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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. 31, 2007 22 Teves 5768

A mixed review for '07

By Suzanne Fields


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was neither the best of times, nor the worst of times, to steal an opening line from Dickens. It was neither the age of wisdom, nor the age of foolishness. We mixed belief with incredulity, light with darkness, enjoyed good and feared evil. Looking back on 2007, we mixed comparisons as if on a seesaw.


Suicide bombing looked to be less fashionable in the Middle East, but the assassination of Benazir Bhutto stunned everyone, reminding us that evil is always lurking in the shadows.


If the Iraq War once looked unwinnable, it now appears that the surge is working. It's no longer the single most important issue in the quickening presidential campaign. When Hillary Clinton bet on her vote for the war to help in the general election, she didn't foresee the extent to which it would hurt her, with the bizarre far left in her own party in the run-up to the nomination. Rudy Giuliani once looked like the toughest man to take on the war against terror, and now John McCain again looks like the man with the steady hand, a man proved right all along with his call for enough troops in Iraq. He faded in the fall, but now he's drawing support from a diverse array of sources, including Henry Kissinger, Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Des Moines Register, the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader and the Boston Globe, at least until the Republicans choose their man. He's enjoying his own surge in Iowa and New Hampshire.


George W. has suffered high negatives at the end of his administration, but not nearly the high negatives of the Democrats in Congress, who, try as they might, haven't thwarted his aims. Though the president didn't do much to curtail government spending earlier in his administration, he promises to do more with his budget for 2009 (we can always hope).


Hillary Clinton once looked inevitable, but now she's merely one of three Democrats with uncertain prospects in Iowa and New Hampshire. Her glamour as a "first" among women with serious ambitions for the presidency has been challenged by Oprah, who put another kind of glamour on the line on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama. Hillary's "pro-gender" campaign doesn't play to a monolithic female audience.


This was the year celebrity became double-edged. Barbra Streisand, working the crowds for Hillary, looked anemic on the hustings, judged against Oprah in the battle of the divas. Voters may be asking why anyone should think an entertainer knows any more about a candidate or an issue than a Volkswagen mechanic or the check-out clerk at the supermarket. The stars attract attention, but do they change minds? They bring out the crowds, but do they bring out the votes? They may spread sunshine (or at least noise), but can they impart information?


Celebrities can raise the profile of a candidate or an issue, but they can't shape reactions to policies or furnish solutions to complicated problems, particularly foreign policy. Celebrities carry heavy baggage and agendas. Daniel Drezner, author of "All Politics is Global," observes the good and bad of celebrity endorsements. "So when Angelina Jolie attends the Davos Economic Forum or sponsors a Millennium Village in Cambodia, she's not only trying to do good, she's trying to create a brand image that lets Americans forget about her role in breaking up Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston," he writes in National Interest magazine. When Michael Jordan was still playing on the basketball court and was asked to endorse a Democratic senatorial candidate, he famously said that "Republicans buy sneakers too."


Celebrities, like the politicians they want to be, are vulnerable in the spotlight, which is why Hillary and Obama want to debate foreign policy rather than count the celebrities in their corners. Hillary's resident expert on everything has been her husband, but her attempt to link herself to his foreign policy expertise has backfired. The New York Times observed, with more than a little acid, that during President Clinton's major tests on terrorism, as to whether to bomb Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998: "Mrs. Clinton was barely speaking to her husband, let alone advising him, as the Lewinsky scandal sizzled."


We see the candidates looking both backward and forward with the fading of '07, as they might in "A Tale of Two Cities." Are they enjoying "the spring of hope," or enduring "the winter of despair"? We'll know soon enough, beginning Jan. 3. And Happy New Year to you, too.

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