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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Feb. 19, 2008 / 13 Adar I 5768

The personal is the political

By Paul Greenberg

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Politics is a grand show, and this presidential campaign is shaping up as one of the grander. How the mighty have fallen, how those who were first have become last. The inevitable winners according to the polls and pundits turn out to be all too evitable once the vote is in.

If a political campaign has its ironic moments, and it does, it can also have its inspiring ones. There are few things like politics — marriage and children come to mind — when it comes to testing personal character. You get to know the characters in this play not just as politicians making speeches, but as persons making choices.

Mitt Romney, for example. You have to feel sorry for poor, though not in dollars, Mr. Romney. On paper he was the perfect candidate — successful businessman, governor, and savior of the Olympics. An attractive, not to say every-hair-in-place candidate, he looked like a president. And he ran a textbook campaign.

But that's just what was wrong. There was something suspicious about his abrupt shift from left to right, from moderate Eastern Republican to the mirror image of the heartland GOP just in time to appeal to the voters he needed to appeal to in Republican primaries.

It was all too convenient, and, to judge by the outcome in those primaries, the voters didn't buy it. He came across as less a presidential candidate than a computer-generated image of one. He was too perfect a candidate.

Mitt Romney's big problem: He seemed to be reciting lines rather than making contact with the voters. He failed to connect. He could have learned a useful lesson from Mike Huckabee. Not just a politician but a preacher, the Reverend Huckabee knows that the effective speaker doesn't address an audience, no matter how big it may be, but each individual in that audience. He talks to people, not voting blocs.

In addition to his sense of humor, Brother Huckabee has another great attraction. It is the attraction of live radio or television, of a DJ who's just winging it. You can't assume he'll follow the same script every time — or any script at all. It's enough to impart a certain excitement and create an air of suspense when he appears on a stage, or just works a diner.

The Huck walks the tightrope of a presidential campaign without a net, trusting to his instincts. He's a performer, always has been. Mitt Romney was more like a CEO addressing an annual shareholders' meeting — and speaking from a prepared text.

Here's the good news: Every campaign seems to have somebody cast in a supporting role who proceeds to steal the show. Not through glitz and glamour, but the lack of same. In the spotlight's glow, it's not easy to hold on to that equivocal thing called the self. When you see it done, it brings the whole show back to earth.

I'm talking, of course, about Michelle Obama, another proof that American men, even the most ballyhooed of presidential candidates like Barack Obama, tend to marry above themselves. Sen. Obama clearly did. Consider:

When her hot-shot husband became an Illinois state senator and started spending much of his time in Springfield, Mrs. Obama told him off: "I never thought I'd have to raise a family alone."

She sounded like any other wife, mother and real person who has to hold down a responsible job, look after the kids, and educate the male of the species, too. Mrs. Obama told her husband last fall that it was "now or never" for his presidential hopes because she wasn't about to put their two little girls, 6 and 9, "through this again."

Asked what her platform as potential First Lady would be, Mrs. Obama told the questioner: "To make sure my kids have their heads on straight." First things first. None of this co-president business.

A product of Chicago's all-too-real South Side (Go White Sox!), she's never lost touch with reality, despite her degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law. She seems to have her head on straight herself. Imagine: There are still sensible adults out there — even in politics.

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