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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 August 11, 2010 / 1 Elul 5770

Muslim-turned-‘infidel’, now 18, is ready to begin life anew

By Rene Stutzman



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) In an interview Tuesday, Rifqa Bary's father told The Orlando Sentinel that he still loves his daughter and hopes she will soon come back to her family.

"We're a family," said Mohamed Bary in a phone call from Columbus, Ohio. "We love her. We want the best for her. No matter what happened, she's our daughter."

Rifqa turned 18 Tuesday, and the case pitting her against her parents — and symbolically Christianity vs. Islam — formally ended on the order of a Columbus judge.

She is now free to live where she chooses and practice the religion of her choice.

The end of the case also made moot a gag order that had kept both sides from talking to reporters.

Her father and mother disclosed Tuesday that their daughter two weeks ago sent them a video, along with candy and music, saying she loved them.

She also has sent them letters. In one, she thanked them for helping her be a successful student. She graduated recently from a Columbus-area high school, her father said, and was valedictorian.

" 'I'm here because of you guys,' " her father said she wrote them.

Mohamed Bary said he has no idea where Rifqa, now an adult and on her own, will spend the night. She had been in a foster home in Ohio.

He also does not know what she plans for the future, but he hopes it includes him, her mother and two brothers.

John Stemberger, one of her Orlando lawyers, said Rifqa likely will become a Christian missionary to China.

"She wants to preach the gospel to the nations. That's what she says all the time," he said.

One of her Columbus attorneys, Kort Gatterdam, would not talk about where she'll live in the next few days or what she'll do, except to say that that's been taken care of.

An Orlando friend said Tuesday that Rifqa will return here soon for a visit. Last summer, John Law helped Rifqa run away by paying for her Columbus-to-Orlando bus ticket and meeting her at the Orlando Greyhound station. At the time, he was president of Global Revolution Church, the congregation whose pastors took her in.

Law said Tuesday that the date of Rifqa's visit here had not yet been set but that it likely would not be this week or weekend.

In a prepared statement released Tuesday, her parents criticized her attorneys for defending her right to stop chemotherapy. Rifqa has had three operations and a limited amount of chemotherapy because of uterine cancer. She is now cancer-free and decided to stop chemotherapy.

That has upset her parents, who say they fear the cancer will come back.

Gatterdam, her Columbus attorney, said Tuesday that she now has no medical insurance and no ability to pay for cancer treatment, should she need it.

Rifqa disappeared from her suburban Columbus home July 19, 2009, setting off a manhunt that ended three weeks later, when an Orlando husband-and-wife team of Christian evangelical pastors, Blake and Beverly Lorenz, reported that she was living with them.

According to Rifqa, her father had threatened to kill her for converting to Christianity. Authorities found no evidence to support that claim or that members of the family's mosque would harm her.

The case set off a firestorm of reaction, particularly from conservative Christians, who flooded Gov. Charlie Crist's office with thousands of e-mail messages and phone calls, demanding that he keep her in Florida and keep her safe.

In October, an Orlando judge ordered her moved from an Orlando-area foster home to Ohio, where she moved in with a new foster family.

Although her parents said they would allow her to practice Christianity if she would just come home, they and their lawyers failed to win her back.

They have not had a private face-to-face conversation, even in the presence OF a family counselor, since she ran away, the parents' Ohio attorney, Omar Tarazi, said Tuesday.

He said with the court case finished, he hoped that within a short time, the family could privately reconcile.

Said her father, "We would like to be with her, like to be with our daughter. Unfortunately, our family has been ripped apart."


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