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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. 16, 2008 / 19 Kislev 5769

Some more change to believe in

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Change isn't always all it's cracked up to be.


Consider that nameless regiment of a bygone era, and the company sergeant who was told to make sure the men practiced basic hygiene. "All right, men," he said firmly at the first formation, "the colonel says we're going to practice cleanliness, and that starts with a change of underwear every week, whether you need it or not. O'Malley, you change with Sanchez; Hodges, you change with Cohen ... ."


This, as we now learn, was the formula Barack Obama had in mind when he promised "change we can believe in." He delivered change with the selection of his Cabinet, studded with Bill Clinton's mouldy scraps and fragrant leftovers, revealing that contrary to widespread impression, some of these worthies were not still dead. The underwear? We definitely won't go there. But Mr. Obama, eager to get where it is he may be going, is surely the first president to arrive with fresh scandal. New presidents usually get to unpack their suitcases and learn the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night before they have to explain why what the rest of us see is not really there.


Mr. Obama is resolute. He refuses to answer any questions about the "internal review" he ordered into whether, how and in what way Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell the seat in the U.S. Senate that Mr. Obama vacated Nov. 16, saying the U.S. attorney asked him to withhold the report so as not to jeopardize the case against Mr. Blagojevich. The U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, has fallen silent now, but not before he said enough to put a little poison in any jury pool he might call on later for assistance in putting Mr. Blago away. He makes "no allegations" that Mr. Obama did anything wrong.


That's what he says now and that may be the last word, but it defies the past to think that anyone, even a messiah, could go for walks in the Chicago sewers and emerge with only stink on his clothes and nothing on his shoes. But we must all hope he did.


Nobody wants to see the new president walking around Washington - to say nothing of the European and Middle Eastern precincts added to the American electorate - under a permanent cloud. But already the Chicago scandal (Chicagogate? Governorgate? Senatorgate?) is beginning to give off the faint aroma of scandals past.


The president-elect wants to gather "all the facts about any staff contacts that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor's office," Mr. Obama said, "and we'll have those in the next few days." (Hmmmmm. The sound of distant bells.) "But what I'm absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That's what I'm absolutely certain of."


That sounds pretty definitely, absolutely, positively certain, but it raises the question of why, if he's absolutely certain, the investigation is important. Verdict first, evidence later (if anyone insists).


Rahm Emanuel's determined silence is so loud it's difficult to hear what his boss is saying. His attempt to hide from reporters at his daughter's birthday party hardly comports with his carefully nurtured reputation of a loud, profane and abusive tough guy. He's been around Washington long enough, even if his new boss has not, to know that it's nearly always the cover-up and not the crime that brings down the tough guys.


Selling a Senate seat, even if we must call it that, is hardly new, depending on the definition of "selling." Gov. Blago, who certainly seems to be the cheap hustler everybody thinks he is, is not the first governor to exact a quid pro quo for a favor.


A seat in the United States Senate would bring a nice sum on eBay , and that wouldn't be nice. But how does exacting a quid pro quo for a Senate seat, except in degree and decorum, differ from, for a random example, a defeated presidential candidate offering to endorse his (or her) rival in return for help in retiring campaign debt or even appointment to the rival's Cabinet. Maybe even secretary of state? Mr. Obama is legitimately entitled, after all, to take a close interest in who gets to follow him to Washington.


But so far, so good. The whiff of scandal, the evidence that Mr. Obama may be human after all, will serve him in good stead if he tries to walk across the Reflecting Pool, even to wipe that Chicago stuff off his shoes, and gets his feet wet to the knees. The governor goes to jail, scandal appears to fade away, and Mr. Fitzgerald keeps his job, since to dump him now wouldn't look right. This is underwear we can believe in.

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