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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review May 22, 2008 17 Iyar 5768

How Ted earned our respect

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back in 1980, I was in Puerto Rico on a newspaper assignment when Ted Kennedy arrived to campaign in the island's first presidential primary. Kennedy's bid was controversial because he was challenging incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter, and Kennedy already had earned a reputation for carousing on Capitol Hill. Those were not exactly ideal starting points for mounting a White House campaign.


Moreover, this was only 11 years after the outrage on Chappaquiddick Island, where he abandoned Mary Jo Kopechne as she drowned in a car he drove off a bridge. Despite the still powerful feelings for his two assassinated brothers, John and Robert, the incident cast serious doubts on Ted's electability and fitness to be President.


Those observations were part of a conversation I was having with a top official of the Puerto Rican government when he uttered a line that instantly put the Kennedy presidential bid into a context. "When it comes to Ted and his brothers," I remember the official saying, "it's good to realize that every litter has a runt."


I've often thought back on that moment, and did again yesterday when the news broke that Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The sad news provoked a recognition of how far Ted has come in the quarter century since that unsuccessful 1980 campaign, his last for the Oval Office.


Partisanship aside, Kennedy has grown to become the kind of senator every American should want as his representative. He is a fierce fighter for the causes he believes in, yet, in the best traditions of the Senate, has built a long record of working with Republicans to gather bipartisan support for major pieces of legislation.


He has partnered with leading members of the GOP on a list of laws that includes President Bush's signature education effort, No Child Left Behind. He and John McCain, now the GOP nominee for President, co-authored the huge immigration bill last year that was defeated despite Bush's support.


Crafting that one involved tight deadlines and last-minute changes to satisfy both Democrats and Republicans. At the finish, two Bush cabinet secretaries - both of whom Kennedy had criticized in the past - called him the key to the bipartisan deal and lavished praise on a man who is often their adversary.


"He's awesome," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff gushed to The Boston Globe. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told The Globe it was "a real privilege" to work with Kennedy.


Sen. Hillary Clinton, whose relationship with Kennedy became strained after the Massachusetts Democrat endorsed Barack Obama, echoed a thought she expressed to me two years ago when she lauded him yesterday as "one of the greatest legislators in Senate history."


Such genuine admiration reflects that Kennedy became a master of arcane Senate procedural rules that can make or break the best plans for legislation and funding. He also earned the trust and respect of a generation of Republican colleagues, many of whom count him as a personal friend despite ideological differences.


All these attributes are routine in most lines of work, but Kennedy's ability to practice the best traditions of the Senate as a cool deliberative body stand in stark contrast to the hyperpartisanship that has left Washington in a state of gridlock. His theory, one colleague said, was to approach problems and differences with the spirit of "let's get something done."


Ultimately, that pragmatic approach is the only way government can function. Compromise does not necessarily mean abandoning principles. Rather, it's a determination to solve problems despite those clashing principles.


Ted Kennedy embodies that understanding.

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