In this issue

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 May 10, 2010 / 25 Iyar 5770

Fighting for their lives

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Henry Hyde was one of my heroes," House Minority Leader John Boehner told a crowd on a rooftop in Washington, D.C., over a month after the historic vote on health-care legislation in the House of Representatives.

Receiving from a pro-life group an award named after Hyde, the late Illinois congressman legendary for his opposition to abortion, Boehner shared emotional memories of his large family and his humble upbringing, and delivered a passionate reminder of the stakes involved in the fight for human life.

Boehner's comments at the event echoed his remarks from a few years ago, at Hyde's memorial in 2007. There, Boehner remembered his longtime colleague: "Henry was at peace in the presence of others -- even those who disagreed with him most -- because of his unshakeable faith in the sanctity of every human life. In a vocation often marked by senseless, noisy debate, Henry Hyde was a clear, calm and commanding voice for justice; for the defenseless; for the innocent."

The health-care bill that passed this year was opposed by the nation's Catholic bishops, despite the bishops' stated desires for "universal" health care. It was opposed because on life there can be no compromise. Boehner knows this, and he's not giving up. "We may have lost the battle," he said at his award ceremony, "but we will not lose the war."

Joining him at the ceremony, held by Americans United For Life, was another Republican congressman, Chris Smith of New Jersey. Smith is a great defender of human life, here and abroad. He doesn't always vote along party lines on some other issues, but he's garnered a great deal of respect nonetheless. Also there was Daniel Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois, who was the only pro-life member of his party left standing firmly against the health-care legislation in March.

The AUL event could very easily have been a continuation of another celebration I attended earlier in the week. There was an ecumenical, bipartisan gathering at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City in honor of the late John Cardinal O'Connor. O'Connor's moral voice from that Fifth Avenue pulpit frequently had something to offer by way of guidance and rebuke to the politics of his day. But it was never confused for partisanship, and it continues to be a challenge to all parties.

Perhaps O'Connor's most palpable legacy was the establishment of the Sisters of Life, a religious order of women who protect and defend human life through prayer and service. They take in women and their children, and minister to people suffering from the consequences of abortion. Pregnant women frequently come to the Sisters after referrals by pregnancy-care centers, priests, or women who have previously been served by the Sisters. The Sisters of Life help form the backbone of the pro-life movement.

The Sisters were part of a coalition of Catholic religious orders that issued a statement in opposition to the final health-care legislation in the House. The statement read, in part: "Protection of life and freedom of conscience are central to morally responsible judgment. We join the bishops in seeking ethically sound legislation."

After the vote, Lipinski told a hometown columnist, "I could not vote for a bill that would change the status quo on funding for abortion." His honesty and clarity on the details and principles helped him be honest about other problems with the legislation, too. "There were aspects of the president's package that I liked. Helping people get insurance, that sort of thing. But we weren't really voting for health reform. We were voting for a bill that is financially unsustainable. And I couldn't support that bill," he said.

At the O'Connor celebration, Helen Alvare, a law professor who has worked with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops helping to direct its pro-life campaign, credited the late cardinal with "enable[ing] the pro-life movement to survive and to thrive" through his leadership and encouragement at a time "when we felt outspent and overpowered."

In the wake of the passage of that health-care legislation, it's a familiar feeling. But the "strictly non-partisan," as Alvare described it, message of Cardinal O'Connor, along with his living legacy -- the work and the prayers of the women of the Sisters of Life -- should serve as inspiration to Boehner and Lipinski and every Catholic and other American legislator, activist and voter discouraged by our culture's deepening embrace of death and despair. For a movement is kept viable in no small part through leadership.

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