In this issue

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 June 16, 2008 13 Sivan 5768

The greatness of Tim Russert

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You know you've made it big when your name becomes a verb said with admiration. And in the field of TV journalism, nobody was bigger than Tim Russert.

To be "Russerted" was to be grilled, fairly yet relentlessly, on "Meet the Press." The word conveyed respect for the professional process and especially for the man who made the Sunday morning show must-watch TV.

The sudden death on Friday of Russert, at a mere 58, is a huge loss. He was a bear of a man whose warmth was as gripping as one of his paw-like handshakes. His impish smile revealed a playful spirit and his enthusiasm for politics, sports, his beloved Buffalo and his faith and family were infectious.

He was also a terrific writer and storyteller. "Big Russ & Me," an extended love letter to his father and the Irish Catholic values Tim and his siblings were raised with, was a best-seller. The heartwarming tales provoked readers to share their family memories, and Russert turned those into a second book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons."

His death, coming during one of the most important presidential elections in memory, doubles the pain. He served as a moderator during debates, and no big event was complete without his input. When Russert talked, you paid attention because he had something to say.

Attempts to smooth his rough-hewn look were useless. Once when I was a guest on his MSNBC show, a stylist came on the set during a commercial break to try to tame his wild reddish hair. Tim submitted to the indignity oh-so-briefly, saying with finality after only one brush "not too much."

That wasn't the only way he distinguished himself from the blow-dried celebrity-stalkers who dominate the airwaves. Tim didn't think journalism was a license for cynicism and proved every time he got in front of the camera you could simultaneously show your love for America and be skeptical of the people running it. He practiced old-fashioned values in a thoroughly modern medium.

I first got to know him 25 years ago, when I was a young reporter for The New York Times and Tim worked for Sen. Daniel Moynihan and then Gov. Mario Cuomo. We talked sports and politics, sometimes over a beer or three, and I realized he had a sharp eye for the telling detail, the little fact that gave away more than a politician realized or wanted.

It was a skill I especially came to admire after he alerted me in 1984 to a report in The Washington Post where Jesse Jackson had referred to New York as "Hymietown." The phrase, buried in the long article, later caused an uproar, but Russert was one of the first to recognize its significance.

He moved to NBC in 1984 and seamlessly made the shift from counselor and operator to reporter and analyst. Four years later, he was the network's Washington bureau chief.

But it was during his 17-year run on "Meet the Press" where Russert defined himself and the modern TV interview. The pols who took their turn on the hot seat knew he would relentlessly prepare by pulling together anything they had said of consequence.

If you didn't prepare as much as he did, getting Russerted could be a career-ender. If you were ready and honest, you passed the toughest possible test.

His trademark tactic was to post quotes on-air in graphic form, a deliberate practice that made the question clear to both the guest and the viewer. In the hands of a lesser man, it could have been a cheap "gotcha" gimmick.

Not with Russert. Week in, week out, it was a dramatic moment that was utterly serious without being sensational.

Just like Big Tim himself.

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