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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 July 2, 2014 / 4 Tammuz, 5774

Religious Freedom: Worth More Than $35

By Betsy McCaughey




JewishWorldReview.com | Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that if you like your G0D, you can keep your G0D, even if you run a business.

The Obama administration tried to require that health plans provided at work cover contraception and morning after pills, no matter what an employer's religious convictions. The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby craft stores and a chain of Christian bookstores, provide insurance but refuse to cover morning after pills such as Plan B and Ella because these drugs violate their religion.

The Obama administration insists that saving women $35 for the Ella pill outweighs protecting an employer's religious liberty. Democratic politicians hyped this battle as Armageddon for women's reproductive rights. Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, fanned the flames, accusing employers of "trying to take this right away from women."

Nineteen U.S. senators and 91 members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, filed briefs supporting President Barack Obama's legal war against Hobby Lobby. Sens. Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer said the outcome would decide "whether a CEO's personal beliefs can trump a woman's right to access free or low-cost contraception under the Affordable Care Act."

Nonsense. Women have a constitutional right to use birth control, but there is no "right" to get it at work. Nor does the Affordable Care Act guarantee that health plans cover it. Obamacare would not have passed with such a guarantee.

Section 2713 of Obamacare requires plans to cover services the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force rates as A or B. Birth control didn't make the list. The law also gives the Department of Health and Human Services secretary — a presidential appointee — discretion to add other requirements, and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did. (The next administration could undo that.)

Shockingly, Justice Elena Kagan declared during oral argument on March 25: "Congress has made a judgment, and Congress has given a statutory entitlement, and that entitlement is to women and includes contraceptive coverage." Wrong, Kagan. Did you forgo reading the law, like most members of Congress?

For Justice Anthony Kennedy, the fact that Obamacare does not mandate birth control coverage was decisive. During oral argument, Kennedy said it was inconceivable Congress would allow a government agency — the Department of Health and Human Services — "the power to decide a First Amendment issue of this consequence." The First Amendment guarantees freedom to practice religion. Who is Sebelius to negate that?



It's the Greens who have federal law on their side — the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which is supposed to limit how government impinges on religious practice. This law requires government to choose the least burdensome method of achieving its goal, which in this case could mean distributing morning after pills at DMVs or post offices rather than burdening employers.

Obama's lawyers claimed that the Greens' freedom of worship does not extend to their incorporated business. But for the Greens, there's more to religion than praying. They run their business according to biblical principles: closing on Sundays, refusing to haul beer even when their trucks run empty, and excluding morning after pills from the insurance coverage they offer their employees.

During oral argument, Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion, suggested there was nothing contradictory about religion and business. Alito asked what would happen if Congress passed a law similar to a recent Danish enactment that bars slaughtering animals while they are conscious. Would Jewish and Muslim butcher shops be allowed exemptions?

Kagan asked whether a victory for Hobby Lobby would invite more challenges to the government's mandated benefit package. "So one religious group could opt out of this, and another religious group could opt out of that, and everything would be piecemeal, and nothing would be uniform." Kagan apparently prefers a dismal uniformity with everyone in lockstep obeying government mandates.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.


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