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 8, 2010/ 26 Sivan 5770

My Sisters Teach Equality to the Women of Afghanistan

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As Afghanistan attempts to reach a peace accord with Taliban leaders, U.S. lawmakers, says USA Today, "have made clear that they want women's rights preserved in any potential deal to integrate former insurgents into the government."

My five sisters took it upon themselves to prepare Afghani women for equality.

"We hear the Taliban men made you cover your faces and wear floor-length shrouds," said one of my sisters to one Afghan woman.

"It is true," said the woman.

"And they wouldn't let you work or allow your daughters to go to school?"

"Also true."

"And men got to marry multiple women, whereas if a woman's husband died, she was reduced to begging for food for her starving children," said another sister.


"And so repressive was your country that women faced beatings just for laughing out loud," said another sister.

"All of this has been so," said the woman. "But is this not also true in your country?"

"Hah!" shouted one sister. "In our country, men finally know their place. In America, men are good for only one thing. But how often do you need to parallel park anyway!"

"You confuse me," said the woman.

"Look," said one sister, "women have equality in America. We are educated like men. We have equal rights in every way."

"Show me how to do this," said the woman.

"For starters," said one sister, "you shouldn't walk five paces behind your men. It is high time your men follow you."

"Huh?" said the woman.

"When they show interest in you, ignore them," said another sister.


"That's right. Pretty soon, they'll want to marry you and after you marry, the real ignoring begins."

"Precisely," continued another sister. "The more you ignore them, the more they will want to please you. They'll work hard to make money. They'll take care of the yard, cook, clean, do the grocery shopping, watch the kids, and they'll love every minute of it."

"But how do you get them to do this?" said the woman.

"Keep them guessing," said one sister. "When they think you're going to laugh, be angry. When they think you're going to be angry, laugh. They must remain in a constant state of confusion."

"I see," said the woman.

"The more you confuse them, the harder they will work to please you," said another sister. "They must also fear you."


"That's right," said one sister. "They must know that if they do anything to harm you or their children, they may wake in the morning missing some of their parts."

"Oh, my," said the woman.

"It is through constant displeasure and fear that your men will begin to do the only thing they know how to do well."

"Parallel parking?" said the woman.

"No," said one sister. "Begging. Begging for your forgiveness."

"This is amazing," said the woman.

"Look," said another sister. "Women have always known they are smarter than men. It took us a while, but now we're finally running things, too -- as it should be."

"As it should be?" said the woman.

"That's why those Taliban idiots have been so hard on you," said one sister. "It was fear and respect.

They knew what you would do to them if you acquired the equality women have in America."

"I like this America," said the woman.

"We've got our men properly trained," said another sister, "and if you follow our guidance, you'll train your men, too. So what do you say?"

"I say men in Afghanistan are good for only one thing. But how often do you need to saddle a donkey anyway!"

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