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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 June 3, 2014 / 5 Sivan, 5774

Christian mother may become 21st-century martyr

By Mitch Albom




JewishWorldReview.com | Right now, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, sits in a Sudanese prison, nursing a newborn baby, with a death-by-hanging sentence looming over her head. Her "crimes" are apostasy and adultery. The former is because, although raised as a Christian by her mother, she refuses to renounce it and profess that she is Muslim.

The latter is because, since the government won't recognize her as anything other than Muslim, it considers her marriage to a Christian man adultery.

May I remind you, this is 2014.

"There is pressure on her from Muslim religious leaders that she should return to the faith," her husband, Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, told CNN this past week. "She said, 'How can I return when I never was a Muslim?' "

Ibrahim was arrested in January, after her brother allegedly accused her of renouncing her religion. That this can be a crime is sick enough. That you can face a death sentence is beyond comprehension.

But in the tradition of the Roman Empire, the Crusades, the Red Terror and the Holocaust, Sudan, here in the 21st Century, imposes Sharia law on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. And it sentenced Ibrahim, in an actual court trial, to 100 lashes for her adultery and the end of a rope for her faith.

A SICK VERSION OF MERCY

There has been some media coverage of this atrocity in America, but nowhere near what a doddering Donald Sterling got for his idiotic comments or Kim Kardashian got for her third wedding. So let's boil it down again. An imprisoned mother, who delivered her baby girl this past week with her feet shackled — and whose first child, a 20-month-old boy, is in that prison with her — is sentenced to die unless she renounces her religion.

All she has to do is say it. She refuses.

For this she may die.

We are often taught stories like this in our faiths. Joan of Arc, burned at the stake. Rabbi Akiva, skinned alive. Hussein ibn Ali, beheaded in the 7th Century. The common denominator is that such atrocities happened a long time ago.

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But they are happening today, in a world of iPads and satellite TV and driverless cars and laser surgery. The Sudan is a particularly murderous place, but it is hardly alone. Burma, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China — all are countries where practicing religious freedom can mean imprisonment or even death.

Still, Ibrahim's case evokes head-shaking that borders on disbelief. Her husband, who has muscular dystrophy, is in a wheelchair and depends on her for nearly everything. Her two children are stuck in her cell. Her father, a Muslim, apparently abandoned his family when she was 6.

And yet a sheikh, according to Ibrahim's lawyer, told the Sudanese court that Ibrahim was "dangerous" to Islam.

SHE was dangerous?

"I am a Christian," Ibrahim reportedly said in court, "and I will remain a Christian."

For that they plan to execute her — after she finishes nursing the baby within two years. This, in her country, is what passes for mercy.

A WORLD OF INTOLERANCE

You can fly to the Sudan. There are no restrictions. Take Delta to Amsterdam and KLM to Khartoum. It is not some place that requires riding horseback over mountains. Yet it operates with an intolerance of a thousand years ago, while countries like ours debate whether certain pronouns are insensitive to transsexuals.



Doesn't it make you wonder about the scope of this planet? And how we assume that, if one part of it has emerged from the Dark Ages, the rest will naturally follow.

Not so. A recent Pew report suggested Christians were the most persecuted religious group on Earth, despite being the largest. Islam was second on the list, despite being the second largest. Hate reigns. Anger boils. There are many nations where primitive justice — beheadings, amputations — is still doled out with ignorant impunity (A hundred lashes? Really? In a world with the Super Bowl?)

Human rights groups are appealing on Ibrahim's behalf. Maybe if we make enough noise — the kind we make over a mistress or a teen rock star — her life will be spared (a BBC report Saturday offered some hope). Meanwhile, this brave Christian mother sits in a prison cell, baby to her breast, for the "crime" of wanting to believe in her faith. And you realize, sadly, how much of your life hinges on where you were born.

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