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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

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 Feb. 25, 2008 19 Adar I 5768

This just in from Venus: Hillary's the tough one, Obama's the nice one

By Suzanne Fields

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Democratic candidates have landed, just in from somewhere out there in the stars. The surprise is that Hillary's from Mars, and Barack Obama's from Venus. She's tough; he's nice. She's strident; he's soothing. She insists that she's hard enough — even mean enough when it comes to that — and ready to be commander in chief on day one. Obama disagrees, naturally, and says he's ready to cooperate and negotiate with such adversaries as Iran, Syria and Cuba. Maybe even North Korea. He'll win them over with cooing, not confrontation.

The language of the Democratic campaign has become transgendered, upsetting all the traditional notions about the differences between men and women. In his book, " Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus" John Gray argues that men are motivated when they feel needed, women when they feel cherished. In the Democratic race for the nomination, Obama is cherished, drawing a cult-like following, and Hillary needs to be needed. At the moment, in fact, she's really needy.

Obama continues to cut into Hillary's core of women voters, and perceptions of "gender" continue to be a problem for her. She's hurt because Barack Obama has the flash and filigree of a movie star, and Hillary is the wonky gal with the brains. If Barack and Hillary were Sonny and Cher, he'd be Cher.

Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations and a Hillary loyalist, says Hillary understands that she's the workhorse and he's the show horse, and that runs against stereotypes. "She is being punished in a certain way for being competent and not jazzy," she tells the Boston Globe. "If he were female, with his credentials, age, and track record, I don't think he'd be anywhere near the presidency of the United States."

But if Hillary weren't the wife of Bill Clinton, she wouldn't be anywhere near the presidency, either. Hillary marches through crowds of women as if she were a mirror, reflecting many different images. Feminists who despised the way Bill Clinton treated her during their White House years further despised Hillary's Tammy Wynette imitation in response to his behavior with his bimbos. She wasn't the Amazon warrior then, eager to slay dragons in the boudoir. Women in New Hampshire applauded her showing her sensitive feminine side by tearing up on the trail. But a lot of other women (and men) didn't applaud, reckoning that showing such emotion plays to female stereotypes and diminishes her as a prospective commander in chief.

Women are traditionally the "caring sex," so health care reform was a natural for her, but her big-government caring was rejected, big time. She insists that she's learned from that failure. But the Clintons, for all their differences, are united in their determination to keep hidden a lot of the details of what went on in the health care consultations in the White House. Hillary claims those White House years as part of her 35 years of "experience," but there's a lot we still don't know about her training as a workhorse.

One of President Clinton's proudest achievements was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but Hillary joins Obama in scorning it. That leaves it to the Republican workhorse, John McCain, to argue that NAFTA created millions more jobs than it shipped south to Mexico. "The person left to carry on this part of the Clinton legacy," notes the New York Sun, "is the Republican."

Men and women react in different ways when they're confronted with a problem. Women are eager to have their problems acknowledged; men want them solved. Human relationships are complicated, of course, and sexual differences, like political differences, are rarely clear cut. But it's clear that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have reversed the sexual stereotypes. She's the one in the "solutions business." He craves acknowledgement for the big problem, the need for change.

With Hillary burdened with so many qualities traditionally regarded as male, her campaign tries to dampen her aggressiveness, which makes her even more vulnerable. If Barack Obama is the eventual nominee of his party, he will have demonstrated that Democrats, if not everyone else, yearn for the female qualities in their president. The conventional wisdom says most Americans vote with their gut, but many others are voting in the primaries with their hearts. For better or worse, the Democrats are sending Hillary work orders, with Valentines and love notes to Barack Obama. It might feel good, but it's risky business.

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