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

North Korean missiles: Could US shoot them down?

By Peter Grier

The Pentagon has been deploying more missile-defense ground batteries and ships to East Asia. Here's a rundown of the three-tiered system that the US could use to counter North Korean missiles

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W ASHINGTON— (TCSM) How capable are US missile defenses? That's a key question for the United States and its allies as tensions remain bowstring tight on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has moved several missiles — likely medium-range Musudans — to its east coast for possible test firing. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has deployed more missile-defense ground batteries and ships to the region, in part to reassure South Korea and Japan that Washington remains committed to their protection.

"We have demonstrated to the people of the region, demonstrated to the leadership of North Korea, our ability and willingness to defend our nation, our people, our allies, and our forward-deployed forces," said Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of US Pacific Command, during a Tuesday appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

If Pyongyang decides to lob a short- or medium-range missile toward the Sea of Japan, could these US forces shoot it down? "Probably" is perhaps the best answer here. The systems involved are among the most mature of US missile-defense efforts. US officials point out that their recent test records have been reasonably good.

But some outside experts remain unconvinced that the US missile shield in this instance is that great.


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"If the US tried to shoot down a test missile the intercept might succeed, mainly because in a test North Korea would presumably not seek to make any effort to evade the attempted intercept," writes Tom Z. Collina, research director for Arms Control Association, in an e-mail. "But in a real missile attack North Korea could be expected to use decoys and countermeasures that US defenses would not be able to handle."

Mr. Collina adds that shooting down a test missile headed to open ocean simply to prove that the US could do it would be "very provocative and ill-advised."

Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona urged just that on Monday, telling Foreign Policy blogger Josh Rogin, "If they launched a missile, we should take it out. It's best to show them what some of our capabilities are."

US missile defenses in East Asia are essentially a three-tiered system of systems.

The first line of defense would be Navy Aegis-equipped warships located in regional waters. The Aegis radar and fire control system can track ballistic missile targets during the mid-course portion of their flight. Its Standard Missiles are the latest version of a long-deployed weapon. They are designed to destroy missiles as high as outside the atmosphere via kinetic means. In other words, they just run into their targets.

Standard Missiles have successfully intercepted their targets in 25 of 31 attempts, according to a Congressional Research Service report on the system this year. Author Ronald O'Rourke notes, however, that some experts from outside the government have criticized the tests as unrealistic.

The second line of defense for some US forces would be the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD). This system is also hit-to-kill, aiming at targets as high as about 90 miles in altitude. Under development since the late 1980s, THAAD had teething problems, as early test flights were mostly misses. Tests undertaken since 2005 have been more successful.

THAAD is a point defense, meaning it attempts to shield a relatively small area against incoming missiles. The Pentagon has ordered a 95-person THAAD crew and its missiles to Guam to defend US bases there against any North Korean attack, although as of Monday it was unclear whether the crew had actually arrived.

Patriot missiles constitute the third layer of missile defense. These became famous as a point shield against Scud missiles during the Gulf War. Initial Army reports claimed a Patriot success rate of over 90 percent in that conflict; later analysis reduced that figure considerably.

Patriot defends against short- and medium-range missiles at lower altitudes than the THAAD system. The latest PAC-3 model, much faster and more maneuverable than early models, is designed to be hit-to-kill. It does contain a small explosive charge, however, that shoots fragments at incoming targets to increase lethality.

Today the Army has some 484 Patriot launchers, according to an Arms Control Association brief. The system has been bought by 13 other countries. These include South Korea and Japan, which on Monday deployed its PAC-3s to guard sensitive Tokyo sites.

THAAD and Patriot are limited in that they do not protect large areas, notes a lengthy 2012 National Research Council (NRC) study of US ballistic missile defense (BMD). Until recently, there were only limited attempts to get them and the Aegis system to work together.

But on the whole, all three systems are "well-developed" and suited to their individual missions, this study said.

The US appears "to be on the right track for developing BMD systems for countering short- medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats from rogue states directed at the deployed forces of the United States and its allies," the NRC concluded.

Of course, being on the right track may not be the same thing as being ready to handle any threat at the moment. And the NRC report was much more negative about another aspect of US missile defense: the effort to deploy ground-based interceptors in Alaska and Europe to protect the continental US from the still-developing threat of North Korean or Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The Pentagon recently said it would spend another $1 billion to deploy 13 more interceptors in California and Alaska to counter what it judges the growing North Korean missile threat.

This system is "very expensive" yet has "limited effectiveness," said the NRC.

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