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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 23, 2006 / 25 Iyar, 5766

Feminism beyond feminists

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a Mothers' Day interview on ABC, first lady Laura Bush told George Stephanopoulos that she considers herself a "feminist." You would have thought she had uttered an entirely different f-word, considering the way some people reacted.

Screenwriter Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally") immediately assumed veto authority over who can and cannot call herself a "feminist." Laura Bush cannot, she blogged. "Laura Bush isn't a feminist. You can't be a feminist if you don't believe in a woman's right to choose."

This isn't the first time the liberal feminist sisterhood has gone after Laura Bush. Earlier this year, shortly after Mrs. Bush had traveled to the Middle East, writer Erica Jong wrote: "it's time to ask why she is promoting freedom for women in the Middle East when the rights of American women are being systemically eroded by her husband's initiatives."

I'm sorry, but Ms. Jong has no sense of reality.

As Laura Bush said in another Mother's Day interview on "Fox New Sunday," in defending American foreign policy and thanking Americans for their sacrifices: "In Afghanistan, women can walk outside their doors now, girls can go to school, and girls and women in Afghanistan are so hungry for education that most schools have three schedules, with little kids going in the morning, and older children going in the afternoon, and then their parents going to school at night."

She summed up: "So those are huge accomplishments that we have been able to make as Americans because of our troops. So I want to thank all the mothers around the country, too, for their love and their strong support for their children everywhere, whether their children are in the military or not."

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The ironic thing about the feminist hostility toward Laura Bush is that she may be more with them than against them on their key issue, abortion. Way back in 2001, then wife of the president-elect, Mrs. Bush told "The Today Show" that she did not think Roe v. Wade should be overturned. She spoke in a way some Democrats who want to show less of an extremist side sometimes talk, about reducing the number of abortions, responsibility, and teaching abstinence. But when pressed further she won't discuss her "personal" views on the issue — she's widely believed to support legal abortion, but doesn't make a political issue out of it.

But the self-proclaimed feminist gatekeepers will have nothing to do with her. They'd have nothing to do with her if she thought Roe is the travesty that it is. They will have nothing to do with her regardless of her views, public or private, because she is married to a president committed to protecting the sanctity of human life.

Feminism, however, is broader than the likes of Ms. magazine and other liberals would have you believe. Heck, I'd call President Bush himself a feminist if I didn't think it would give the Texan the creeps. Heck, I'll do it anyway: George W. Bush is a feminist.

Want to make Ephron and Jong more outraged? The late Pope John Paul II was a feminist; he wrote about the "genius" of the feminine. Actress Patricia Heaton calls herself a feminist and is adamantly against abortion. In one ad for the group Feminists for Life, Heaton appears with the tagline, "Every 38 seconds in America a woman lays her body down, feeling forced to choose abortion out of a lack of practical resources and emotional support. Abortion is a reflection that society has failed women.

There is a better way." She's not obsessed with keeping abortion legal like the establishment feminists, but she's seeking to reclaim the word feminism. And Heaton and her approach weren't born yesterday. The suffragettes — the women responsible for the 19th Amendment that gave women in the United States the right to vote — were against abortion.

I'm sorry, Ms. Ephron, but "feminism" is not only what you say it is. You'd think that those who hold the "feminist" banners might want to be a little more inviting at a time when most women want nothing to do with their doctrinaire sorority. In a recent New York Times poll, 68 percent of respondents said they do not consider themselves feminists. The sisterhood should embrace Laura Bush merely for being willing to use a dirty word. And they should be willing to rise to the challenge that feminists who follow the maternal instinct to protect all innocent life pose.

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