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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

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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

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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

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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 Oct. 26, 2007 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan

Where there's fire, there's politics

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LOS ANGELES — You might think nobody could make politics of a tragic fire, but if you think that you would be wrong. Not only is the personal political, so is the fiery impersonal.

Everybody's heroes finally got the fires under control yesterday, and vast arrays of million-dollar houses in the canyons and arroyos up and down the coast from San Diego to Malibu were mere tracts of smoldering ruins.

It's not quite clear how fire can be credibly blamed on George W. Bush, but some people are working on it. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, at first said that "one reason why we have fires is global warming." Since everybody knows George W. invented global warming, the senator's meaning was clear. Later, pressed by reporters to say whether he actually, really and truly thinks global warming set the fires, the senator said, well, ummm, no, not really. "There are many factors." Even senators can be shamed sometimes.

It's an ill Santa Ana that blows nobody good, and CNN, consistently the most hysterical of the cable networks, told its producers to be careful how they use the fires to raise a media din about a docu-drama about global warming. Be careful, but use it. Even Michael Brown, the former director of FEMA who was last seen consoling New Orleans and the Gulf Coast ("You're doing a great job, Brownie"), seized the opportunity for a little payback. Mr. Brown — a consultant, naturally, on emergency response and reconstruction — said "the White House needs to recognize that we are overstretched [in Iraq] and there is a problem. They need to increase the size of the Regular Army and stop relying so much on the National Guard."

The commander in chief, remembering the stinging rebukes for his late response to Hurricane Katrina, toured the embers yesterday with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, perhaps to bask in his shadow. That shadow is golden after the events of the week. "The optimistic and omnipresent face of the wildfire response," in the description of the governor by the Los Angeles Times, "consoler to the evacuees, debriefer to the media, cheerleader to the firefighters and personal liaison to the federal government."

Earlier in the week the Terminator — now terminating evil fires as well as evildoers — took Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, on a tour of the fire line at Lake Arrowhead, consoled thousands of burnt-out cases at the stadium confiscated for the moment from the San Diego State Aztecs and gave press conferences up and down the coast.

As the Santa Ana subsided and the firefighters could almost relax, at least a little, the early estimates of the size of the disaster inevitably shrank, as first estimates of natural disasters nearly always do. The early estimates of the number of those forced to flee, a million or more in some fevered television accounts, were revised downward to less than half that. Still, that's a lot, and nobody deserves to be "revised" into a mere statistic. But the sky, choked with smoke and occasional flying embers, had nevertheless not fallen. Global warming could be preserved as hysteria to frighten senators on another day.

The Santa Ana winds were democratic enough, enabling even lawyers to aspire to pity. "As a brown haze shrouded Southern California on Tuesday," one online law journal reported, "law firms in San Diego's Carmel Valley region remained shuttered, and more and more local attorneys were forced to leave their homes. At [one prominent law firm] the chief operating officer and a partner have already lost their homes, and dozens of attorneys have been displaced — including [the managing partner]. 'It's pretty unreal down here,' said [the partner], who's staying in the Marriott after being displaced from his Rancho Santa Fe home. Last night, he and his family stayed in the Hotel Solamar, which offered a $99 rate." But this being California, that rate still includes wine and cheese.

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