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 July 14, 2014 / 16 Tammuz, 5774

Ross Douth Starts Making Sense

By Mugger

JewishWorldReview.com | There's no telling how New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal really feels about his op-ed columnist Ross Douthat, the token contributor on those pages who doesn't always hew to the daily's increasingly liberal orthodoxy. I suspect he's viewed as a necessary evil—for now, at least, the Times keeps up appearances by publishing the occasional dissenting opinion—with the hope that Douthat will eventually "evolve" into the wimpy conservative-in-name-only kind of writer such as the marginalized and regularly lampooned David Brooks. Largely, that moment has arrived and I've written as much in this space on several occasions as Douthat, who's just 34 but holds forth twice a week like a man approaching his 60th birthday.

But credit where it's due: Douthat's July 6th column about Hobby Lobby achieved what I thought was nearly impossible after the hundreds of thousands of words—perhaps millions—were dashed off in the wake of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to exempt the Christian-owned corporation from offering contraceptives in its employees' healthcare package. By this point, my eyes usually glaze over any article about Obamacare, either from a liberal or conservative soapbox, mostly because the law has passed and it's time to move on. Congressional Republicans who continue to bleat about repealing the still-confusing mandate do more harm to their Party than good: they sound like sore losers (which turns off voters), and in any case, by focusing on electing a GOP Senate this year, and then a Republican president in 2016, that'll be the time to at least limit the most onerous regulations—and there are many in the multi-thousand page bill passed in 2010 that was actually read in entirety by one or two legislators voting yay or nay by few—if and when that scenario unfolds.

Perhaps it was this in-and-out survey of the Hobby ruling that was so inundated with fury by both sides that I missed what seemed incredible, but Douthat noted: Hobby Lobby's minimum wage for fulltime workers is $15/hr., far above the $10.10 minimum that Obama, when he's in the mood, advocates at public forums. Contrast that to the environmentally/progressive/good karma company Starbucks, whose average worker salary doesn't exceed $9/hr. Douthat writes: "A retail chain with nearly 600 stores and 13,000 workers, this business sets its lowest full-time wage at $15 an hour and raised wages steadily through the stagnant postrecession years. (Its do-gooder policies also include donating 10 percent of its profits to charity and giving all employees Sunday off.) And the chain is thriving commercially—offering, as [left-wing website Demos] put it, a clear example of how 'doing good for workers can also mean doing good for business.'"

Lord, you'd think Hobby was owned by Warren Buffett, that billionaire who's cleverly ingratiated himself with liberals while recording record profits almost every year. By the way, would it be too cynical to say that Buffett prophylactically cozied up to Obama to keep the Justice Dept. at bay over any perceived or actual misdeeds at his Berkshire Hathaway? No.

And, just before Douthat, a practicing Catholic, loses me in a long defense of religious organizations, a topic I've never waded into deeply, he makes another astute observation: "So the recent Supreme Court ruling offers a chance, after the hysteria cools and the Taliban hypotheticals grow stale, for liberals to pause and consider the long-term implications of this culture-war campaign."

I've seen a lot of the "Boycott Hobby" petitions and anti-religious screeds—they're hard to avoid if you spend even a small amount of time on Facebook or Twitter—and it's hard to ignore a very simple conclusion. If you're a woman who's aggrieved by the Supreme Court's ruling, don't work at Hobby, and migrate to another company that's more "progressive." One would think that a $15/hr. minimum wage for fulltime employees covers a multitude of, ahem, sins, but the country still operates under the concept of a free marketplace.

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