him — and the rest of the world — a lot of misinformation (and maybe even disinformation) about the assault on the Benghazi consulate, and now they have to admit that everything they said was wrong.

They shamelessly peddled the pernicious nonsense that the assault was a spontaneous fit of anger, maybe even righteous anger, by Islamic zealots upset by a home-made video that almost nobody has seen. The White House hooted at the idea that the assault was "pre-planned" to comemmorate the anniversary of 9/11, even when the president of Libya said everything he knew about the attack told him it was planned. Ignorance about guns is highly prized at this White House, and neither Miss Rice nor Mr. Carney know the difference between a BB gun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Otherwise they would understand that heavy weapons do not spontaneously appear on the streets, not even in places where the mobs are inspired by the religion of peace.

The White House lie was swallowed whole by the compliant media, but eventually the facts grew legs and a voice, however reluctant and timid. Mr. Obama's government at last has to acknowledge what everybody else could readily see, that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was "a terrorist attack." Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died at the hands of terrorists.

"I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our [consulate]," Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee under sharp questioning by Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. But the reluctant spook wouldn't quite surrender the whole White House lie that the attack was spontaneous, and not "pre-planned."

The ambassador, it now turns out, was worried about security at the embassy in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi, and his personal safety as well. The Libyan government said it warned the Americans three days before the planned and co-ordinated assault in Benghazi, but nobody was listening. The word never got inside the bubble. The president had his usual media help in spinning the news, and Mitt Romney's criticism of the president for being asleep at the switch was widely described as a "gaffe." But now it's clear that Mr. Romney was right and the Gaffe Patrol was shooting blanks. Polls show that approval of the president's handling of foreign policy — such as knowing what to do when an enemy strikes — is down 5 points. Worse, after all the huffing and puffing about Romney "gaffes" about Libya and his remarks about "the dependency society," who pays taxes and who doesn't, Gallup's daily tracking poll put the race Thursday as dead even again, 47 points for the president, 47 points for the challenger.

It gets worse. A new poll taken for the American Jewish Committee says the president's support among Jews in Florida is down 7 percentage points from 2008. This represents 50,000 Jewish voters, more than enough to tip the result to the Republicans in a race as tight as the 2012 race appears to be.

The news is enough to make a president put his iPad away and go to sleep, and be grateful for the security of his bubble, and dream dreamy dreams of Susan Rice and Jay Carney and their tales of the Arabian slights.

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