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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 Dec. 2, 2008 / 5 Kislev 5769

In from the cold, a familiar Obama

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Another Barack Obama came in from the cold Monday. The man who gave us the unexpected in his team to resurrect the economy introduced his team to reorganize the world of which he sees himself as president-elect. The new message is clear - being president merely of the United States is for bush-leaguers.


Hillary Clinton, who suggested she has the equipment to be the manliest member of the entire Obama administration, invoked the campaign mantra right away, cheering an uneasy cult after those earlier appointments. She's not only for change, but "positive" change. She promised to work with the toy countries of the world to resolve global crises.


"The American people have demanded not just a new direction at home, but a new effort to renew America's standing in the world as a force for positive change," she said. She vowed to "reach out to the world again," to give the thirsty world a Coke after the drought of the Bush years.


The president-elect said the appointment of Mrs. Clinton, who once mocked Mr. Obama's cut-and-run strategy for Iraq and derided him as a naive amateur for promising to talk to global troublemakers without first determining whether they were serious about making nice, is "a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances."


He didn't say why anyone, even a tough new secretary of state, should think that timid and diffident allies, hearts throbbing with vacillation, will be inspired by soft men with a message of irresolution. Even George M. Cohan couldn't make an anthem of "The Yanks are leaving, the U.N. is coming." We shouldn't expect to terrify the terrorists.


The appointment of Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations, and raising her to Cabinet level, hints at just how soft Mr. Obama expects American power to be under his watch. She will be an advocate of "dramatic action" in a place where "dramatic action" is extended debate on how to do nothing more effectively, unless it's a resolution denouncing Israel for defending itself and taunting the United States for being the land of the free.


She has credentials - a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and a turn as an assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration - and with credentials judgment is not necessarily required. She was dispatched by Bill Clinton to inspect the ruins of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the work of al Qaeda, and then to Rwanda to see the work of barbarians there.


She described herself as haunted forever by the sight of hacked-up bodies, piled atop each other as mute testimony to an orgy of tribal retribution. "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again," she told Atlantic Monthly years afterward, "I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required."


But "going down in flames," as Jimmy Carter did in the attempt to rescue American diplomats in Iran, the mission his irresolution and indecision botched at the cost of eight splendid young Americans, ought not to be the goal of Americans, even of diplomats. Nevertheless, "going down in flames" is a reasonable prospect if an American president counts on "soft" diplomats to recruit "soft" allies to help him practice "soft" diplomacy. Regiments of softies won't soften the hard, sharp edges of the real world.


The appointment of Miss Rice sets up a delicious prospect of the sort of conflict that Washington never gets enough of. She is a veteran of the Clinton White House, and to the fury of the Clintons she defected to Mr. Obama with the opening of the presidential campaign. Now she must "coordinate" her vision of dramatic change with Hillary, with no one at the State Department to watch her back. Hillary is said to have "made no objection" to the appointment of Miss Rice. No doubt.


The appointments of James Jones, the one-time commandant of the Marine Corps, to be the top national security adviser, and Robert Gates as a holdover secretary of defense, might give Mr. Obama a little cover for his retreat from Iraq while pumping up an expanded war of his own in Afghanistan, and they should be helpful in executing the Obama scheme to make Americans social workers to the world. Quite a comedown for a Marine.


And what does the new president do about Bubba? Will he become a "special envoy" to India and Pakistan, as Mr. Obama suggested in a recent interview? Or will his secretary of state be commissioned to find a more obscure place to send him? Would Iceland be cold enough?

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