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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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 8, 2008 1 Shevat 5768

President Obama? At the very least, he's certainly no race huckster — and that's why they haven't embraced him

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Let's go change the world" is the battle cry of Barack Obama's inspiring stump speech, and his army of supporters is on the march. Like their leader, they are young and idealistic, determined to shape a new political order. Hear him talk, hear them roar and you quickly get the point. Theirs is not a political campaign. It's a movement, a revolution, a crusade even.


His Iowa troops turned out in record numbers, 100,000 more than in 2004, shattering the predictions that only veteran caucusgoers would show up to support Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. Obama even beat Clinton among women and among those who view health care as the top issue, her supposed political safety net.


Unless Obama screws up before Tuesday, the Iowa bounce should carry him to victory in New Hampshire. The hardest part in the race for the nomination would be over. His dream, their dream, is in sight.


And so, just as clearly, are the questions. Is America ready for that much change? Is America ready to elect a black President? Yes — and maybe.


Start with the dramatic change Obama vows, the coin of the realm now in both parties. The Bush years have few friends, yet Clinton cautiously positioned herself as a bridge between them and the future. But voters don't seem to want halfway measures, and suddenly the entire rationale for her candidacy is on life-support.


Her experience has become a liability in the current climate, which Obama helped to create with his powerful orations and clever arguments. The "Change We Can Believe In" signs at his events exploit the doubts about her — the trust issue — while also attacking her claim that she is a change agent. He argues that her experience has proven only that she has bad judgment. He compares her with George Bush. Ouch.


He has used the same jujitsu on her pitch to return to the days of the Clinton presidency, reminding voters she was central to the rancid partisanship that continues to divide us. Who wants that again, he asks?


Even Edwards, an Obama threat because he splits the anti-Clinton vote, could ultimately help him. Iowa was probably Edwards' high-water mark, and when he gets out of the race, Obama will get most of his support.


Those are the political logistics, but there is still the question of whether Obama's youth — he's 46, Clinton is 60 — and his inexperience will get in the way. They won't, provided he doesn't get wacky or careless under the pressure of being the front-runner.


So far, his charisma and the enthusiasm of his supporters have given him license to be vague. He has used the freedom to push the envelope, saying, for example, he would talk without conditions to Iran and North Korea. It looked like a gaffe at first, and any other candidate would be pilloried. He got away with it because it proved he would be different. He has to be careful, though, that being different doesn't suggest he's dangerous.


Which leaves the racial question. Is America ready to demolish that taboo?


It's a huge hurdle, higher than the one Clinton presents in trying to become the first female President. But I believe that if Obama is the nominee and if the country wants big change in November as much as it does now, Obama can shatter that barrier, too.


Part of the reason is that race is not central to his identity or campaign. That he is of mixed race and a product of top schools — Columbia and Harvard — is reassuring to many whites, probably more so than to blacks, who have been slow to warm to his candidacy.


Obama has used that to his advantage, too. Unlike Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, race men to their cores who have not embraced him, Obama has run a campaign based on unity, not interest-group grievance. He talks of national hope and healing ideological divides, which include race, but are not limited to it. He seamlessly evokes the great moments of American history, from Valley Forge to Selma, without drawing distinctions among us. In his words, the civil rights triumphs belong to all of us.


Sure, it's a bit sappy and might even be a mirage. But for now, Obama is offering the kind of distinctly American Dream that only rarely appears in politics. In his hands, it might just have the power to change the world.

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


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