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Dr. DIANE MEDVED: Are Children Resilient?

by Diane Medved, Ph.D.   You hear it all the time: children will get through all sorts of emotionally difficult experiences because they’re “resilient.” But are they? Sophie, aged 4, reverted to diapers when her parents split up. Jason, 7,...

France and the Collapse of the Left

French voters won’t pick a new president until May 7th but the first round of balloting highlights an important international trend, the dramatic decline of the left: *      The candidate of the ruling Socialists finished a pathetic fifth in...

Two Weeks of Great Clarity

If you prize clarity, then these past weeks were some of the best in memory. 1. When America leads, the world is better. For the first time in eight years, the allies of America and the world’s decent people celebrated America’s return to...

DIANE MEDVED: New Grandchild: What that Says About a Marriage

My husband Michael and I have been married for 32 years, which seems impossible because I don’t feel I’m 32 years old yet. But when your baby gets married and then does something astounding, like have a child of his own, it’s tough to deny...

Look Forward, Not Backward

If the American people seem increasingly disgusted with both major political parties, that’s due at least in part to the tendency of each of the two sides to look backward rather than forward. The Democrats have become utterly obsessed with the...

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It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President

Do conservatives — or non-leftists, for that matter — appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency? I don’t know the answer. What I do know is that they ought to be deeply...

“The Choosing People” of Passover

As Jewish people around the world prepare to celebrate Passover on April 10th, it’s worth recalling an often-ignored aspect of the Exodus story. The Midrash, a nearly-2,000-year-old collection of elucidations of the Biblical text, suggests most of...

Honor the Law, Not Feelings or Favoritism

Democrats opposed to the Supreme Court nomination of Neal Gorsuch cite his “legalistic” failure to show consistent favor to “the little guy” against big corporations. But Gorsuch defenders insist that an impartial judge can’t allow emotion...

Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In

According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare bill. So, then, 15 or so conservatives made it impossible to pass the bill favored by...

Exaggerating Bad News on Anti-Semitism and Racism

Bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries make the news and produce fears of surging Jew hatred, even though scientific studies show anti-Semitism at historic lows. A survey from Pew Research Center in February...

The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements

All addictions — whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or cigarettes — are very hard to escape. There is one addiction, however, that may be more difficult than any other to escape, in part because it is not even regarded as an addiction. It is...

Some on the Left Now Criticize the Students They Created

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings and shout down speakers with whom they differ. These condemnations, coming about 50...

Commitment Over Feeling Can Save, Enhance Marriage

Profound changes in the institution of matrimony go far beyond the push for same-sex marriage.  After many years as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Diane Medved notes a shift in marital priorities from commitment to feelings. ”Do your duty” has been...

Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?

Last week, the Jerusalem Post and other news agencies reported that in a Paris suburb, two Jewish brothers wearing kippot (Jewish skullcaps) were attacked while driving their car by Middle Easterners driving another car. According to a case report:...

Need for an Upgrade in the White House Staff

President Trump has received well-deserved praise for outstanding cabinet appointments, after installing well-qualified figures at major federal departments. His White House staff selections, however, have been far less appropriate, contributing to a...

Conspiracy Theories Can’t Account for Anti-Semitic Surge

Vandalism against Jewish cemeteries and a hundred bomb threats against Jewish community centers look so puzzling that some observers spin conspiracy theories. This logic argues that cunning activists staged the attacks to smear the president. After...

A Nation of Immigrants — Only If They Assimilate

I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought. “Why is there is so little crime in Japan?” I asked. Without...

False Charges of Anti-Semitism

The bitter divisions in American life currently stem from politics as much as from differences in race, religion or economic status. Even tightly connected subgroups endure internal conflicts over President Trump and his policies. Jewish Americans,...

Why Professors Object to Being Recorded

After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate-rant against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act...

American Miracles and President’s Day

On the eve of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address with two sentences of incandescent eloquence: “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from...

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