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 Nov. 3, 2008 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Is it over yet?

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The biggest loser in this 2008 election is obvious even before the first vote has been counted: conventional wisdom.

Remember last year when Hillary Rodham Clinton was considered the shoo-in for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, after which she was supposed to waltz into the Oval Office? Also in 2007, Beltway pundits had written off John McCain's chances of winning the GOP primary because McCain had angered his party's base by pushing an immigration bill that extended the path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. The know-it-alls had crowned Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the sure thing - or, in fey moments, erstwhile New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. They wrote off McCain as a "dead man walking."

The great thing about covering politics is that you continually learn new things about the American people. And no matter what pundits - yes, including me - write in newspapers or assert on cable TV, the voters in the end have their say.

It's better that way.

When I attended this campaign season's first debate in February 2007 - actually, it wasn't really a debate, but a labor-sponsored rollout for Democratic hopefuls in Carson City, Nev. - I wondered if voters would be so overexposed by November 2008 that they would be up to here with both party's candidates, whoever they were. I mused as to whether "Barack Obama, D-swim trunks," had made a wise or foolish decision to skip the event.

Turns out, he knew what he was doing.

Back then, who knew that before the primary was over, Clinton supporters would be complaining that the media were giving them second-class treatment? Or that Republicans would begin to feel grudging respect for the former first lady in one of those political the-enemy-of-my-enemy turnabouts?

Who knew that the vaunted Clinton machine would be so flat-footed, and unable to turn on a dime?

Who knew that campaign critics would be panning the McCain campaign for being too nimble?

Who knew that, after many in the Obamaphile media declared Clinton dead, she would win Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Texas?

Who knew that Obama would go back on his pledge to campaign within the public financing system in the general election - and raise more than $600 million to fuel his candidacy - and that this flip-flop would barely rate notice?

Who knew that Obama's poll numbers would drop after he delivered a speech to 200,000 ecstatic Germans?

Who knew that when only one reporter, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, met McCain at the Manchester, N.H., airport during Obama's world tour, that McCain's star would rise in the polls after the conventions?

Who knew that some reporters would look more carefully into the finances of Joe the Plumber than those of Joe (the Senator) Biden?

Ditto Sarah Palin's wardrobe.

Who knew that McCain would spend the general election proposing one tax cut after another - a summer gasoline-tax holiday, a corporate tax reduction and cutting the capital-gains tax in half?

Who knew that Saddleback Church preacher Rick Warren would ask the best questions at a candidate forum?

Who knew that Katie Couric could give a killer interview?

Who knew that McCain would be the nominee to choose a woman as his running mate and Obama would pick an old white guy?

Who knew that when Biden said at a San Francisco fundraiser, "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy" - that anyone actually would mark Biden's words?

Who knew that the 3 a.m. phone call that Clinton warned about in her commercial would end with an economic bailout bill that cost more than $800 billion?

Who knew that both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would spend most of 2008 in an undisclosed location?

Who knew that before the election, Team Obama would kick reporters working for newspapers that endorsed McCain off Air Obama? Lese majeste is back.

Who knew that the GOP running mate would be hanged in effigy and her look would become the year's favorite Halloween costume?

Well, actually that sort of thing happens every four years.

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