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 June 7, 2010 / 24 Sivan 5770

If mama ain't happy, she may just run for office

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Women can be completely irrational. They can be overemotional. They can be downright wrong.

Women can also be right. A woman can be a leader. She can notice things a man might not.

The bottom line is pretty obvious: Women are people, too. We see the world differently than men because we are different and complementary. But we also see the world different from one another, woman to woman.

This is the breakthrough we're seeing in American history right now: It's becoming next to impossible to successfully deny these realities. From Sarah Palin to Meg Whitman to the even Democrat Blanche Lincoln. In the wake of a series of primary elections this June, there is much talk that we are in another year of the political woman. And this time she is frequently more Right than Left.

In truth, this is neither shocking nor new. The celebrated model of the female politician may have been liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer, fighting against the rights of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. But she was never every woman. Another type of woman, in fact, fought for a woman's right to vote, whether women who voted subsequently realized it or not. They brought a maternal instinct to their activism.

And so when you meet a Palin or a Carly Fiorina or whoever the next woman the media frenzies about as an exotic species, you're not meeting someone who appeared yesterday.

When you look at some of the issues we're debating today about preserving who we are and protecting those innocents and the way we were, we're in exactly the place as a nation where a few good women of this kind might do a world of good alongside a few good men.

They'll still try, on the Left, to pretend a woman who doesn't buy the party line of the professional feminist sisterhood is somehow an oddity or, even, a betrayer of women. But the truth is that she may simply represent a commonsense backlash. The feminist movement tried to deny so much what women uniquely can bring to the cultural and political table.

So when you look around right now on the political landscape, you see the shoulder-padded walls of 20th century feminism crumbling throughout the political scene. Some women will always vote Democrat and have liberal views. Just as men will. But they do not vote or think uniformly. And it is not simply because a sexy Sarah Palin figure exists that this is true.

A woman who is pro-life and pro-marriage and embraces that which makes her different from a man while loving men for all they are is not something that was invented when John McCain picked the then-Alaska governor to be his running mate. She's been at home raising children. She's been doing the PTA work. She's been working hard and maybe internalizing some of what the feminist movement told her was the only way to be a success in "a man's world" -- internalizations that have frequently left her unhappy and childless and fighting everything she really truly wanted. Women who are running these days as center-right candidates are not Palin clones and they're not anomalies. They've been around and they're fed up. So many of the Tea Party groups have been started by women between children's Tee Ball games because they see their country in danger. They see so much of what they have always loved about the United States being underappreciated and trampled on legislatively. And so they do the "mama grizzly" thing and work toward protecting it. But you don't have to be an outdoorswoman from Alaska to appreciate that. There's a maternal gracefulness about it. And it manifests itself in different ways, on different issues, because women, just like men, have different issues and different styles and different thoughts and ideas.

It all seems like this would be common sense. But in the chattering class, common sense is frequently a rare commodity. And so you'll continue to hear how bizarre this all is. You can probably just look around your own family, though, to see the writ large writ intimate. The "National Organization for Women" could never actually represent us all. NOW isn't me and NOW we're at a point where it's hard for anyone much to deny.

And who, by the way, do you think has been raising all these male candidates for all these years? Conservative men and voters weren't raised by savages. Mom might have had something to do with how they got to think like they do.

Of course, deny some will. Attack they have, do, and will. If Harry Reid wins over his female challenger, there will be attempts to pretend none of this ever happened and the conservative pro-life woman is just an exotic political animal. If Meg Whitman becomes governor of California and Fiorina takes Boxer's Golden State Senate seat, it will be spun, as it already is, as women doing as the businessmen do, buying their way into office. But the truth is a lot less cynical. Women have free will as much as the next guy.

And much of what you're seeing on the political scene right now is simply natural.

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