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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

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 7, 2006 / 13 Menachem-Av, 5766

As Hil rips Rummy, both parties sound prepared to accept defeat: Different positions of Iraq are legit — but do more than complain

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. Hillary Clinton's testy face-off with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stole the show at a hearing on Iraq last week. But the backdrop to Clinton's move — tough questions and scowls from senators of both parties — illustrated how Republicans are also pulling away from the war. Even top generals fretted about how the violence is spinning out of control.


It was a painful litany of problems and no solutions. If the grim hearing had a title, it would be "Prepare to Abandon Ship."


Clinton is certainly looking for the lifeboats. Flayed by her party's wackadoo wing for not turning on the war, she cleverly staged her showdown. She had demanded that Rumsfeld appear before the Armed Services Committee and got her way. When her turn came, she blistered him with a statement that used words like "strategic blunders" and "incompetence" and accused him of "presiding over a failed policy." Even a question was an attack: "Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?"


Rummy let out a "my goodness gracious," and protested that "I've never painted a rosy picture," saying "I understand this is tough stuff."


It was good theater and served Clinton's aim of appeasing her party's growing anti-war drift. Coming on a day when a poll showed Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman 13 points behind a primary challenger who made Lieberman's war support the key issue, Clinton surely scored points with many Dems. She added to her total by later demanding that Rumsfeld resign, something she had refused to do before. Clinton's shift would have been remarkable only weeks ago, but support for the war is slipping so fast that she appears fairly mainstream in the Senate. The distressing sense that we are powerless to stop the savage bloodletting settled on the hearing like a dark cloud. There were no predictions about turning corners or complaints the media were ignoring the good news. Our Mideast commander, Gen. John Abizaid, said, "The sectarian violence is probably as bad as I've seen it." A civil war is likely, he said, if it isn't stopped.


Left unsaid was the hint that American troops would not be able to function in that environment and would have to flee.


Republicans were pained, too. The panel's chairman, John Warner of Virginia, looked like he was presiding at a funeral. And John McCain of Arizona seethed as he questioned the generals about the plan to take American troops from other parts of Iraq to try to stop the violence in Baghdad. He likened it to playing the child's game of "whack-the-mole," with problems popping up all over the place. But McCain didn't call for hiking our troop strength, so it wasn't clear what he was suggesting. Many in Congress have their eyes on the midterm elections, or, like Clinton and McCain, on 2008.


But I still find it shocking that they all seem willing to let the Iraq mission slip away without urgently offering solutions, or even exploring the frightening ramifications if we leave Iraq. Especially coming as Hezbollah displays a stubborn strength against Israel, the possibility of an exponential growth in the power of terror groups raises all kinds of security issues for us and for Israel, our closest Mideast ally.


Members of Congress often complain that the Bush administration ignores them, so now would be a great time for them to speak up about our next move in Iraq. That assumes, of course, that they have something to say besides complaining.

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