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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 January 29, 2008 / 22 Shevat 5768

Ted Kennedy's endorsement wasn't just a nod to Obama

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was not just an endorsement, it was a rebuke.


Ted Kennedy didn't just back Barack Obama for president Monday.


Kennedy reprimanded Bill and Hillary Clinton and criticized the campaign they have been running.


"When so many others were silent or simply went along, from the beginning, he opposed the war in Iraq," Kennedy said of Obama.


Kennedy then thundered: "And let no one deny that truth!"


No one like Bill Clinton, who recently dismissed Obama's opposition to the war as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."


And Kennedy was almost certainly talking about the Clintons when he said: "With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion."


He added: "He is a fighter who cares passionately about the causes he believes in, without demonizing those who hold a different view."


And just to rub things in a little, Kennedy went so far as to appropriate Hillary Clinton's signature line and apply it to Obama.


"I know that he's ready to be president on ... day ... one!" Kennedy said.


A source close to Kennedy told me that, more than a year ago, Obama had gone to Kennedy and asked if he should run for president.


"Yes," Kennedy told him. "You don't get more than one chance at the brass ring, and this is your chance." Kennedy was only 47, only a year older than Obama is now, when he announced for the presidency in November 1979.


But when Kennedy lost to Jimmy Carter, he never got another chance.


Kennedy also told Obama he expected to stay out of the Democratic primaries and not endorse.


He had too many friends running, Kennedy said, including Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd.


But after Iowa, Kennedy began to reconsider — and not just because Obama won there.


"He saw that Obama was bringing all branches of the party together," the source close to Kennedy said.


"Sen. Kennedy saw something on the faces of the people at the rallies that he had not seen in generations. Kennedy began to see Obama as a transformational figure."


He was not the first Kennedy to do so.


Back in 2005, Obama spoke at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Ceremony, and afterward, Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel, publicly called Obama "our next president" and said, "I think he feels it. He feels it just like Bobby did."


On Sunday, Caroline Kennedy wrote an op-ed article for The New York Times with the magical headline, "A President Like My Father."


"Sen. Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign," Kennedy wrote, again inviting comparison to the campaign of the Clintons.


"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me but for a new generation of Americans."


The generational theme is one that Ted Kennedy also hit hard during his endorsement speech at American University on Monday afternoon.


He used the word "young" eight times.


To win the nomination, Obama must put together a coalition of the young, minorities and the most progressive voters in the party.


And Kennedy will soon travel to New Mexico, Arizona and California to rally that support.


He has had some experience at this.


In 2004, Kennedy endorsed John Kerry and stumped across Iowa, tieless and coatless, laughing and joking, exuding wit and charm.


"I don't think about the presidency any more," Kennedy would tell the crowds. "Of course, I don't think about it any less."


Hillary Clinton may go on to win the Democratic nomination.


But if she does not, she will, to a certain extent, become Ted Kennedy: a person for whom the presidency is perpetually out of reach.

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