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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 January 11, 2008 / 4 Shevat 5768

No spare change for these worthies

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My, how a little "change" can change things. Barack Obama learned to be careful what he prays for. He prayed in both prose and poesy for change, and he got some.


One night in Iowa he was the new Elvis, the object of every girl's glandular dreams not necessarily all sublime, the man of steel who destroys dynasties in a single round. Five nights later in New Hampshire change struck again.


Hillary, born again in the snow, is a mighty changeling, too. Only yesterday she was everybody's candidate for bitch-in-chief, and with only one attempt at crying — without squeezing out an actual tear — she changed herself from feminist shrew to helpless (if not necessarily sweet) young thing. All she did was aver, in trembling voice, that her feelings were hurt, and her man was summoned to avenge her horror. This mightily upset her feminist buds, but the first rule of politics is "whatever works."


Now the political correctness cops are hot after Barack Obama. When Hillary described how being called "unlikable" broke her girlie-girl heart, he offered brusque reassurance: "You're likable enough." Even Karl Rove, remembered as the man who invented mean, chided Mr. Obama for coming across as "a smarmy, prissy little guy taking a slap at her." But Karl's a Texan, after all, and gallantry compels every son of the South worth his grits to ride at once to the rescue of any damsel in distress.


Hillary hints that she'll use whatever works for as long as it works. That's how the boys do it. Katie Couric, the princess-designate at CBS News, asked her whether her experience in New Hampshire would make her "willing to reveal more of yourself and be less reserved."


The born-again damsel replied: "Well, you know, one of my young friends said, well, that was like Hillary unplugged. I thought, 'OK, I can't sing. I can't play a musical instrument. But, you know, I will try to let people know enough about me to know that, you know, I don't need to go back and live in the White House.' " Awesome. Like, totally.


We'll have to get used to the double standard, which sometimes works to male advantage, sometimes not. But men have to be exceedingly careful in how they campaign against women, who perceive roughing the passer differently than men. Mr. Obama's reassurance to Hillary that she was likeable enough was certainly mild enough, as wisecracks go. Charity roasts can be great fun, for example, and the rougher the better, as anyone who watched Rodney Dangerfield work over the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. recalls. But when the ladies "roast" one of their own, it quickly becomes a contest to see who can lay on the sweetest accolades to feminine beauty, charm and enchantment. It's difficult to roast whipped cream.


We may see the contest complicated by racial as well as sexual sensitivities. James Carville, Hillary's liege man, stepped close to the line with a remark that wouldn't have raised an eyebrow down on the bayou: "Obama's like any politician that's been hit. You know, it's a hit dog that barks, and we're going to see a lot of barking from Sen. Obama." Even Bubba, though recognized as our first black president, won't always get a pass. Donna Brazile, who once worked for Bubba, scolded him for describing the Obama promises and proposals as from "a fairy tale," and for referring to the senator as a "kid." Said she: "It's an insult. And I tell you, as an African-American, I find his words and his tone to be very depressing."


Not all change is equal. Sometimes the more things change, as the candidates are learning, the more they stay the same.

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