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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

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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

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 August 21, 2006 / 27 Menachem-Av, 5766

The terror kings win: Garnering neither respect nor fear,Israeli loss is a U.S. defeat, too

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As soon as the guns fell silent after the war between Hezbollah and Israel, the question was: Who won? The answer is pretty obvious. And so the new question is: How bad is the defeat for our side?

My scorecard says it is very bad. And it's threatening to get even worse in a hurry.

What was basically a military tie is especially bad for Israel, which violated the maxim against merely wounding the king in an assassination attempt. It just makes him mad. So Israel now faces energized enemies throughout the region who no longer view its military as invincible.

Even worse, Israel is tearing itself apart in a storm of internal blame and finger-pointing, with predictions that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition could collapse. A poll reported yesterday that two-thirds of Israelis are unhappy with the ceasefire.

The outcome was bad for America, too. Israel's inability to achieve its goals, despite our open support, dents our power and image, a fact Iraqi insurgents and Afghan Taliban are sure to exploit. Respect is nice, but fear is usually better in the Mideast. Right now, nobody there fears us.

Only two days into the tentative ceasefire, it's already clear that this was the little war that couldn't: Couldn't knock out Hezbollah. Couldn't deter Iran and Syria. And couldn't serve as a warning to Islamic terrorists everywhere.

Quite the opposite. Hezbollah seems stronger in every way and is now the king of terror groups. Six years after it drove Israel out of Lebanon, it survived an unprecedented onslaught for a month, something no Arab army has ever done. Its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, now overshadows the elected government of Lebanon, an ominous sign of things to come.

And the damage goes beyond Lebanon. The presidents of Syria and Iran joined the chorus proclaiming victory, criticizing the U.S. and threatening Israel. Syrian President Bashar Assad said the war turned U.S. dreams of a "new Middle East" into "an illusion." Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, typically seeing divine messages, said "G-d's promises have come true. On one side, it's corrupt powers ... with modern bombs and planes. And on the other side is a group of pious youth relying on G-d."

No doubt both will be emboldened to make more mischief by upping their support for Hezbollah and maybe creating copycat groups. Hamas is almost certain to step up its attacks.

Finally, Lebanese officials put an exclamation point on a very bad ending by saying it wasn't the government's job to disarm Hezbollah, no matter what the United Nations thought when it set the ceasefire.

Was there any good news? Only if you believe in hope.

Hope that the UN is serious about assembling a peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon. By its sluggish standards, the UN is moving quickly to fill the gap left by departing Israelis. The involvement of numerous countries, including France, could be a sign that the world recognizes the need to counter Muslim aggression.

And maybe one more thing. The result is convincing proof that a tie, or worse, in Iraq, would be a disaster for America and our cause. The enemy will only grow stronger unless we prevail. But that lesson will be lost on us if we continue to fight among ourselves instead of uniting to fight those who want to kill us all.

Put another way, do you think terrorists care whether dead Americans are Democrats or Republicans?

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