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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 Jan 3, 2012/ 8 Teves, 5772

Santorum's voice too underappreciated

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans are "looking for a president who believes in them," Rick Santorum said on the first day of his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, and he's repeated it many times since.

Santorum's latter-day surge in the run-up to the Iowa caucus is both well earned and ironic. He tirelessly labored in all counties of the state. And despite his rock-ribbed conservatism, which plays well with similarly minded caucus-goers, he is, in many ways, just what voters - tea partiers, occupiers of Wall Street, and everyone in between - seem to uniformly recoil at: a Washington insider.

He did, after all, serve 16 years in Congress, in both the House and the Senate. He's worked at a think tank (one of my faves, the Ethics and Public Policy Center). But in his sweater vests (which have taken on a Twitter account of their own), he speaks about policies that empower working families and don't leave the poor out in the cold, or perpetually dependent on an unsustainable state. He points to the kind of populist style that resonates with people.

And while the most radical activists for certain social issues love to paint him as harsh, there's compassion in his words and views. As anyone who has ever made the mistake of Googling his name knows, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, has been caricatured as something of a right-wing bogeyman for decades, but his message is not a harsh one. Take, for instance, his public profession of faith. "We want leaders who understand that faith is essential to the sustenance of democracy," he told me earlier this year, "that faith is an agent for good, that it protects the weak and defenseless, that it motives people to confront injustice."

Leaders, in other words, who do not force religious charities to choose between their principles and receiving the government funding they need to stay in business, leaders who don't compel taxpayer funding of abortion and leaders who respect the conscience rights of voters.

New Yorkers gathered at the Church of the Holy Innocents on that church's namesake feast day to pray for the conversion of the hearts of political leaders; for young, scared mothers to have the courage to seek out the necessary help to bring their children into the world and provide for them; for the healing of those who have been hurt by abortion; and for the lives of the unborn. This isn't a militant message, but a loving one, even as its advocates feel that their mission has become increasingly urgent.

This is in large part the message that Santorum and his family carry with them. With his eldest daughter taking time off from college to work on the campaign, and his youngest daughter Bella's determination to live despite being diagnosed "incompatible with life" more than three years ago as a constant source of inspiration, his is a message about happiness, restoration and healing in our lives and our culture - about the fullness of freedom and its preservation.

Santorum has a hard-won wisdom that only shows up in the long view. You can see snatches of it during the Republican primary debates, when he schools Ron Paul on foreign policy and America's obligations to its allies and its own self-defense. Santorum projects a self-confidence that is not paternalistic, but straightforward and respectful. Even while Santorum is ridiculed by the left for being a culture warrior, my own Facebook page experienced some fireworks the other day as he was blasted as a "pro-life fraud" for some endorsements he's made over the years, the kind one can agree or disagree with but which also suggest some appreciation for forming alliances in an imperfect world - in other words, for governing.

His is the confidence of a man for whom experience has helped generate optimism, the realistic sort that comes with knowledge of something greater than oneself and one's campaign, even one's exceptional nation. As a person who has worked with him puts it: "He is a man who simply loves his work, without an ounce of cynicism. And I've never heard him say 'no' to a request, schedule permitting. If it can be done, he wants to do it."

We are not the ones we have been waiting for. Nor is Santorum. Which is precisely why he wakes up every day and works, and why Iowa voters see something of what they'd like to see in Washington (again) in him.

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