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 March 24, 2014 / 22 Adar II, 5774

Fighting for life, loving the fight

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "They're literally a murderers' row."

Disgusted with herself and her world, Olivia Pope, the character Kerry Washington plays on the ABC show "Scandal" was sitting in the White House chief of staff's office laughing hysterically and condemning her fellow politicos.

Part of the point of a show like "Scandal" is the intense absurdity. But, the day after this episode aired, as I went to a morning Mass on Capitol Hill packed with congressmen, I couldn't help but wish that this reverent side of Washington, instead of the darkness of "Scandal" and the twisted chic of the Netflix hit "House of Cards," would make its way into our culture.

There are people throughout this country and even in and around the Beltway who are beacons of light. I got to know Kathy and Paul through mutual friends. We share a healthy New York Yankees' fan's aversion to Red Sox Nation (and remember when you could afford to buy tickets to the game) and have attended a Pet Shop Boys concert together.

They're good, fun, unassuming, kind and generous people. They're also heroic, as is their youngest child, Margaret.

Maggie is one of those children who probably shouldn't be alive by our modern "quality of life" standards. Her parents had to fight so that her life would be valued and given a shot in the face of adverse diagnoses (some of them incorrect). She was born with her intestines outside her body, and a whole host of other problems that foretold a short life, but Maggie is thriving six months on.

Kathy, who, despite being understandably scared during her pregnancy, never stopped battling for her unborn daughter, has had her own medical problems in recent days, not that she'd tell you about it. Despite that, she makes the difficult commute at least once a day to the medical center where Maggie is being cared for, to visit her daughter for at least a couple hours. "She is not complete unless she sees Maggie," her close friend Casey says.

Kathy's husband is dubbed "nothing-is-a-problem Paul" by Casey. He stands by his wife, who he adores, and always puts some humor into things. Devoted to his family, he takes care of them joyfully and without hesitation. Both Kathy and Paul view life as a tremendous responsibility, one full of wonder, work and duty.

Maggie had a chance because of her brave parents and the fact that doctors are fighting back against a medical culture increasingly comfortable with giving up on life for reasons of efficiency, resources and even regulation. Dr. John Bruchalski is among their heroes; the Tepeyac Family Center he founded welcomed Maggie when other doctors had given up.

Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear the first challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services' abortion-drug and contraception mandate. The approach of this landmark has brought a wash of social-media commentary, some insisting that the case is about access to birth control and busybody businessmen trying to trample on women's freedom. But the fact of the matter is that nearly a third of 45 for-profit cases brought against the regulation involve women plaintiffs. Talk to plaintiffs Mary Frances Callahan, Mary Clare Bick, Mary Patricia Davies, Mary Margaret Jonz, and Mary Sarah Alexander about the war they are supposedly waging on their own gender.

If Americans can get over our joint cynicism and ridiculous expectations about Washington, campaigns and media might not fall back on manipulative, patronizing scare tactics quite so often. They might instead look in the eyes of inner-city schoolchildren -- who are endangered by this unnecessary regulation, which is a threat to the future of the institutions that in some cases make all the difference in their lives -- or to girls like Maggie and be inspired. We can choose to always err on the side of life, in our politics, in our medicine and in our culture.


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