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 Dec. 21, 2009 / 3 Teves 5770

Rubio rising

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Wow." That was the response of a cynical Florida Republican politico recently reacting to poll numbers showing former state speaker of the house Marco Rubio tied with Gov. Charlie Crist. The two are expected to face one another in an August Republican primary for the Senate seat abandoned by Republican Mel Martinez. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, is wowing even the professionals; his performance is especially impressive because the weight of the Republican establishment is behind Crist, as it has been for most of the year — the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him back in the spring.

The politico, who told me months ago that Rubio didn't have a chance, now says: "The Rasmussen poll really surprised me. Not sure how that gap closed as the (in-state) coverage of the race hasn't been extremely significant." This Florida political insider previously dismissed Rubio as having no shot at taking on the governor of the state. "I think he has a chance now, but it is still an uphill battle. His fundraising last quarter helped his momentum big time, in addition to some unforced errors on Crist's part."

Marco Rubio is no longer a long shot. In fact, another recent Rasmussen poll had Rubio slightly more likely than Crist to beat the likely Democratic nominee for the seat, Rep. Kendrick Meek.

If you spend time with Rubio, it's no surprise that he's impressing people. He comes off as "the real deal." That, of course, is an industry term for someone who actually believes in something and believes what he says. He's well-versed on issues local and national, and projects a solid presence in public, even when tired by the rigors of his upstart campaign.

Because Rubio doesn't have establishment support, he faces an uphill battle. But, taking a little inspiration from someone very different in politics, National Review put him on the cover a few months back with the cover line "Yes, He Can."

People are getting that message, including the professionals. South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed Rubio this summer and recently hosted a fundraiser for the candidate that brought in about $21,000. The Club for Growth, having set fundraising benchmarks for Rubio before they would endorse him, is on board, and with money. The candidate will himself admit that much more cash needs to be raised before the primary.

But August is still a long way away, and so far Crist is slipping, even though he's been running advertisements since October. Rubio, meanwhile, is consistently improving, financially and in the polls. While the Republican establishment insisted that Crist would be inevitable in 2010, Rubio has a donor base almost entirely consisting of small-dollar givers. A campaign spokesman calls their "grassroots online" action "the crown jewel" of their fundraising base.

Letter from JWR publisher

"This is not about me," Rubio tells small groups in his humble way. Not many pols could make that sound convincing, but he does. Perhaps it's due to the other things he says: "Liberty and prosperity are not a birthright... The liberty and prosperity that each of us inherited from our parents and our grandparents were the result of sacrifices and difficult decisions that were made by people who came before us in leadership. All of this is a product of a Constitution that limited the size and scope of government. All of that is in peril because the government we have today is not a government whose powers come from the consent of the governed."

Rubio sees an opportunity to be one of those leaders helping preserve the constitutional system in an environment where political leaders are having the federal government "solve problems it should not be solving and spend money it doesn't have." That would certainly be a refreshing change from a bailout-crazed Washington stuck on nonstimulating stimuli.

Rubio doesn't believe in flashy gestures or big-fix political solutions. He adheres to a more careful, time-worn belief system, one in tune with this country's founding ideals: We are simply another generation called to make responsible decisions. Our decisions impact the next generation and we should bear that in mind as we face our choices, desires, and temptations.

Rubio would like a shot at making some good calls on behalf of Floridians. He happens to have the family history that gives one an internal reference point about how fortunate we are to be Americans. He'd like his kids to be able to say the same when they're his age. Americans contributing to his campaign from around the country like what they're hearing. Let the sunshine in from the Sunshine State.

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