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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

Court to decide whether religious challenge to health care law may proceed

By Michael Doyle





Believe it or not, it has come to this


JewishWorldReview.com |

W ASHINGTON— (MCT) Federal judges are seriously entertaining ways to revive a religious liberty lawsuit that North Carolina's Belmont Abbey College filed against the Obama administration's signature health care law.

In a closely watched and occasionally electrifying oral argument, members of a powerful three-judge appellate panel suggested they might restore Belmont Abbey's legal challenge but keep it dormant until the administration issues final new health care rules.

A compromise of sorts, this would keep the lawsuit alive before a trial judge who'd previously dismissed it as premature.

"It doesn't decide the case," Judge Merrick Garland suggested, "but it holds on to the case."



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A Roman Catholic college founded by Benedictine monks about 15 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., Belmont Abbey has filed one of 41 lawsuits nationwide challenging a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that sets insurance coverage standards.

The provision requires employers' health insurance plans to cover certain medical procedures, including immunizations, mammograms and — most controversially — contraceptive services such as sterilization and emergency oral contraception.

Combined for now with a similar challenge filed by Illinois' Wheaton College, the Belmont Abbey lawsuit is the first of the legal challenges to the law to reach the appellate level. The schools, as well as some employers that are challenging the law, contend that the contraception coverage mandate runs counter to First Amendment protections.

"It's a violation of their religious liberty," attorney Kyle Duncan told the panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Because of its sway over many federal agency decisions, the Washington-based appellate court sometimes is called the nation's second-highest court. In the Belmont Abbey case, argued for 65 minutes Friday before a crowded courtroom, the panel won't decide the underlying First Amendment dispute.

Instead, the judges most likely will decide whether the colleges' lawsuit will be dismissed as premature, permitted to proceed full-steam ahead or, as Garland suggested, be held "in abeyance" while final health care rules are revised and set.

The Obama administration argues, and the trial judge agreed in September, that it's too early for legal challenges since the rule implementing the contraception mandate remains under revision.

Still, underscoring the higher stakes involved, Judge A. Raymond Randolph sounded distinctly sympathetic to the religious schools. A Republican appointee, Randolph spoke of religious colleges and employers "bending to the government's will" under the health care law, as well as a "chilling effect" that even temporary rules might impose on people's First Amendment rights.

"Do you concede that the rule in its present form is unconstitutional?" Randolph pointedly asked Justice Department attorney Adam C. Jed.

Jed disputed the point, and said the Obama administration intended to publish revised rules before next April. Administration officials say the revised rules will offer stronger protections for religious schools and employers that seek exemptions from the contraception mandate.

"The government has said from the very beginning that it's going to take seriously the concerns," Jed said.

The issue first arose earlier this year, when Catholic leaders and the White House quarreled over the contraception mandate. The government subsequently offered a compromise that granted women free coverage of contraceptives but put the cost onus on insurance companies. Nonetheless, skeptics argue that the exemptions provide inadequate protection for non-churches, and say they can't rely on the new rules being an improvement.

"The government is simply saying they are going to change something in the future," Duncan said. "It is not binding."

Duncan is with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed the Belmont Abbey and Wheaton lawsuits pro bono. The Becket Fund also has represented Belmont Abbey in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints filed by eight faculty members, who say the college's policy against covering contraception discriminates against them.

Enforcement of the contraceptive-coverage mandate, which might include fines, won't start until January 2014. The administration has offered a "safe harbor" shielding organizations from punishment until then. Citing the potential rule changes, a trial judge dismissed Belmont Abbey's lawsuit in July as premature.

"If the agency fails to amend the exemption from the contraceptive-coverage provision by the time the safe harbor lapses, (Belmont Abbey) will be free to renew its challenge to the rule at that time," U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg wrote.

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