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December 2, 2014

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 Jan. 27, 2006 / 27 Teves, 5766

Trying to end life as we know it

By Tony Snow

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The pro-life movement has passed the tipping point. Consider three stories:


Haleigh's Story: One day after the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts told the state's Department of Social Services that it could remove a feeding tube from 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre, the little girl — rendered comatose last year by a savage beating and burning from her step-father — suddenly emerged from her "vegetative state," breathing on her own and responding to stimuli.


Had she not stirred, she now would be in the final days of life. As far as state authorities were concerned, she had no right to live. She was costing money and taking up space.


Sage physicians declared her beyond helping and beyond hope. Her mother wanted her gone, declaring the coma "not a life." And the Department of Social Services — the people who in theory help the downtrodden — prepared to starve her. This would be the same Department of Social Services that had ignored 17 previous cases of child abuse, accepting the "explanation" that the child willfully burned her own skin, broke her own bones and hit herself on the head with an aluminum baseball bat.


The department now proposes to keep the child alive. Gov. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, has organized an investigation. But nobody has proposed changing the rules that put Haleigh one breath away from physician assisted capital punishment.


The Stem-Cell Scam:


Dr. Hwang Woo-suk, the world's most venerated stem-cell researcher, has been unmasked as a fraud. His research, which purported to create stem cell lines from pluripotent embryonic stem cells, was complete fiction — down to the pictures used in articles published by Science, one of the world's most august scientific journals.


Hwang's research was hailed across the globe, mainly by advocates of embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of human embryos. Hwang's breakthroughs were considered so compelling that 58 members of the U.S. Senate signed a letter urging President Bush to reconsider his decision not to permit the further destruction of human embryos for the purposes of such research.


Now, the revelation unmasks not only the gullibility of politicians who wish to wear the raiments of "science," but also the cravenness of the embryo-destruction movement — which had promised miracle cures for everything from brain disease to cancer. The news strengthens the case for dumping embryonic stem-cell work entirely (it has a much better record of producing cancers than cures) in favor of harvesting stem cells from umbilical-cord blood or adult sources. (I have some experience along these lines. Thanks to the miracle of adult stem cells, the hair I lost during chemotherapy has returned darker and curlier than the gray strands that had fallen out.)


The Invisible March:


This year's Pro-Life March on Washington, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the awful Roe v. Wade decision, featured its youngest crowd yet. Not only did high school students attend in droves, so did younger mothers and fathers.


Although the antique press (a term I have stolen from powerlineblog.com) ignored the gathering and the influx, the demographic trend tells the story: The abortion movement and its offspring (to use an oddly fitting metaphor) are on the ropes.


Abortion has lost its sheen because somewhere along the line, its advocates took the fateful but inevitable step of spurning the right to life in favor of a duty to die. The "unwanted" became an encumbrance to be excised in the name of "choice" — or worse, in the name of "dignity."


Before long, lawyers matched the dawn-of-life practice of abortion with the end-of-life business of euthanasia. They crafted a "right to die," spawned directly by abortion law and the claim that a dignified death is preferable to a difficult life.


Note: These "rights" are forced upon the helpless, not exercised for their benefit or protection. They express fashionable society's revulsion of imperfection and pain — its view that it's better to die than to suffer, better to expire than linger as a shell of one's former self.


Modern Americans seem absurdly determined to wipe away all evidence of what previous generations understood and accepted about life — its pains, challenges, surprises; its miraculous beginnings and eventual endings. The fear of hardship has created a cult of death. An obliging Supreme Court has crafted a jurisprudence to justify murders of convenience. More precisely, it supports the destruction of those whose inconvenient predicaments remind us that life sometimes is supposed to be hard — and that the worst times can also be the best.


And that's a lesson that not even courts and politicians can kill.

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