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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 21, 2012/ 28 Iyar, 5772

Love, freedom and the 'war on women'

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On his initial road to the White House, President Obama sold himself as "change we can believe in." A day after Mother's Day this year, he ran with that terminology in a commencement speech at Barnard, an all-women's college in New York. That he spoke at Barnard and not his neighboring alma mater of Columbia was, of course, by design. For the "change" at heart of his reelection campaign relies heavily on claiming that a war is being waged on women by those who oppose his radical, menacing health-care legislation.

During the commencement, it was made clear that he was among believers. This is a world where men are not to be considered as reliable helpmates in the journey of life, because if they were, it would implicitly acknowledge the ideologically unthinkable: that men and women are complementary, not meant to be carbon copies in the workplace or anywhere else.

That the president's speech, which included predictable rhetorical flourishes of the imaginary "war on women," came in May, the month during which we honor our moms, was particularly laden with irony.

Our celebration of mothers in May is the stuff of marketing genius, a boon to restaurants and florists, and a staple of Hallmark's sales calendar, but it deserves more. What is motherhood? What is woman? What are the states of the relations between men and women and why would the government ever try to get involved?

The Department of Health and Human Services mandate that some of us are concerned about -- because it seeks to drive religious individuals and institutions out of the public square -- is Orwellian in its claims. It purports to be an issue of women's health, when, in fact, it's an attack on fertility, as is so much -- most especially the contraceptive pill -- that is packaged sold as women's liberation. It's also an attack on pregnancy -- the mandate addresses "preventative services." In the Federal Register we've declared women's fertility an impediment, pregnancy a disease to be prevented.

"They claim that the Church is at war on women because we won't treat motherhood as a disease and children as cancers to be prevented and then killed through pharmacological means similar to how chemotherapy kills tumors," one Catholic priest said from his Massachusetts parish that same Sunday. "In reality," he continued, "it's radical feminism that is really at war with women, because it has declared war on motherhood and the maternal meaning of a woman's existence."

In his Mother's Day homily, my parish priest friend explained what too few Catholics have heard in recent decades. That "the Church teaches that the true good of woman is not found in a 'raw freedom' understood as the ability to do anything a woman wants, including killing her own children and trying to run away from her maternal nature. The true good of woman is found, rather, in an authentic understanding and use of freedom. God has made us free precisely so that we may love, so that we may love him who loves us first, so that we might love others as he has loved us. The real fulfillment of woman is not found in a distorted understanding and use of freedom but in love."

Now be honest. That's not so bizarre, really, is it? It's the most personal of issues, and you're free to disagree with me on it. And isn't that the point? We are free here -- even to do things as crazy as respect the procreative nature of sex, and to value, not oppress, the genius of the anatomy of woman and the life-giving power of the sexual act. But for how long?

At Barnard they were applauding as speakers hailed the president as a "reproductive rights" savior, a key constituency delighted to see their cause made government edict.

The women of Barnard are free to be the Obama reelection cheerleading squad, but freedom deserves some attention from the rest of us. And good sense, too.

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