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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 May 15, 2012/ 23 Iyar, 5772

A true hero in war on religious freedom

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | They call it a war -- mainly, to dismiss it. As in: There go the Democrats again, fanning the flames of the culture wars, dividing Americans to win an election. But it's actually something very different that's going on.

Under the guise of tolerance and magnanimity, President Obama has been embracing a certain kind of radicalism that undermines the very institutions we've come to rely upon.

But where there are wars, there are prophets. There are brave ones who see threats on the horizon, lay groundwork, who make it possible for others to fight, who act as models by standing up for their beliefs in practical yet heartfelt ways. When it comes to the battle for religious liberty, Kevin Hasson is a true leader of men.

Seamus, as almost everyone knows him, left a lucrative legal job to found the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 1994.

Anyone who has been going to Becket's annual dinner knows something has dramatically changed. Every year, attendees hear about kids like Zachary Hood, who was a first-grader in a Medford, N.J., public school who wanted to read a story about Jacob and Esau from "The Beginner's Bible." G0d never came up in the book, but the school's administration determined it was verboten in the classroom because it "might influence others students" and was "the equivalent of praying."

Hasson's proudest moment might be Becket's representation of a Lutheran church school in a recent case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Hosanna-Tabor simply wanted the right to hire and fire its own ministers without government intervention. The court decided unanimously in the school's favor, winning the votes of justices appointed by a president who seems bent at chipping away the remnants of religious freedom.

Having stepped down as president of Becket on account of Parkinson's just prior to the landmark case, Hasson reflects: "I'm proud to say that happened without me. It's a lot like watching my kids play soccer."

When it's not about us -- when it's about a greater good and the highest of callings, we can truly make an impact, and build a legacy of selfless leadership that inspires something similar in others. Giving thanks for Seamus, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York called religious liberty "our first and most precious freedom," noting, "without it, all others are in jeopardy." Hasson has made an investment in it with his life, reminding us that there are causes worthy of such devoted sacrifice.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, a past Becket honoree, recently told me: "Life is short. We'll be forgotten by everyone but G0d. Our home is heaven, and the politics of this world won't matter there. Charity, justice, courage, mercy -- these are the virtues, or their absence, that will shape our eternity. These are the things that really matter."

That may explain why Seamus and his wife, Mary, always look so happy -- and still manage to take the time to offer that wee bit of wisdom that can change a life now and again.

As Seamus put it: "I've had the great privilege of investing my life in religious freedom." For "if anyone in America doesn't have religious liberty, no one in America has religious liberty." You don't have to be a believer to believe that. When our first freedom is gone, atheists have as much to worry about as the evangelical.

Seamus' is a legacy to emulate -- it reminds us that there are men and women alive today who those who would curtail religious freedoms are not going to sideline -- in or out of court.

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