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 4, 2012/ 17 Sivan, 5772


By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I turned on my television Thursday morning and heard a beating heart.

It was the beautiful, vulnerable sound of an unborn baby's still-developing heart, from an ultrasound. "We don't know her eye color," the voiceover said. "Whether she'll be a redhead or brunette. We haven't seen her toes, fingers or nose. But through the science of genomics we can look forward and begin to care for her future." The ad was for a medical group in northern Virginia. "Join the future of health," the commercial urged.

It was quite the paradox that later that same day, the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would prohibit sex-selection abortion. "Nobody supports sex-selected abortion," critics insisted. But a click on one of Live Action's new undercover videos reminds us that brutality and unjust laws are not foreign to America.

Directed by Lila Rose, one of the latest investigative videos shows a married woman in Planned Parenthood's flagship clinic in Manhattan, explaining that she has a daughter and now wants a son. As Live Action, a young, pro-life activist organization, has documented before, a Planned Parenthood worker doesn't flinch in the facilitation of a sex-selection abortion.

The videos come just after yet another onslaught of "war on women" diatribes from the paper of record for the abortion industry and the Obama reelection campaign, the New York Times. One of the most-read pieces on its website had been a weekend entreaty against Republicans who were supposedly waging this fictitious war. The bishops of the Catholic Church are also in on the conflict, according to columnist Maureen Dowd. The house editorial decried an "angry" April floor speech in which House Speaker John Boehner called accusations that his party was bent on curtailing women's freedoms "entirely created by Democrats."

The man is correct, and he's right to be angry. Boehner wasn't talking about abortion that day, but he was talking about freedom. The freedom to practice your religion outside your house of worship, regardless of what the government may think. These things are interrelated -- it's no surprise that, four decades into the regime of legal abortion, our devotion to inalienable, God-given rights to life and freedom might have weakened.

Boehner was defending religious liberty in the face of its unprecedented erosion, as church institutions and individual Americans were faced with a government health-care mandate forcing them to violate their religious principles. This gender-based abortion issue is similar: It involves a demand that we look away, that we ignore our responsibility to protecting the dignity of some of our fellow citizens. Not so long ago, we were a people that led the way on such things, a beacon for human rights and freedom. But you're not free, under this administration, if you're Notre Dame, or a businessman who happens to be Catholic, whose conscience requires more of a commitment than Mass on Sunday. And even though we talk a good talk about "social justice," we look away as life becomes a casualty of "choice," with taxpayers' money much too close to the awful action.

The White House claimed that the gender-based abortion legislation (which failed, because it was brought up in a procedure that required more than a majority vote) would intrude on medical decisions and criminalize doctors, so President Obama opposed the bill. Similar claims are made whenever anyone tries to restrict or regulate abortions. But when the rush to dismiss such objections stops, what we're faced with is a country that is increasingly comfortable with injustice: Eliminate the inconvenient; fine those who resist demands that violate their conscience.

But Boehner strode onto the House floor and said "no" to the latter. He insisted: "If the president does not reverse ... the attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must." That's not the leader of a party attacking women, but one who seeks to remind us who we used to and still can be. You don't have to agree with him on abortion or much of anything else, frankly, to know something isn't quite right here. That's why a little anger is called for, as principles that have distinguished us are compromised, as what should be actual common ground is chipped away by radical policies and cynical politics.

We may not know her eye color, but that we can protect her right to be born in a country where she'll be free still isn't all that radical a notion.

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