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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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. 11, 2008 / 13 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Hail to the Chief

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The antique clockwork of the much-maligned Electoral College had clicked into place right on schedule, worked its magic, and, within hours after the polls closed Tuesday, the country had a president-elect. Congratulations, sir. Congratulations, America.


The great, overlong and overheated hullabaloo of the campaign was over, and you could almost hear the anticipatory strains of Hail to the Chief emerge. It is time once again to enter the next room of the dream.


The spotlight now will be on the incoming administration as an old and unpopular one slinks away, its major and almost only task now to smooth the way for the new. It's a tradition that goes back to gruff old John Adams' catching a coach back to Quincy after making a few midnight appointments (like John Marshall to the Supreme Court) that would outlast both him and his brilliant slaveholding successor. Wouldn't you like to hear Mr. Jefferson's response, or just see the reaction on his face, to the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the highest office and greatest trust in the Republic? America never ceases to amaze — and assure.


It is time once again to change the cast, costumes and all the outward show of our political stagecraft even if the American drama remains remarkably the same, thank goodness. Right down to, please God, the happy ending.


Few if any in the audience will be thinking about the intricate beauties of the Electoral College now that the curtain is about to rise on the next act. Instead, the usual critics in the galleries will be speculating on the rustling behind the curtain and what it portends. And there is much to speculate about, for the still young matinee idol in the lead role will be among the least known of presidents-elect in our time.


But this much we do know: Barack Obama's first accomplishment, even before taking the oath of office, has been to eliminate the rhetoric deficit that has plagued the country for years now — as his graceful and gracious speech election night demonstrated once again. This eloquent young man rang the mystic chords of memory even while promising to take the country on a new course, however wrapped in fog it may be for now. What a relief it will be to again have president who speaks English.


Soon enough it will be time to fill in the now blank outline that will be the Obama administration. That administration will take shape for good or ill in a thousand ways over the next thousand days.


Barack Obama would not be the first president to enter the Oval Office scarcely known. Franklin D. Roosevelt, lest we forget, was elected on the heels of a deeply unpopular Herbert Hoover, whom he'd accused of running wild deficits and fostering "socialism." During his campaign, FDR had proposed a balanced budget as the remedy for what ailed the nation. We all know how that turned out. Once in office, he followed a policy of bold experimentation, trying one thing after another till he found a few that worked. The historical revisionists we will always have with us, but on balance I'd say he gave the nation another happy ending.


How will this administration do? The central theme of democracy in America, Tocqueville wrote in his book by that name, is the constant pull between liberty and equality. Barack Obama will be the next president to strike his own balance between them. Too far in one direction or the other and the center will not hold.


Surely the Sen. Obama who pandered to all those ideological and economic interests on issue after issue on his way to his triumph at the polls will give way to a President Obama who's serious about uniting the country. At this celebratory moment, the only thing we have to fear from the next president is sincerity. Happily, that is not a quality common among politicians.


The keynote of Barack Obama's successful campaign has been the bumper-sticker word, HOPE. As for me, I live for the day when bumper stickers proclaim: PRUDENCE. Or even better, TRADITION. Or, best of all, when car bumpers proclaim nothing at all. And Americans get back to what truly makes a difference in a society: the tending of our own private lives, businesses and professions, friends and families, enthusiasms and eccentricities, inventions and innovations and investments, churches and communities and schools, and all those deep satisfactions that government is established to foster and protect, not undermine.


Surely the next president of the United States will let us get on with all that in a free country, and, for all his campaign rhetoric, not stick with the foolish consistency that, in Emerson's phrase, "is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen...." Greatness in some presidents may be measured by how far they rise above their campaign promises.

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