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. 15, 2008 / 15 Elul 5768

A day of remembrance, in spite of it all

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks came abruptly. Most of the political world had just returned from the conventions in Denver and the Twin Cities. In the immediate hours leading up to that day, we had all succumbed to talk of lipstick and pigs.

In case you live in a cave in Afghanistan (in which case, maybe you don't want to know or I shouldn't be telling you), Barack Obama, during a campaign event on Sept. 9, said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig." The crowd pretty clearly took the words as a swipe at the Republican ticket, harkening back to Sarah Palin's comment in her vice-presidential acceptance speech that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick.

Although I had hoped Palin's official response would consist of simply hitting the podium in the midst of applying makeup at her next campaign rally, the McCain campaign instead reacted with a juvenile ad, using footage of anchorwoman Katie Couric complaining about sexism, insinuating that Obama's use of the cliche stemmed from sexist roots.

Obama's comment was silly. The response was silly. Thank goodness we have the luxury of being silly.

Or do we?

As the lipstick was put back in its purse for a day, or at least for the morning hours of Sept. 11 — when MSNBC took time off from showing Keith Olbermann rants to air footage from that day in 2001 — we remembered. We remembered those who were murdered. We remembered our fellow citizens fighting at home and abroad. We remembered that three of the four candidates vying for the White House have children serving; Palin's son left for Iraq that very day.

During that week seven years ago, fellow JWR columnist Kathleen Parker wrote: "Our behavior toward one another in recent years — our splintering into groups and bickering over blame — now should be a source of embarrassment as well as an inspiration never to go back."

We should be embarrassed and inspired.

On one hand, it's a great thing that we can take the time to care about silly matters. As one reader e-mailed me: "I woke up this morning with a prayer of gratitude in my heart that the top story of the day was the silly 'lipstick on a pig' saga. What a blessing that we're not waking up worrying about anthrax attacks and bombs and wondering if it's safe to send our kids to school. God bless George W. Bush and our men and women in arms that have kept us safe these seven years."

True and fair enough. But we have an important decision before us. And as we get distracted by lipstick and pigs, let's remember, too, that there will be bombings and battle plans.

What worries me about Obama is not his use of hoary old sayings, but his judgment. He's running for the position of commander in chief, after all.

In his acclaimed best seller, "Dreams from My Father," he wrote: "I know, I have seen, the desperation and disorder of the powerless: how it twists the lives of children on the streets of Jakarta or Nairobi in much the same way as it does the lives of children on Chicago's South Side, how narrow the path is for them between humiliation and untrammeled fury, how easily they slip into violence and despair. I know that the response of the powerful to this disorder — alternating as it does between a dull complacency and, when the disorder spills out of its proscribed confines, a steady, unthinking application of force, of longer prison sentences and more sophisticated military hardware-is inadequate to the task. I know that the hardening of lines, the embrace of fundamentalism and tribe, dooms us all."

That worries me, not because I am without compassion for hardship. There is humiliation and fury on Chicago's South Side. And there is humiliation and fury among Muslims and Catholics alike in Pakistan. But Hamas' hatred for the Jews in Israel is a specific and evil thing that does not need to be understood as much as it must be condemned and stopped.

And the men who murdered 3,000 of us on Sept. 11, 2001, hate those who live on Chicago's South Side as much as they hate the wealthy folks who work on Wall Street.

Seven years after the attacks on my city and our country, no lipstick can gloss over the truth: There is a war on. And I'm not sure Obama and his Democratic colleagues — the bunch that ostracized Joe Lieberman for daring to support our troops, who have done successful work in Iraq thanks to leaders like him — get it.

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