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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 May 8, 2007 / 20 Iyar, 5767

The Frenchman and the right royal

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rarely has a Monday dawned so bright and beautiful in Washington. Everything suddenly looked possible again, if only for the day.


Nicolas Sarkozy, an unapologetic champion of hard work, free markets and the United States, wins a smashing victory in France, and Queen Elizabeth II, the sovereign of America's traditional best friend abroad, arrives in Washington and the town goes ga-ga.


Mr. Sarkozy sounds almost too good to be true, an echo of Maggie Thatcher, pledging to cut taxes, shrink a bloated government, reduce the welfare state, shut down useless parts of the government and make France competitive again. Even relevant, you might say.


He's looking across the Channel for an English model, as well he might. Thousands of his countrymen are settled in Old Blighty, eager to escape the stifling French economy and find a place where dreams lubricated by hard work can come true. Tony Blair is no Maggie Thatcher, but Mr. Blair was able to suppress the troglodyte left in the Labor Party enough to keep most of Maggie's free-market reforms in place.


The conventional wisdom is that he will have a hard time of it, but the 53 percent of the French voters who elected him know what they're getting. His Socialist rival, Segolene Royal, accused him of using "warlike language" to describe the young men who looted stores and firebombed cars in the Paris suburbs as "scum" that ought to be "cleaned out with a power hose." He never caved to partisan pressure (there may be a lesson in manly fortitude here for certain quick-to-quail Republicans in Washington), never tried to "splain" himself to his tutors in the French journals. He took pride in what he said and did during the nightly riots of two autumns ago.


When a desperate Madame Royal predicted blood in the streets if France didn't elect her, Mr. Sarkozy turned the threat against her: "To say that if people don't vote for one candidate, there will be violence is quite simply to refuse the democratic expression of our republic," he said. "We've never seen this before, never. It's a worrying form of intolerance."


Mr. Sarkozy promises to be a friend of America, replacing Jacques Chirac's venomous anti-American spleen with the sober and reflective support of a friend with true grit. "France's friendship with the United States is an important part of its history. I stand by this friendship, I'm proud of it, and I have no intention of apologizing for feeling an affinity with the greatest democracy in the world." That will require extensive attitude adjustment on both sides of the Atlantic.


There will be frequent differences, even sharp ones, but maybe attitudes can be adjusted. Only 231 years ago, the British and the Americans had to adjust their attitudes, and now the U.S. and the UK are the closest thing to permanent friends as two nations are likely to get. If official Washington goes limp in the knees in the presence of Hollywood royalty, the Queen inspires grown men to push little children out of the way to get close enough to touch her — though everyone understands to touch her is to die, almost, unless she extends her hand for a shake. She frequently will.


The British, who do these things better than anyone, threw their annual garden party at their embassy yesterday to celebrate the Queen's birthday, and Her Majesty herself showed up for the champagne and strawberries. Once her aides, equerries and liege men divided the crowd assembled in a tent on the lawn, making an aisle, she moved slowly down the line, stopping to smile and make small talk. Some of the talk, as custom dictates, was exceedingly small.


But when she got to where Joe Lieberman, the senator from Connecticut, stood talking to his glamorous wife, Hadassah, the Queen stopped and extended her hand. The senator, aware that royal guests speak only when spoken to, risked a respectful remark: "You've done wonders for the ladies' hat industry in America, Your Majesty." Indeed she had; the embassy lawn looked like the grandstand at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, with nearly every woman smiling under the brim of a milliner's vision.


The Queen chuckled, smiled at me, only 13 generations removed from a Northumberland pig farm, and moved on toward the end of a very fine day in Washington.

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