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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 24, 2011 / 24 Menachem-Av, 5771

Kardashian, husband in marriage for media

By Marybeth Hicks

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My old friend Ross put up this Facebook post yesterday: "Can someone explain to me the media/public obsession with the Kardashians?"

You're probably thinking, Does your friend Ross live in a cave?

Nope. He's a public relations guy who spent about 20 years as an assignment editor in a TV newsroom.

Suffice to say his post generated plenty of feedback. Mostly, his Facebook friends shared his dismay that the Kardashians are now an iconic American family.

Having never met them - OK, having never actually watched an entire E! Entertainment news story about them - I can't comment on the Kardashians personally. I'm sure Kim, Khloe and Kourtney are as lovely as they seem.

What's disconcerting about the Kardashian craze (or would that be "kraze"?) in the aftermath of Kim Kardashian's lavish Saturday nuptials to NBA player Kris Humphries (again with the "K" names) is the statement it makes about marriage in America.

It appears that marriage is about weddings. And weddings are about rich people.

The Kardashian/Humphries wedding is expected to generate more than $17 million in earnings for the couple, thanks to a deal they made with E! Entertainment Television to air the ceremony and reception in a two-part TV special.

For most folks, weddings fall into the "expense" column. For these folks, it was a business venture.

The circus surrounding this spectacle (Headline: "Kim Kardashian Wedding Inspires Gold Commemorative Coin") is likely only to reinforce the opinion of 40 percent of Americans who now believe marriage, as an institution, is obsolete.

That alarming statistic is only one that I cite in my new book, "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom." (Buy it at a 34% discount by clicking here. It was released yesterday. Hey, if the Kardashians can engage in shameless self-promotion, why not a lowly columnist?)

The reality is that traditional families - those formed around a husband and wife who remain married for life, and that include their biological children - are increasingly on the decline.

According to a Pew Research Center 2010 study, only about half of all American adults are married, down from 72 percent in 1960. Moreover, marriage is a luxury fewer people can afford. The Pew study shows a 16 percent gap in marriage rates between those with a college education and those with a high school diploma or less. In 1940, that gap was only 4 percent.

The Pew study also revealed that young Americans accept "new" forms of families and generally define a "family" by the presence of children. Married with kids, unmarried with kids, gay couples with kids, as well as married couples without children all are considered by a majority of those surveyed to meet the definition of a "family." The only scenario that doesn't is unmarried without children.

Why does this matter?

Because the family is the foundation of any society. Not the "new" family, but the old-fashioned kind, with lifelong married couples who have children, educate them, raise them in the practice of a faith, and become grandparents, planting seeds and growing roots in their communities and thus creating the infrastructure of civil society.

As open-minded as we seem to want to be about the nature of "family," the truth is that while some relationships may feel close, as societal anchors, they miss the mark.

Our media gives us very few examples of healthy, wholesome, traditional families. We certainly can't look at the Kardashian-Humphries union as anything more than a marriage-for-media, further proof that the institution devised by God for our well-being and for the benefit of children has been undermined beyond recognition.

But not Mrs. Kardashian-Humphries, according to this headline: "Kim Kardashian's brow expert reveals pre-wedding brow-shape countdown."

If only the shape of family life in America got as much attention.

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JWR contributor Marybeth Hicks, a wife of more than 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. To comment, please click here.


© 2009, Marybeth Hicks