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 Nov 7, 2011 / 10 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

In the name of life

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Every. Single. Day."

As November broke, I received that subject line in an email from Planned Parenthood.

In the name of Cecile Richards, its president, the fundraising email from the self-proclaimed standard-bearer for women's health, which also happens to perform the most abortions of any entity in the United States, continued: "Every day, every week, every month, without fail, there is a new attack -- on Planned Parenthood, on the people Planned Parenthood health centers serve, and on the men and women who provide care and compassion to clients."

I understand that Planned Parenthood is in the business of self-preservation. But surely we can do better than demonizing the investigation of this taxpayer-funded behemoth that relies on abortion as a business model. And yet this is the quality of debate over the organization's future. It receives a million dollars a day in state and federal funding. Surely credible questions about fraud and abuse and failure to protect women and girls from sexual abuse and sex trafficking are legitimate ones. As well as transparency about just what Planned Parenthood is -- an organization that continues to support a radical idea of just what the human person is and what our relationships with one another are about.

In a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Americans United for Life, its president, Charmaine Yoest, told a Washington, D.C. crowd: "In a year, Planned Parenthood alone destroys over 300,000 lives."

At the same dinner, Yoest talked about Carie and Dennis Stephens, whose son, Robert, was stillborn earlier this fall. There was "a heartbreakingly tiny casket" at his funeral, where he was mourned by an influential D.C. crowd and honored by his young siblings, who wore blue-ribbon bracelets and were sitting in the front row.

One loved baby's funeral was a reminder, Yoest reflected, that "abortion uniquely undermines human community. It tears apart the heart of human compassion." And, "by memorializing their son, by reminding us all of his personhood, by giving the community the opportunity to mourn with them -- Dennis and Carie and their children set a bulwark against the encroaching dehumanization of the culture of death."

"It's a sad irony," Yoest reflected, that the feminist movement, which "was supposed to elevate women, so frequently devolves into vulgarity. Being a feminist in this century has required ... endorsing abortion as a sacred rite."

But, despite decades of this cultural lockstep, there stand peacemakers like Carie, "the kind of woman who is a builder of a community of common concern and protection."

Former education secretary Bill Bennett just published a collection called "The Book of Man." It's a book for a son, to reassure him he's not the first to face the challenges of manhood and to inspire him to be a hero in his everyday life. It's great nourishment for the heart and soul, for women as much as men. Bennett tells me "the chemistry, contradiction, comity, and contrast of man and woman is perhaps G0d's greatest creation. He made us both, and He made us different, and it makes life so doggone interesting in so many ways."

But that human drama is destined for tragedy when we stubbornly try to remake men and women independent from one another in the most unnatural of ways, and stubbornly stick by the mission even when we see its high costs. When we reorient our lives toward destruction rather than creation. Which is why it is long past time to pick up the old scripts again. With compassion and care, embracing the human machine as man and woman, complementarily. Every. Single. Day. Every single life.

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