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 January 27, 2010/ 12 Shevat 5770

‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Of all the blows delivered to progressivism last week, perhaps the most devastating one was the least mentioned: a survey conducted by the Knights of Columbus with The Marist Institute for Public Opinion found that 56% of Americans consider abortion "morally wrong."

For progressives, who believe that morality is "relative" or "personal," such a revelation must be intensely galling. For the last 27 years, the left has endeavored mightily to convince Americans that "terminating a blob of tissue" is about as morally consequential as choosing what color to paint one's house, or what to have for dinner.

Apparently a majority of Americans are now rejecting such ideological bankruptcy.

Why? The bet here is a combination of three factors: technology, personal experience, and media exposure.

Technologically speaking, a sonogram reveals that what the progressives refer to as a "cluster of cells," or the aforementioned "blob of tissue," bears a disturbingly striking resemblance to a human being. The progressives other fallback position, "viability," the idea that any fetus which cannot survive outside the womb can be aborted without remorse, is also being hammered by technology: the survival rate of prematurely born babies has increased dramatically.

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As for personal experience, many Americans now know someone personally who has been adversely affected by terminating a pregnancy. No doubt many of these women have come to realize that they were sold a load of progressive, morality-free hogwash, and that terminating a life isn't the "easy peasy, lemon-squeezy" experience they were told to expect.

Genuine remorse allows for many "teachable moments," as liberals like to say.

And then there is media exposure, as in you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that millions upon millions of abortions have taken place in the last three decades. This reality makes a complete mockery of the left's assertion that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare."

Two-out-of-three is apparently no longer cutting it for most Americans.

It's about time. To say the morality of abortion has been skewed leftward for three decades is a gross understatement. There is no other surgical procedure in existence that can be procured by a minor, absent parental permission, notification, or both. There is nothing that has been as purposefully minimized as a late-term abortion, in which the head of a fetus must be crushed before it is removed from the womb. There is nothing more intellectually dishonest than talking about "choice," when the first choice — having unprotected sexual relations — is completely removed from the equation.

And there is nothing that has been more successfully propagandized than Roe v. Wade. If you ask a hundred people what would happen if it's overturned, ninety-nine of them will say — incorrectly — that abortion would be made illegal. It would not. Overturning Roe would do nothing more take a one-size-fits-all federal law and allow each state to decide how loose or restrictive they want abortion statutes to be.

Perhaps a more interesting question is not why Americans are turning away from abortion, but why now? The bet here is that, like virtually all of the progressive agenda, excess has been its undoing. Americans may be getting tired of having a Godless, disposable, anything-goes culture rammed down their throats under the banner of "enlightened thinking" by a cabal of intellectual snobs. The very same snobs who have trouble hiding their contempt for those Americans who "cling" to guns, religion, patriotism, and traditional views of marriage and family.

I can't think of another issue in which the left has invested more political capital than abortion. For many, it is the only issue with respect to choosing who will represent them in government. Countless times I've heard someone say they could never vote for a pro-life politician, because they want to make sure their daughter has access to abortion.

That most of these people can casually dismiss the overwhelming moral cynicism that attends such a statement is astounding.

On the other hand, that such people apparently now represent a minority of Americans is highly encouraging. While I am not in favor of America boomeranging into a radical right theocracy, it certainly warms my heart to see secular progressives in retreat for a change. The abortion-on-demand crowd has overplayed its hand, and Americans are having second thoughts.

I can only think of one phrase that applies to such thoughtfulness: hope and change.

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