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

How the Palestinians got here

By Richard. Z. Chesnoff

On Nov. 30, 1947, Jews in Tel Aviv celebrate after the UN's decision to partition Palestine

Since Arab rejectionism in 1947, the prospects for a state of Palestine have shrunk dramatically

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TEL AVIV — Understanding last week's bizarre resolution granting the West Bank of Palestine status as a "nonmember observer" of the United Nations requires a look at the past.

Sixty-five years ago, the same General Assembly of then-nascent UN offered the Palestinian people their best chance ever for a viable state of their own: the hotly debated 1947 Palestine Partition Plan. That historic scheme was conceived as a solution to the growing fight between Arabs and Jews over who would control Palestine when the British mandatory government left the region.

The UN's plan would divide the Holy Land into two independent states — one Arab and one Jewish — eventually linked by economic and other ties. It won a majority vote.


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The Jews, for the most part, enthusiastically accepted the idea. The Palestinian Arabs and the Arab states who controlled them angrily turned it down. Instead they immediately launched a "war of extermination," in which they swore to throw their Zionist neighbors into the sea. For Palestinian Arabs, it's been downhill ever since.

The original 1947 UN plan accorded the Arabs some 43% of Mandatory Palestine.

It included almost all of Palestine's aquifer-rich high-lands, the fertile northern Galilee as well as a third of the Mediterranean coastline.

The Jewish state, which anticipated a major immigration of European Holocaust survivors, was accorded 56% of Palestine's total land mass. It included most of the fertile lowlands the Zionist pioneers had developed since the 19th century. But the majority of the Partition Plan's future Jewish state consisted of arid desert lands, then considered unsuitable for either agriculture or urban life.

Sacred Jerusalem was to become an international city shared by all.

In the brutal war that ensued, the Jews surprised everyone — especially the Arabs. They won. The independent Jewish State of Israel was born.

Roughly 650,000 Palestinian Arabs became refugees. Some were forced out of their homes during the fighting. Most simply fled in fear or because they believed the Arab armies would easily win and they would soon be able to return and claim what was theirs — not to mention what the soon-to-be-defeated Jews would leave behind.

It did not exactly work out that way. Today, many of these same Palestinians, their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren continue to claim "refugee status." Today, Palestinian refugees and their descendants reportedly number close to an astounding 5 million people.

Most live near-captive lives in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Almost all are sustained by international handouts. And thanks to a steady stream of full wars, mini-wars and terrorist wars, Palestinians are not only no closer to a Palestinian Arab State of their own, they have far less land available to them for that state than they were initially offered in 1947.

So what must be done? No doubt Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needed to play political theater at the UN this week to strengthen his hand in his struggle with his Hamas rivals in Gaza. But even as the Palestinian Authority receives the non-member observer status it sought at the UN, it will still be no closer to an internationally recognized independent state.

Be smart, Mahmoud Abbas. Get yourself to a negotiating table, without preconditions, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Work out a deal with U.S. and European help. Better 65 years late than never.

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