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 July 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774

Putin, and Blaming Others: Back-n the USSR

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, bent on getting the old USSR band back together, shot down a Malaysian airliner. Rivaled only by Obama, Putin is adept at blaming others. He did so in this case, but since he shot down a plane full of Europeans, he might have angered more than Americans.

The reason the U.S. does not need to get involved in conflicts around the world – Syria, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya and, now, Ukraine – is that we do not have a direct security interest in them. But mostly these conflicts are harder to understand than a Joseph A. Bank clothing sale. You go in, get confused, spend a lot of money and then realize you got nothing of value.

One could argue that Putin’s aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine was provoked by Obama’s perceived weakness. Obama is not a military president. All he knows is how to run attack ads in Iowa, instruct his mainstream media to engage in politics of personal destruction and have the IRS audit his enemies or sic Attorney General Eric Holder on them.

None of these tactics would deter the cold-blooded Putin in the Ukraine. The only time Putin pulls back is when his mom or daughters try to hug him.

Clearly, Putin will have his way with this ex-Soviet territory, via his proxy goons. Even Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko ran scared. He left, citing his desire to spend more time not getting murdered. He was raised in the old USSR and then, after his boxing success, moved to Los Angeles to raise his family. When he moved back to Ukraine from California, it marked the second time Klitschko fled communism.

Obama, haplessly, is doing the right thing here for our war-weary country. He admires Putin’s disregard for the rule of law, his use of executive orders and his totalitarianism, but if it does not involve race, gay marriage, contraception, unions, golf, fundraising or dishing out entitlements, it bores Obama. He offered $1 billion to Ukraine. Nothing is more magnanimous than us borrowing more from China to lend to Ukraine.

Although it’s the best news broadcast on TV, I do not like Fox News’ neocons and hosts always trying to goad us into war. It’s easy to spew bluster and bravado from those opinion chairs, saying we should do something all the time and calling Obama weak. They remind me of a drunken “Jersey Shore” girl with her boyfriend in a bar and always trying to get him into a fight. “Hey, Paulie, did you see the way Tony looked at me? You just going to let him do that? Fight, you wussie!”

This mindset of “do something, even if it is wrong” to assert our manhood has got to end. In goading Obama into war, John McCain said the Russian aggression “is the most shameful thing he’s ever seen as a senator.” (This from a man who witnessed pre-Civil War slavery.) We get it, Sen. McCain. George W. Bush probably would have dealt with this Russian problem by invading Iceland.

The U.S. has to be careful. Putin armed the separatists, and it was one of his surface-to-air missiles that shot down the plane. Our government knows that about half the weapons around the world have fallen into nefarious hands, because we have the receipts.

Putin controls the Ukranian economy by supplying it with natural gas and, due to its lingering Soviet mindset, Ukraine’s lack of a free-market system. This is why the country’s move toward the European Union sparked Russian aggression. Ukraine’s leaders admire the EU’s system of six weeks of vacation and two-hour lunches. All the EU has to do is open trade, sit back and continue to let hardworking Americans invent everything and bring it to them.

For now, our economy is our strength – assuming Obama does not continue to drive corporations offshore with regulations and the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Remember, the USSR, North Korea, Cuba and other socialist countries could always produce war, guns and national health care “equally for their people.” Their systems just could not provide their peoples with breakfast, lunch or supper.

To remain an economic power, we cannot continue spending trillions of dollars on wars of choice and angering the world. We should trade – not fight – with the world. Marlboro cigarettes and Levi’s jeans brought down the Berlin Wall. When goods cross borders, troops don’t. Let’s focus on free markets, which inevitably will free people.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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