In this issue
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 Nov. 12, 2012/ 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Truly, there is always hope

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Why was Chris Matthews on the dais?" This remains the most frequently asked question I get about the presidential election. It refers to the Al Smith dinner, an annual event that raises money for Catholic charities, (many of which are threatened by Obama administration policies), just weeks before the big day. Both presidential candidates attended the dinner, hosted by the Archdiocese of New York.

To answer the question, permit me to say that I was elated at the post-election news out of Boston -- obviously, not at the results at the top of the ticket. I celebrated the defeat of Question 2 in Massachusetts, a ballot initiative that would have legalized assisted suicide in the Bay State.

The ballot measure looked like a sure thing. In October, two-thirds of voters supported it, according to polling. But then something happened. Unexpected sources started supporting Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, who had been urging opposition to the initiative. Vicki Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy's widow, in particular, was a merciful break in the trajectory of the campaign. Very clearly, she called Question 2 antithetical to her late husband's legacy, writing that it "turns his vision of health care for all on its head by asking us to endorse patient suicide -- not patient care -- as our public policy."

When he was diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. Kennedy had been told he would have two to four months to live. Had the assisted suicide law voters struck down this Election Day been in force then, Kennedy could have asked a doctor to end his life. A doctor -- and this is where disability groups in particular were especially worried -- could have urged him to give up. Less money spent, fewer medical resources, and, of course, the suggestion that his family would be better off if they didn't have to watch him suffer.

But Mrs. Kennedy pushed against these inclinations. And the prognosis turned out to be wrong. Kennedy would go on to cast more votes in the Senate, speak at the 2008 Democratic convention, finish a book and throw a pitch at a Red Sox game, among other things. His widow went on to talk about the gift she had in those last 15 months, a gift that might never have existed if assisted suicide were legal.

The lesson of this successful campaign is something of a testament to truth-telling. In politics -- in human relationships -- telling the truth can be a challenge. It can be uncomfortable. But we owe it to ourselves and to one another. And on issues of literally life and death!

The truth won out in Massachusetts. And the victory, made possible by a diverse coalition of Catholics, black pastors, disability rights activists and liberal Democrats, stands as a lesson on other issues impacting the dignity of human life.

The truth was not heard on a wide-scale level this election cycle. Much of the country had very little idea that the administration has redefined religious liberty while in office, making the claim that basic health care includes abortion-inducing drugs, as well as contraception and female sterilization, and that religious employers and others would have to provide coverage of these things they find morally objectionable or face grievous penalties.

And so the answer to the question about Chris Matthews is this: A limited number of people are going to listen to a pro-life Catholic columnist from a conservative magazine writing about the Obama administration policy she objects to. A finite number of people will be in the pews every Sunday to hear about why we should value religious freedom. But people are open to unexpected joy, even in suffering. It's why people pursue all kinds of pleasures that only wind up bringing them more heartache.

And so even though the MSNBC host had likened his own church's stance on abortion to Shariah law days before the dinner, he was on that dais because if you see a truth about the fullness of human life and freedom, you have to share it with all. You have to welcome all. And you have to make them feel welcome and loved. And then you tell them the truth. And you live the truth. And it might just catch on. It worked in Massachusetts this November.

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