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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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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 Oct. 7, 2008 / 8 Tishrei 5769

The women of John McCain: Love 'em or hate 'em

By Samuel Silver

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The reaction to Governor Sarah Palin's selection by Senator John McCain has been nothing short of epic. From the first moment people saw and heard her, most either hated her or loved her.

What made her instantaneously extraordinary to both sides of the political spectrum? It has to be more than the media-driven issues.

This election has turned into an unspoken referendum on human nature and the idea of "gender neutrality," the poster child for the left taught to the past several generations as something real, instead of the imaginary nonsense it is.

Men and women are different - not better or worse, just different. Equal in political and legal rights, but still different. And the radical left doesn't want you to believe this nor even hear it.

Ask scientist Steven Pinker, who was attacked after reviewing massive amounts of research and concluding that "...the theory of human nature coming out of the cognitive revolution has more in common with the Judeo-Christian theory of human nature ...than with behaviorism, social constructionism, and other versions of the Blank Slate."

Or ask Larry Summers about his firing as President of Harvard for just bringing up the issue. Just as the left made Summers "disappear" and tried to make Clarence Thomas "disappear," they must make Sarah Palin "disappear." If unsuccessful, their house of cards, built upon group victimization, collapses.

After Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the convention, her family joined her on stage. John McCain then made a surprise appearance. His first remarks are telling: "Don't you think we made the right choice for the next Vice President of the United States? --- and what a beautiful family!"

While the left exploded in anger, screaming "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore," the rest of America erupted in joy, with a sense of relief that maybe now the country can get back on the "right track."

In Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain they saw real women. And in John McCain and Todd Palin they saw real men. Their G-d-given femininity and masculinity are part of who they are, and they embrace it without embarrassment or explanation.

These spontaneous reactions came from a subconscious realization that there is an alternative to the absurdity of "gender neutrality," and all of its derivatives including the feminization of America and the nurturing of perpetually adolescent males. These "boy men" have neither the emotional nor intellectual maturity to support wives and/or the children of the women they impregnate and abandon. As part of the left's strategy to destroy the traditional family structure, these abandoned women and children, seeking security, are driven into the open arms of a cold and impersonal government.

You gain a glimpse into the McCains' and Palins' view of gender by how they speak about each other.

Prior to her nomination, Sarah Palin discussed her husband Todd who works a week-on week-off schedule:

"My husband... grew up working with his hands and building things and learning how to weld and learning how to produce, and he landed a good job up on the North Slope where he is a blue collar oil field worker."

"They are up there for the week producing for the State and the nation. They come home (and) in my husband's case he is a commercial fisherman, so he can continue that. He is a snow machine racer ... He is instrumental and effective as a father (of five children) and community member, and in our case as Alaska's first dude."

She admires this man because he is a producer!

When Cindy McCain speaks about her husband, she describes him as a hero, not the anti-hero so admired by the "gender neutral" left. Both women admire their husbands, not in spite of their masculinity, but because of it. Unlike Maureen Dowd, they think do not dream of a world without men.

And when John McCain selected Sarah Palin, he selected a "strong woman" similar to his wife. Mrs. McCain maintained her femininity as a wife, a mother of seven, a special ed teacher, a business woman, a hands-on philanthropist, and even a race car driver.

In contrast to the leftist stereotypes of these women as "Stepford Wives" and "Barbies," they each chose to bring "different" children into their families: for Cindy McCain, her daughter Bridget whom she rescued as an infant from a Bangladesh orphanage; for Sarah Palin, her son Trig, born with Down Syndrome.

These are not ordinary people nor are they perfect, but we should not want ordinary people as leaders of our country, and no human is perfect. Instead we should want extra-ordinary people who share the same ordinary and traditional values that we try to live by.

In many Jewish homes, the husband recites a special song in honor of his wife prior to the traditional Sabbath meal. These are the opening and closing verses of "A Woman of Valor" (Proverbs 31:10-31):

10. An accomplished woman, who can find? Far dearer than pearls is her value.

11. Her husband's heart relies on her, and he shall lack no fortune.

29. Many women have amassed achievement, but you have surpassed them all.

30. Charm is deceptive and beauty is naught, but a G-d fearing woman, she shall be praised.

31. Give praise for her accomplishments, and let her be praised in the community, by her very own deeds.

What better description of the strength, beauty, and grace of the women John McCain selected as wife and political partner? He might have never heard this song of praise, but his selection praises them as accomplished women who embrace their femininity; just as they praise him for embracing and not denying his masculinity.

Perhaps, this is the real change Americans have been waiting for.

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Samuel Silver is an Orthodox Jew and retired businessman living in Atlanta.


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