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December 2, 2014

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 20 , 2012/ 27 Shevat, 5772

Women to the front on contraception

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Where are the women?"

This was the persistent -- but lazy and disingenuous -- cry after the House Oversight Committee began a hearing with an all-male panel over the Obama administration's health-care mandate that would force Catholic organizations to pay for health insurance that would provide contraception, sterilization and abortion procedures to non-Catholic employees.

One answer to the question was yards away, as Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, (R-N.Y.) a former nurse, questioned the panel that very day. And the answer was evident to me just days before, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Young women there invited me, among others, to speak about the "vulnerability" of all created things at their seventh annual Edith Stein Project conference. Stein, a canonized saint, was killed at Auschwitz after a career as a Carmelite sister, philosopher and university professor. The young women of Notre Dame view her as a role model of the intellectual and spiritual life.

The conference took as its touchstone a quote from Pope John Paul II: "No amount of economic, scientific, or social progress can eradicate our vulnerability to sin and to death." In conference materials, the undergraduates commented: "This gives us good reason to guard ourselves carefully in situations where we could be harmed; however, in trying to protect ourselves, we often come to fear our vulnerability."

These young women -- who were joined by many of their male classmates -- were interested not in political mantras but in practicalities: How do we confront reality rather than come up with policies and pills that try to escape the inescapable?

The task of the weekend conference was to ask, as the gals put it: "If vulnerability is intrinsic to us as human beings, is there a proper place for it in our identity and our relationships?"

In his second epistle to the Corinthians, St. Paul wrote, "It is when I am weak that I am strong." The exploration of the "defenseless vulnerability of love" is a weekly task at Notre Dame as part of the Identity Project, a weekly gathering in which students reflect on Catholic Church teachings on women, femininity and masculinity.

The conference and related weekly meetings attract almost as many young men as women, inasmuch as their discussions are about the complementary nature of the two genders. "Women and men have to understand femininity and masculinity if they are going to relate to one another in any kind of healthy way," Margaret Kennedy, a junior accounting major, reflects.

For all the criticism that Notre Dame has received for having given the president an honorary degree at its 2009 commencement, there is something different happening here in the wake of the health care controversy. One of the first people I heard from after the president's weak charade of accommodation to the religious outcry was law professor Carter Snead, who organized a letter declaring the president's position "unacceptable" -- a letter that hundreds of academics and other leaders have signed.

The young men and women of the Stein Project have no illusions about the challenges they face on campus and beyond. "I understand that I am not living my life for myself," Kennedy tells me. "And I am making choices that reflect that." Confronting vulnerability is at the top of the list. "What we typically think of as a negative is actually a positive," she says: Feminism typically dictates that "we're not allowed to be vulnerable, but we cannot escape that vulnerability. By hiding ourselves from it, we don't actually escape it."

"Contraception," she worries, "is but a mask" that covers our vulnerabilities. It's like alcohol, she notes: "a way not to confront our fears or take responsibility for our actions."

Claire Gillen, a history major graduating in May, is getting married to her high-school sweetheart that same month. "Adults, especially, tell me I'm too young, (that) I should be established in a career," she says. But as for her fellow students: "Honestly, I know very few people who don't want to get married. They're happy to see someone truly happy," she says. They are tired of forced war-of-the-sexes hostilities.

In reality, the answer to the question: "Where are the women?" -- was: on the following panel. Those who asked the question loudest, in an act of political showmanship, didn't stick around long enough to meet Dr. Laura Champion, who runs Calvin College's medical services. And the more long-term answer is: They are the young leaders at Notre Dame, who have a lot to teach those who have been suppressing or denying reality for all too long about who we are and what we need and want.

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