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. 13, 2009 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Don't Worry, 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Thank goodness it is all over today. If you haven't voted yet, please do so. It is your civic duty.

Wait. No? Election Day is not for three more weeks? We are going to get three more weeks of minute-by-minute, wall-to-wall, poll-to-poll coverage of the midterm elections?

I can't believe we are going to have to wait that long to cast a ballot on Barack Obama.

His name is on the ballot, isn't it?

It is my sincere belief that hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans are going to enter polling booths on Nov. 2, expecting to see President Obama's name on the ballot.

And they may feel disappointed and betrayed when they find out it is not there. Though all politics is local, this election it is so local it is only about 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Will Obama get the car out of the ditch only to have the Republicans grab the keys from his hand? This is what he says the election is about. (If the car is a Toyota, however, it may start up and drive off at 100 mph without the key.)

Obama says the election is not a referendum on him, but on whether we give control of Congress back to the people who drove our economy into the ditch in the first place — i.e., the Republicans.

For much of Obama's term in office, the press has attacked him for being too passive, detached and professorial, the no-drama-Obama that lost him the election in 2008. No, wait. He won the election in 2008 while exhibiting all those traits.

No matter. The press finds those traits unspeakably dull and wants passion, drama and aggression. So when Obama recently began attacking independent groups friendly to Republicans for using foreign funds, the press naturally attacked Obama for being hot-headed and irresponsible.

Further, the lead story on the front page of The Washington Post on Monday said there now was "a political environment in which Democrats are in danger of losing control of both the House and Senate."

Yes, the Senate, too. The Senate was thought to be safe, but not anymore. All Obama's campaigning has been for naught.

As to groups spending funds from foreign corporations, deep in the Post story was the admission by a White House aide that "the White House has no specific evidence" that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the groups allegedly using such funds, is actually doing so.

To which I say, so what? When Ronald Reagan said, "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do," was this taken as the absolute truth or as a warning that woody material might be endangering the nation?

The press now seems to be growing bored with the story, having already grown bored with last week's story that, according to Bob Woodward, it was "on the table" for Obama to replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton for his 2012 re-election run.

The White House pushed back hard against the story; Hillary supporters were not enthusiastic about it; and Woodward was left to parse what "on the table" meant.

He said the Hillary-for-Biden switch was "on the table" in the sense that "any legitimate vote-getting strategy is always on the table in politics."

Actually, an idea is "on the table" in politics when it is the subject of active discussion, which this idea is not, for the very good reason that it makes no sense.

But it does show that the press is so bored with 2010, it does not mind indulging in fantasies, however brief and however wacky, about 2012.

And just as soon as these midterms are over, we can get to 2016. What a relief.

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