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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 18, 2008 / 11 Shevat 5768

So far, we've got a lot of losers

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So far we've got a nice collection of distinguished losers. We've had three winners and a dozen losers, more if you count Dennis Kucinich. A couple of them are threatening to break away from the pack. It's just not clear who they are.


Barack Obama wins in Iowa, and takes a drubbing in New Hampshire. Mike Huckabee embarrasses the Republican establishment in Iowa and runs far behind in New Hampshire, reviving John McCain, who was roadkill on the highway to the White House only a fortnight ago. The results are so confusing, in fact, that one young correspondent for National Public Radio reports breathlessly that Mitt Romney, who led in Michigan, is trying to "extend his winning streak in South Carolina." The candidates are so bereft of the "big mo' " that one victory makes a "winning streak."


The Democratic promise to unify the splintered country is a rebuke of George W. Bush, who has been busy collecting swords and scrolls from the Saudis. Candidates with big talk about unity never identify the convictions and positions they're ready to abandon in the search for common ground. There's no hint that Barack Obama, who has made "unification" the guiding star of his campaign, will adopt any of the Republican positions for the sake of "unity." Like all special pleaders for vague and windy notions, what he means is that if everybody adopts his convictions and views, we'll be unified.


Scott Rasmussen, one of the most reliable pollsters, argues that what we really need — in addition to phony unity and other high-minded good stuff — is a blowout election. This would establish a new benchmark for who we are, as a nation and perhaps even a culture, and where we want to go. We haven't had a victory like that since Ronald Reagan decisively whipped Jimmy Carter in 1980, and confirmed that it wasn't merely a fluke victory over a weak and ineffectual incumbent president with a blowout of Walter Mondale four years later, winning all but one state. He could have won all 50. Michael Deaver and his pollsters told him that Minnesota, the only Mondale state, was within his grasp and one more airport stop at Minneapolis on the eve of the election would win it. The Gipper, whose generous heart was a good part of his charm, said no, he wouldn't humiliate his opponent in his home state. Mr. Mondale won by only a handful of votes.


Barack Obama, campaigning yesterday in Nevada, no doubt infuriated his partisans by citing the Gipper as one of the rare culture-changing presidents. "Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not," he said. "We wanted clarity, we wanted optimism, we wanted a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing."


A Democratic victory by either Mr. Obama or Hillary Clinton would, however, change the habits if not the culture of America. We've never elected a woman, and we've never elected an "ethnic," loosely defined. The roster of our first 43 presidents is a roster mostly of white, Anglo-Saxon Episcopalians, small-c conservatives and evolutionaries, not revolutionaries.


Hillary, a senator at the start of her second term with no administrative experience, emphasizes the Senate connection. She might boast of her prowess at finding missing records; if national-security papers, drafts of legislation, memoranda of confidential conversations with world leaders should be misplaced, she could always look for them lying around on a coffee table or the sofa in the family quarters. Such things have turned up there before.


Mr. Obama picked up another Senate endorsement yesterday, from Patrick Leahy of Vermont, one of the most liberal men in the Senate. He follows John Kerry's endorsement last week. "We need a president who can reintroduce America to the world, and actually reintroduce America to ourselves," he said. But that's wrong. America, the last best hope anywhere, needs no introduction to anyone. Making the country over, to make it acceptable to its critics, losers all, would be a futile exercise in self-flagellation, satisfying only the flagellantes. What we need is a president who tries to satisfy only the people who elect our presidents.

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