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 Oct. 12, 2010/ 4 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Beltway lessons

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The evidence is right under their noses, yet they keep missing it.

I am living in the Washington, D.C., area for a spell. I moved here temporarily from Pittsburgh, land of friendly, considerate people.

People are not so considerate here -- particularly on the roadways.

Drivers in D.C. come from every part of the globe and drive every kind of vehicle. Yet most have one thing in common.

You better get out of their way.

In Pittsburgh, it is routine for one driver to allow another driver to merge. They don't do that here. It is every man, woman and child for himself or herself.

Ironically, the same town that produces gargantuan government programs that clog the free flow of commerce also has the most efficient, cutthroat drivers on the planet.

The average D.C. driver would hand his mother to murderous thugs if it would cut three minutes off his commute.

D.C. drivers provide a glimpse into human nature: People are motivated by self-interest; D.C. drivers are motivated by getting from point A to point B as quickly as they can.

They have navigated every back road, every shortcut, every little trick to bypass the Beltway's bumper-to-bumper lemmings.

Some commuters ride scooters or motorcycles to weave their way past hundreds of backed-up cars.

Some unassuming government employees, despite being dulled by years of paper-pushing, put lifelike mannequins in their passenger seats so they can use high-occupancy-vehicle lanes undetected.

D.C. drivers' genius and creativity are things to marvel at. Thousands make millions of individual decisions with one goal in mind: getting where they're going in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.

As I was doing just that the other day, it occurred to me that D.C roadways are a fine model for our economy.

The goal is the freest flow of traffic possible, so that individuals can get to their destinations as freely as possible.

Rules and government oversight are essential. If there were no speed limits, traffic lights and police presence, the roads would erupt into chaos.

So our government bodies establish basic rules of the road and then, for the most part, get out of the way.

Sure, if a challenge evolves -- if people begin causing accidents by texting while driving or driving too aggressively -- the government alters the rules to clamp down on destructive behaviors.

But the government mostly stays out of the way. Despite thousands of drivers every day, D.C. roads work remarkably well for most.

And despite this simple, highly effective model, some who drive in D.C. are oblivious to the lessons taught by its roads.

They use government force to make us use one technology and not another (kiss your low-cost, perfectly useful incandescent light bulb goodbye).

They go after "the rich" with higher taxes and end up hurting the middle class and the poor.

The impose costly "employee" mandates on small employers, who quickly decide it is cheaper to not employ.

They are forever doing things -- new laws, taxes, mandates and outright intrusions into private matters -- that fly in the face of human nature and end up obstructing the free flow of our economy.

And the rest of us end up getting taken on a bumpy ride.

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