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 April 17, 2008 12 Nissan 5768

Pols trivializing faith with superficiality

By Suzanne Fields

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | John McCain skipped the forum on faith at Messiah College. That gave more time for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to spar with each other over who was holier than thou — smart. The Democratic candidates continue to trivialize faith with superficiality, and Sen. McCain was fortunate he didn't have a G-d in this fight. When your opponents are destroying themselves, the smart pol gives them plenty of room.

Hillary told the forum she communes with G-d in uplifting moments such as watching a sunset or walking in the woods. Her heart leaps at the daffodils, too. If Hillary took a page from Wordsworth, Sen. Obama sounded inspired by Theodore Dreiser. It was his Christian faith, he said, that led him to politics as a community organizer to help out-of-work steel workers in Chicago.

We heard once again how Hillary's faith helped her to survive Bill's philandering. No clinger is she. For his part, Sen. Obama (once more with feeling) repudiated the wicked remarks of his infamous pastor (who continues to spray venom from the pulpit). But nevertheless, he stands by the inspiring words of the "spiritual mentor" who led him to G-d. Americans respect the separation of religion and politics, but can they respect the candidate whose preacher loves the man and hates his country?

Religion in our politics has a long lineage. A New York preacher in 1800 famously attacked Thomas Jefferson for writing "against the truths of G-d's word." But this year's one-upmanship on G-d is part of a specific agenda for the Democrats. Four years ago, regular churchgoers voted overwhelmingly for President Bush over John Kerry, calling attention to the "G-d gap" in the two parties. The politics of Republican voters flowed naturally from the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition, which they see at work in their lives (bitter or not.)

Sen. Obama is still on the defensive over the remarks he made at a fashionable fundraiser for silk-stocking San Francisco Democrats, attributing the fact that working-class Americans "cling" to G-d and guns only in "bitter" frustration. This was a case of shooting first and worrying about it later, and overnight Sen. Obama accused Hillary Clinton of morphing into "Annie Oakley," the sharp shooter of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, immortalized in the Irving Berlin musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." Annie learned the hard way that "you can't get a man with a gun," but Hillary believes she has the opening to get her man with a gun (along with ol' time revival-hour Methodism). The candidate who never saw a gun control restriction she didn't like now waxes nostalgic over learning to shoot with her father in Scranton, Pa. She can drink beer with a Crown Royal chaser with the best of the hunters while simultaneously closing the G-d gap.

You don't hear much about "the chosen people" in all this, but polls suggest that liberal Jews split evenly between the two Democratic candidates. One recent Gallup poll suggests Sen. Obama runs better among Jews than among white Protestants and Catholics.

Conservative Jews are afraid of Sen. Obama's true sympathies in the Middle East. An American Jewish opinion leader, who lives in Jerusalem, says he's terrified. One reason why emerged in the discovery by the American Spectator of an interview in 2003 with Air Force Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, now the co-chairman of the Obama campaign. When a reporter asked the general whether he blames Middle East peace process failures on the State Department or the White House, he replied, not so enigmatically: "New York City. Miami. We have a large vote here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it." That's more gracious, though not by much, than the Rev. Jesse Jackson's description of New York City as "Hymietown."

The Republican Jewish Coalition asked Sen. Obama to sack Gen. McPeak for not "putting the blame where it belongs — on the Palestinian leadership and their continued reliance on terror." The Obama campaign repudiated the remarks, but not the man. That sounds familiar.

Jimmy Carter, poised to endorse Sen. Obama, is traveling in the Middle East this week. He was snubbed by the government in Israel because he expects to meet Khaled Mashaal, a leader of the terrorist organization Hamas exiled in Syria. Nasser al-Shaer, another Hamas leader, was thrilled with the hug he got from the former president in the West Bank town of Ramallah. A majority of Jews have been loyal to the Democrats since the New Deal was formed nearly 80 years ago. But, Ronald Reagan won 40 percent of the Jewish voters in 1980, and if John McCain does close to that, well, the Democratic nominee won't have a prayer to cling to.

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