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 Sept. 5, 2008 5 Elul 5768

Lackluster speech is bad snooze for John McCain

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well, he's no Sarah Palin. Or Barack Obama. Then again, John McCain has never been like anybody else.

The war hero and political maverick accepted his nomination for President last night with a speech best described as workmanlike. No one will accuse him of eloquence.

A day after Palin rocked the convention with a star-turning performance, McCain offered a sluggish, disjointed follow. At times halting and plodding, he was, as usual, uncomfortable with the spoken word for the nearly 50 minutes he was on stage.

Even allowing for low expectations, McCain fell short in content as well as delivery. It didn't help that before he could get going, hecklers interrupted with protests against the war.

When he got back to work, McCain took a scattershot approach that had me looking for themes. I didn't find any as he launched into a series of code words and hot-button phrases.

He sounded more ritualistic than enthusiastic when he promised the rule of law and judges who do not legislate from the bench while decrying failed school bureaucracies and high taxes. No wonder the party's base doubts his convictions.

His passion was clear, however, for achieving victory in Iraq and cleaning up Washington, saying forcefully that his party "lost the trust of the American people."

Mostly, he sought to burnish his reputation for personal rectitude and having a commitment to national security. Those are his strong suits, and he hammered them effectively in a bid to woo independent voters.

But only at the end, when he mixed in brutal details of his experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, did he approach an inspired coherence that was truly moving.

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in somebody else's," he said, making a heartfelt pledge that his presidency would be guided by putting America first.

It was an emotional ending to an otherwise disappointing speech.

While Palin's sensational performance Wednesday started to move the GOP beyond the Bush-Cheney era, elections are won or lost at the top of the ticket and the 72-year-old McCain remains at a disadvantage against Obama.

Although he has kept the polls close because voters trust him more than Obama to keep them safe, it's a tough year for Republicans and McCain suffers from a serious charisma deficit.

McCain also may be a victim of his own success. He gets credit for pushing for the surge of troops in Iraq, but because American casualties have dropped, the issue has fallen from the top of voter concerns, and that limits McCain's political gains.

Meanwhile, the slumping economy has become issue No. 1 and McCain has been hesitant and ineffective on the topic. Unless he can find the right policies and make a better presentation, it could be a killer in November.

He made only token gestures last night, promising compassion, but proposed nothing new and offered no details on his existing plans. Indeed, he only skimmed the surface on most subjects, a curious decision given the huge audience in the hall and on national television.

Here's hoping ...

McCain, of course, has been left for dead before, politically and otherwise. But to go the distance this time, he must answer the Dem refrain that he represents a continuation of Bush's economic policies in a year when voters demand change.

He can do that only by pulling a Palin-esque surprise on the economy - presenting fresh, compelling ideas. So far, he hasn't.

Obama certainly is not home free on his economic proposals. His vague plan to raise a number of taxes presents an inviting target, but McCain will have to do better than just attack Obama.

Americans aren't satisfied with the status quo and are likely to elect the man who offers them the most hope and help. John McCain was not that man last night.

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